For the Mennonite Church USA Assembly in Columbus Ohio (ending on 5 July 2009), Christians affirming of the place and ministry of lesbian, gay and transgendered people in the church have organised an imaginative witness
Public life demands ‘tough’ corporate attributes rather than what it labels ‘soft’ personal ones – like love and gratitude. Simon Barrow argues that the communal cultivation of loving relation is needed to help redirect the official anonymity of the social order.
A Christian organisation based in the United States has attracted international criticism after it posted a video on YouTube showing church elders trying to “cast out a spirit” from a gay sixteen-year-old.
California’s Supreme Court has upheld a ban on same-sex marriage, disappointing gay rights campaigners across the USA, who took to the streets in solidarity. The California Council of Churches has condemned the Court’s decision.
A strong statement from a range of evangelical organizations has called on the Church of Scotland to affirm the membership and ministry of gay people in the church on biblical and traditional grounds - in opposition to anti-gay activists.