Homophobia Alive and Well
It's been a wierd few weeks of news for gay and lesbians in society and the church. We've had a deputy mayor in Italy call for ethnic cleansing of gay and lesbians, reminding us of where hate inevitably leads.
We've had gay supportive church services stormed by anti-gay protesters reminding us that the church can be a victim of homophobia. And another church made news by refusing to hold a funeral for a gay man
And while trials are hopefully a thing of the past in the ELCA Lutheran Church, the ban on celibate gay and lesbian clergy continues with the Christian Century concluding that no other mainline churches are looking to follow the UCC's open support of gblt folks.
I don't want to downplay the step the ELCA has made in ending the harassment of clergy. Such a thing has plagued the churches in a way that strikes me as anti-thetical to the Gospel. Street Prophets has a nice piece on the step forward the ELCA made.
Sometimes the news gets overwhelming and seeing evidences of God's graces in the world is not easy. I apologize for my blog absence. I have not figured out how to afford the move to Indy to attend seminary so I've been scrambling to find a job and ways to get there.