or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Mom › Talk Amongst Ourselves › Spirituality › Religious Studies › Any Christian churches that don't persecute homosexuals?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Any Christian churches that don't persecute homosexuals? - Page 2

post #21 of 48
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking into a UU alternative, but I really would like to find something Christ-based. Can it be possible that every Christ-centered faith discriminates against gay people?
post #22 of 48
No, the Quakers dont. I attended a quaker boarding school that had a lesbian headmistress who was married in the school meeting house! Woot!!
post #23 of 48
i just want to say thank you for starting this thread
post #24 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by KayleeZoo View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking into a UU alternative, but I really would like to find something Christ-based. Can it be possible that every Christ-centered faith discriminates against gay people?
The Episcopal church in the US is a good choice! It's Christ-based, and doesn't discriminate. There is an bishop, Gene Robinson, who has written a book (Swept to the Center by God...I think) that's supposed to be pretty good on the topic, and he's openly gay.
post #25 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by KayleeZoo View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking into a UU alternative, but I really would like to find something Christ-based. Can it be possible that every Christ-centered faith discriminates against gay people?
Could you clarify what you mean by "Christ-centered"? Since most of the recommendations are, unlike the UU, specifically Christian, I'm not sure if you're looking for something more specific in terms of differences within Christian doctrine.
post #26 of 48
Thread Starter 
I just checked out some more of the ones listed on the search that a PP posted (thanks eclipse!) and found a couple of possibles! Yay! One of them says that they require financial support from all members, which can't happen because DH is athiest and we agreed that I would not tithe "our" money, but the LDS church requires it too and I was able to refrain tithing due to my marital situation.

I'm really bummed that a local church where friends attend is strictly anti-gay. It seems like a great, family-oriented church that really focuses on children. I emailed them and the pastor told me the same old thing- the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. Sigh.
post #27 of 48
If none of them work out, you might try contacting any GLBT community centers in your area directly and seeing if they know better than google.
post #28 of 48
My experience is with UCC (United Church of Christ) and American Baptist Churches. Both have open and affirming/welcoming organizations for churches that openly welcome and support people of all sexual orientations/gender identities.

http://www.ucccoalition.org/programs/ona/
http://www.wabaptists.org/
post #29 of 48
I'm curious, too, about the use of the word persecute. Do you consider any church that teaches that gay and lesbian people should be celibate, or does not bless their unions, to be persecuting gay and lesbian people?
post #30 of 48
Thread Starter 
bax, that's a good question. yes, i guess i do believe that any church that teaches the principle that gays should be celibate and therefore not have the same rights to marry and live as spouses is persecuting. at any rate, it's discriminatory, and that's the total opposite of how i picture jesus christ. i just want to be able to worship in a church where no one person is judged by their sexual orientation or anything else that is out of their control. and i don't want my children to be taught that such judgement is acceptable. the lds church bugs me in other ways, too. but that's a different thread for a different day.
post #31 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by athansor View Post
The Episcopal church in the US is a good choice! It's Christ-based, and doesn't discriminate. There is an bishop, Gene Robinson, who has written a book (Swept to the Center by God...I think) that's supposed to be pretty good on the topic, and he's openly gay.
This reminds me... (I like to plug this movie whenever possible!) I wholeheartedly suggest the movie "For the Bible Tells me So". Gene Robinson was among the people featured in the film. It's truly amazing, and does a fantastic job reconciling religion and homosexuality. Loved it. There were some upsetting parts, but on the whole I found it very healing.
post #32 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by KayleeZoo View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking into a UU alternative, but I really would like to find something Christ-based. Can it be possible that every Christ-centered faith discriminates against gay people?
United Church of Christ! It's "open and affirming" which means all people are welcome exactly as they are. Our church has a mission for gay and lesbians and their families and one of our pastors is a lesbian.

The church is Christ centered and has an interpretive approach to the bible. http://www.ucc.org/steeples-campaign-registration.html
post #33 of 48
I'd go with the community of christ as they are a form of lds but are much more accepting than lds. used to be called rlds.


nak
post #34 of 48
Would you be OK with the overall denomination moving in the direction that you are seeking and specific congregations being more welcoming than others? That would be my summary of where the Episcopal Church is. The denomination has said they believe gays to be equal members but are trying to walk a fine line between what the Episcopal Church believes and what other Anglican churches worldwide are comfortable with. Some congregations are very openly "gay supportive" with gay clergy, and semi-under-the-table blessings of gay unions (under a variety of names). Others aren't quite there but will support gay members to the max. Some others are more, hm..., traditional in their beliefs. So you would have to find the right congregation. But I can say that while my congregation has refrained from blessing gay unions opening, they will do so privately and they were perfectly happy to baptize both my children with gay godparents. No anti-gay sentiment expressed, several openly gay staff members, and a float in the GLBT parade.
post #35 of 48

Episcopal

I am a 'Piscy and depending on your area, many are very supportive of LGBT. The national church definitely is. There are very conservative pockets in terms of individual churches but you would never find the ECUSA doing a LDS style attack on the LGBT community. I attended a parish with an openly gay male priest for years. He baptized my children and was president of a Episcopal grassroots organization that advocated for that community. He was quoted quite a bit in national news when the Matthew Shepherd murder happened. If you PM me what state you are in I might be able to help point you to a good church.
post #36 of 48
my church is a member of the ELCA (evangelical lutheran church in america) and i am proud to say they put ads in local papers that state "gay or straight" among other stuff they accept. i wish i had a copy i could send you; it is so beautifully written, "we are all god's children" etc.

good luck!
post #37 of 48
Church if the Brethren
post #38 of 48
My church (Reformed Baptist) believes that homosexual behavior is sinful. It does not persecute homosexuals.

My church also believes that lying, lust, greed, pride and stealing are sinful. It does not persecute people who do those things, either.
post #39 of 48
A Reconciling in Christ ELCA Lutheran church would be great, but there are many congregations who are open who haven't become officially RiC congregations. Our church isn't officially one yet, but we're working on it. I went to a service the other night at another church that is, to hear the Executive Director of Lutherans Concerned/North America ("an organization committed to the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identitites in the Lutheran church and its ecumenical and global partners"). I was in tears several times as she spoke, and became even more committed to be involved in the movement. For more info about LC/NA, check out www.lcna.org
post #40 of 48
Thread closed for moderator review.

ETA: I have split the thread into two conversations; please note that this thread should remain within the basic discussion begun by the OP.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Religious Studies
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Mom › Talk Amongst Ourselves › Spirituality › Religious Studies › Any Christian churches that don't persecute homosexuals?