Some people may be understandably confused about the Church of England’s position on same-sex partnerships and equal marriage. Official statements, the publicly-voiced views of senior clergy and broader opinions among church members point in different directions. Part of this is to do with realism, but shifts in understanding also play a part.
In argument we attack and defend on the basis of positions we know and hold. Conversations are determined by questions in which we inquire also about what we don’t, and can entertain the new, says Martin Marty. Nowhere is such an approach needed more than in the vociferously contested debate about sexuality.
America's religious leaders must do a better job of promoting sexual health, education and justice in congregations and communities, the Religious Institute asserts in a new report released on 10 February 2010.
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.
Kenyan church leaders have become embroiled in an argument about a draft marriage law with a clause on polygamy. But civil rights activists say that the bill could end a range of abuses, and that church practise should not be imposed on the whole of society.
‘Men-women’ have become the criminalized ‘homosexuals’ of Senegal, a ‘gay’ man is left unburied, and the transsexual teenager lives with the medical diagnosis of ‘psychosis’, writesMelissa Conroy. So what is 'normal' and what part does religion play in defining it?