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United Methodist high court to consider challenges to gay teachings

WASHINGTON — Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is … Continued

NY state pastor among Methodists defying church law

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Rev. Steve Heiss presided at his first same-sex marriage ceremony in a field in upstate New … Continued

Why Buddhists should support gay marriage

May 24, 2013A family takes an offering of lotus flowers to pay respects to a giant Buddha, surrounded by more … Continued

Keeping the faith: 2012 in gay rights victories

AFP/GETTY IMAGES In May, President Obama became the first U.S. president to say publicly he was in favor of same-sex … Continued

Protecting circumcision in Germany

Markus Schreiber AP Mohel doctor Yacov Gassinovitch, center, is surround by other Rabbis and relatives as he holds eight days … Continued

Ryan Andresen: Gay scout, good scout?

REUTERS Ryan Andresen is pictured in this undated handout photo received by Reuters October 5, 2012. The mother of Andresen, … Continued

Rediscovering the reasons for our existence

AP Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Washington’s first female and ninth Episcopal Bishop, smiles during her consecration service at the Washington … Continued

Episcopal bishop says yes _ and no _ to gay blessings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Episcopal Bishop Kee Sloan of Alabama voted in favor of his church’s new ritual for blessing same-sex … Continued

Boy Scouts of America should learn from its own history

DAVID MANNING REUTERS Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, 20, of Iowa City, Ia., talks after delivering a 280,000 signature petition to … Continued

Reaction mixed to Episcopal Church’s approval of same-sex rites

Gay and lesbian Episcopalians are celebrating their church’s approval on Tuesday (July 10) of liturgical rites for blessing same-sex couples. … Continued

Anglicans after Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the year to … Continued

Remembering a local activist

As I visited with Dr. W. Astor Kirk in his hospital room on August 11, he was very ill and … Continued

Shared commitment to women and children

By Rev. Richard Cizik and Rev. Debra W. Haffner They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, and perhaps they are … Continued

“Morale” and “unit cohesion” are real questions

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

It’s DADT that’s immoral – not homosexuality

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

Sexual and gender diversity enriches us all

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

An open letter to religious leaders on gay youth suicides: it’s time to act out loud

Dear Clergy Colleagues: It’s Monday morning, and you are probably not quite ready to think about next weekend’s sermon. Perhaps … Continued

Keep the faith, Ms. Rice – change the venue

Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no … Continued

The fine line between persuasion and manipulation

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Ask and tell is also a religious position

Homosexuality IS a religious issue, at least it is if you are religious and happen to believe your faith should … Continued