Celebrating a Pioneer

Fifteen years ago, when I took the role of Executive Director, people took it upon themselves to warn me about Brent Hawkes.  It was 2002 and the Canadian debate about marriage equality was heating up.  At that time, the ministry held a traditional theological position on marriage.  And Rev. Hawkes was a gay clergy person,…

Nuancing Church Clarity

A new website launched last week called churchclarity.com, and already there is a lot of buzz.  Simply said, this group is looking for churches to be clear about their policies regarding LGBTQ+ inclusion.  As they say on their home page, “We believe that ambiguity is harmful and clarity is reasonable.”  Through crowdsourcing, they want to…

Nashville Statement: the Antithesis of Generous Space

Since the release of the Nashville Statement (NS) on August 29, 2017 there have been many supportive and encouraging responses for LGBTQ+ people.  See:  Denver Statement  Liturgists Statement Christians United Statement While my sense is that the NS was intended to rally momentum and power among a certain group within the U.S. church, what it…