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an open to letter to friends and family on same sex marriage

Same sex marriage has been in the news quite a bit this summer. Most recently, a federal judge in California ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. This was the ballot initiative that banned same sex marriage by amending the California Constitution. Although this court action seems like a victory for same sex marriage, it is one step in a long process to marriage equality for gay people….

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Holding Families Together

Here’s a pretty good 4 part video released on YouTube by PFLAG about GLBT teens rejected by their families and PFLAG’s role in the reconciliation process. From the video’s post…Holding Families Together looks at social problems that result when parents reject their LGBT sons and daughters. Teens that come out are more likely to become homeless and turn to drugs, prostitution and crime. When rejected,…

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the true meaning of christmas

Earlier this week I experienced what the true meaning of Christmas really is. I was on a committee for our department’s annual holiday charity giving. We had selected a local special needs agency. They provide housing for 43 adults with special needs. Our department provided gifts for all the residents and hosted a holiday party. It was at the party that I experienced the Christmas…

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adoption of the report and recommendation on ministry policies

As I stated in my post earlier in the week, I am sharing my personal thoughts on the actions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly related to sexuality. I was a voting member at the 2007 assembly where the resolution was passed calling for a review of the ELCA ministry policies and a recommendation to be presented at this summer’s assembly. This resolution was targetting…

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publicly accountable lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships

This week I thought I would give my take on some of the actions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly related to sexuality. I thought I would begin with implementing resolution 1 for the Sexuality Statement. Resolution 1: Adopted by a vote of 619-402: “Resolved, that the ELCA commit itself to finding ways to allow congregations that choose to do so to recognize, support and…

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a most monumental day

Nineteen years ago on a cold late October night Brett and I and a handful of gay Lutherans huddled in the living room of the Christ Lutheran parsonage in Cuyahoga Falls. Little did those present know how our lives would be transformed by this meeting. Lutherans Concerned became an integral part of our lives. As our lives changed, so did Lutherans Concerned. Initially we were…

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