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May 2005 Newsletter
Equal Marriage Rights
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A Letter to the Boy Scouts of America
The Rev. Gene Huff returns his Eagle Scout Medal.
Testimony of Chris Harris
to the Presbytery of Cincinnati
Presbyterian elder Chris Harris compares debates over sexual orientation
to debates over slavery.
Christian and Homosexual Persecution
A Letter from the Rev. Jan Nunley to the Honolulu Star Bulletin
comparing persecution of Christians and sexual minorities.
One Body of Christ
A Letter from the Rev. Jan Nunley to the Dallas Morning News
regarding gay and lesbian Episcopalians.
A Journey In Faith
Rev. Andrew A. Barasda, Jr., an Episcopal priest, discusses his faith
journey as a gay man.
The Boring Parts of Torah
Rabbi Arthur Waskow discusses the AIDS quilt and the book of Exodus.
What Was the Sin of Sodom?
A collection of classical Jewish texts.
Compilation and commentary by Robert Kaiser,
with an additional note from Arthur Waskow
Martyrs of Our People
Reaction by the Gay and Lesbian Rabbinic Network to the murder of
The Cold Bony Hand of Injustice Touches Us All
Rev. Victoria Weinstein, a Unitarian Universalist minister, reflects
on the murder of Matthew Shepard.
Children and Weddings
A letter to Ann Landers from the Rev. John A. Nelson.
Response to the Judicial Charge
Rev. Jimmy Creech, a United Methodist pastor,
responds to the charges bought against him for performing a ceremony
celebrating the union of two women.
A Statement by Christians
Christians attending the Fourth Fosdick
Convocation on Preaching and Worship
issued this statement affirming that
"relationships should be characterized by
mutuality, commitment, respect, and love, regardless of sexual
A Madison Affirmation
A statement endorsed by 68 Christian
clergy and additional non-Christian clergy affirming that "homosexuality
is neither sickness nor sin."
Oak Park Domestic Partnership Registry Letter
A letter from Oak Park (IL) Clergy in support of the proposed Domestic
An Anglican Pride Day Service
Text of the sermon delivered at a service of praise and thanksgiving
to mark Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Day at the
Church of St. John the Evangelist in Ottawa, Canada.
Statement by Rev. Jimmy Creech
The Rev. Jimmy Creech supports the
variety of ways that people will witness at his trial
"in support of justice, respect, acceptance
and inclusion of all of God's children in the Body of Christ"
Hatred is Intolerable
Letter writer Alan Light responds to the frequent claim that tolerance