Spiritual Balm for the Sexually Variant

March 5, 2006

San Jose, Calif. (PRWEB) March 5, 2006 — Rod Brannum-Harris’ new book, The Pharisees Amongst Us, is a spiritual guide for anyone, gay or straight, who wants to better understand how the Divine hand behind the world encourages our differences.

The Pharisees Amongst Us is not only replete with assurances for homosexuals in America, but for all the sexually variant who feel oppressed and marginalized by fundamentalist Christians who parade the media with judgment as a God-given right. Using the Gospels as a measure-mark, The Pharisees Amongst Us pinpoints the hypocrisy cloaked as the Christian Right in contemporary politics and daily life.

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Ice Hotel Quebec-Canada’s First Lesbian Wedding

February 20, 2006

(PRWEB) February 20, 2006 — The Ice Hotel Quebec-Canada is hosting its first lesbian wedding of two American ladies in its world famous Ice Chapel during March, 2006. It is the second time in its six year history that the Ice Hotel is hosting a same sex marriage. Last year two gentlemen from England were united in wed lock and ever since then there has been an increasing demand.

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Whosoever Magazine – Link

February 18, 2006
Whosoever
An Online Magazine for Gay Lesbian Bisexul
and Transgender Christians
http://www.whosoever.org/index.shtml
“…whosoever believeth in him
shall not perish, but have life everlasting.”
-John 3:16

Our Mission:

Whosoever Ministries, Inc. exists to create safe and sacred space for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians by working to build welcoming and inclusive communities of faith both online and in local regions. Understanding that many GLBT people of faith have been spiritually scarred by mainstream church teachings, Whosoever’s ministries provide resources to help GLBT people reclaim their faith, rekindle their relationship to God through Christ, and grow in their spiritual relationship to God.

Whosoever is dedicated to emboldening GLBT people and their straight allies to work for justice and equality within the church and society at large. Whosoever strives to assure GLBT people that they are included in God’s unconditional love and are already justified by their faith and sanctified by grace alone.

http://www.whosoever.org/index.shtml

January 27, 2006 RULING UPHOLDING DOMESTIC PARTNER LAWS CELEBRATED BY LGBT AND CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATES

January 29, 2006
Attack on LGBT Families Rebuffed
by Third Appellate District Decision

January 27, 2006 Sacramento, CA (eqca) – Today’s Third Appellate District ruling affirming California’s Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities Act (Assembly Bill 205) and AB 25, a domestic partnership rights bill passed in 2001, is an important milestone for same-sex couples, according to leading LGBT and civil rights advocacy organizations.

“The extremists’ attempt to eliminate domestic partner rights in California failed last year, and it failed again today,? said Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California (EQCA), one of the defendants in the case.“Like other courts in California and in other states, the Third Appellate District clearly understands that all Californians must have access to these rights. The Campaign for Children and Families (CCF) and other extremists have been sent a strong message: Domestic partners are entitled to full protection under the law.?

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It’s in Giving That We Receive

January 19, 2006

By Candace Chellew-Hodge
Whosoever magazine

“It’s in giving that we receive.”
-Prayer of St. Francis, 13th century saint

“When you give, You begin to live, You get the world.”
-“You Might Die Trying” Dave Matthews Band, 21st century musical group

I have what some people might call “issues” around money. I grew up in a fairly middle class family, the daughter of a Southern Baptist preacher who apparently did pretty well for himself. We always had nice houses, nice clothes, nice toys – all the amenities of the American middle class.

Until …

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What the Bible Says – And Doesn’t Say – About Homosexuality

January 8, 2006

by Rev. Mel White, co-founder of Soulforce

LIKE YOU, I TAKE THE BIBLE SERIOUSLY!

Many good people build their case against homosexuality almost entirely on the Bible. These folks value Scripture, and are serious about seeking its guidance in their lives. Unfortunately, many of them have never really studied what the Bible does and doesn’t say about homosexuality.

We gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians take the Bible seriously, too. Personally, I’ve spent more than 50 years reading, studying, memorizing, preaching, and teaching from the sacred texts. I earned my master’s and doctoral degrees at a conservative biblical seminary to better equip myself to “rightly divide the word of truth.” I learned Hebrew and Greek to gain a better understanding of the original words of the biblical texts. I studied the lives and times of the biblical authors to help me know what they were saying in their day so I could better apply it to my own. I’m convinced the Bible has a powerful message for gay and lesbian Christians — as well as straight Christians. But it’s not the message of condemnation we so often hear.

I’m not expecting you to take my word for it, though. I ask only that you’d consider what my research has taught me about the passages used by some people to condemn God’s gay and lesbian children. Then decide for yourself…

MY FIRST PREMISE:

Most people have not carefully and prayerfully researched the biblical texts often used to condemn God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.

As you may know, biblical ignorance is an epidemic in the United States. A recent study quoted by Dr. Peter Gomes in The Good Book found that 38 percent of Americans polled were certain the Old Testament was written a few years after Jesus’ death. Ten percent believed Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. Many even thought the epistles were the wives of the apostles.

This same kind of biblical ignorance is all too present around the topic of homosexuality. Often people who love and trust God’s Word have never given careful and prayerful attention to what the Bible does or doesn’t say about homosexuality.

For example, many Christians don’t know that:

  • Jesus says nothing about same-sex behavior.
  • The Jewish prophets are silent about homosexuality.
  • Only six or seven of the Bible’s one million verses refer to same-sex behavior in any way — and none of these verses refer to homosexual orientation as it’s understood today.

Most people who are certain they know what the Bible says about homosexuality don’t know where the verses that reference same-sex behavior can be found. They haven’t read them, let alone studied them carefully. They don’t know the original meaning of the words in Hebrew or Greek. And they haven’t tried to understand the historical context in which those words were written. Yet the assumption that the Bible condemns homosexuality is passed down from generation to generation with very little personal study or research. The consequences of this misinformation are disastrous, not only for God’s gay and lesbian children, but for the entire church. The apostle Paul says, “Test all things and hold fast to that which is good.” By reading this little pamphlet, you are taking Paul seriously. >>More


Gay Spirituality and Culture – Link

December 6, 2005

Gay Spirituality & Culture

http://gayspirituality.typepad.com/blog/

We are a group of independent writers with interests in inner transformation, personal growth, spirituality, religion, and culture for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community >>More