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Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Unitarian Universalist Association just recently had their 44th General Assembly. The UUA passed resolutions against the use of torture, in support of tackling world poverty, as well as calling for the abolition of the death penalty and reform of the criminal justice system. One event held by this church gathering was a dance party for delegates and the Fort Worth-Dallas gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Few denominations in this country could hold such an event. But there is the United Church of Christ which will be holding it's General Synod July 1-5 in Atlanta and they'll be considering a resolution in support of gay marriage both in the civic arena and within the denomination. It's a move which the president of the UCC has endorsed. A good place to catch up on the proceedings of this gathering and the resolutions being considered is to visit the UCC bloggers site.

Chuck Currie will be one of the folks in Atlanta sharing his thoughts on the goings on of this gathering as the UCC debate everything from investment in Israel to gay marriage to issues of christology. The only disappointment besides my lack of being able to attend these meetings is the media blackout which occurs when religious liberals meet unless of course there is a fight. On the other hand evangelical groups pronouncements regularily get covered.

This ends up producing a lopsided view of the faith. But I think the UCC understands this media terrain which is why they've done a lot to break through this barrier with clever campaigns such as God is Still Speaking, the tv ads showing bouncers throwing folks out of the church and even the adoption of Sponge Bob. They've also done a lot to make their own media, which the new UCC news site and their bloggers site is a testament to. The media saviness of the UCC needs to be rub off on other mainline denominations.


At 12:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a UCC pastor, who wholly supports the issue of Gay Marriage, I am honored to be a part of a demonination that is willing to take an unpopular stand

At 7:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a member of UCC church, and another who fully supports equal marriage rights for all, I, too, cheer my denomination in wrestling with and coming to a decision around this issue. I know that the decision was carefully and prayerfully discerned by those involved in making it. There are many who wish to say that we lay people will leave our church over this. It's simply not true. Many, many of us are proud. Thank you for including our posts.

At 8:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth is that nobody here can guage the individual or local church impact at this time. Only time will tell, but here is a hint: anytime a group does not speak for the majority...the leaders go, or the followers find a new group. Obvioudly the gay movement has concentrated on the UCC due to historic liberal bias. It is there best hope. My dollars will go elsewhere.

At 11:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 8:39 "anonymous" said that "the gay movement has concentrated on the UCC." Obviously spoken by someone who knows neither the United Church of Christ or the gay movement. Much to my dismay, the "gay movement" has pretty much ignored what's been going on in my church, and the gay movement would have been wise to collaborate with the church decades ago, because it might have benefitted the cause.

No, the United Church of Christ has reached its own conclusions about the equal status of gay people, based on our understanding of God as loving creator and our historic pursuit of justice and peace. This "new" resolution is just the next, logical step in our proclamation going back for almost 40 years that gay/lesbian people are made in the image of God just like the rest of humanity.

There are plenty of other churches that will gladly take your dollars and use them to discriminate against gay people and fulminate hate. If that makes you feel more like a follower of Jesus, then you probably need to send your dollars to them. (Not a scientific observation, but people who send their dollars "elsewhere" usually weren't putting a whole lot of dollars into the United Church of Christ anyway. Me? I tithe (10%) of my gross income to my church and I'm staying.)


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