June 07, 2008

"Sacred Conversations"

The seemingly radical idea of talking with someone instead of at them when there are areas of disagreement is the topic of a column by a UCC minister in the Des Moines Register:

Our religious discourse, particularly when mingled with politics, often creates chasms between people who have aims that are akin. The recent public pillorying of pastors Jeremiah Wright, John Hagee and Rod Parsley reminds me how intense it can be. If those pastors and I were to discuss our views on the nature of God, an appropriate use of the Bible, or how to remedy sin, we would likely have a degree of disagreement. But, as I tried to demonstrate to my breakfast companion, we do share similar core values and have related goals. Among them, we want to be better spouses, provide for the homeless and feed the hungry.

When our God talk leads to an excessive focus on the nature of the divine, especially when we put an emphasis on being right, we usually find ourselves in the briar patch. It can lead to a lot of talk: talking at each other, not with one another. Sometimes we demand correct doctrine to the detriment of collective action.

Another approach is to engage in sacred conversations. This style of communication seeks the divine within us and shared between us. An attitude of curiosity decreases the judging, and our attention focuses on justice and peacemaking. Some might claim that I am reaching for the lowest common denominator. I would submit that I am reaching for our greatest common capacity for good.

Click here to read the rest of the column.

June 06, 2008

Rebuttal to "Love Won Out"

I am proud to say I participated in an organized protest when this group came to the Washington DC area. They will be in Orlando, FL this weekend. and Wayne Besen's organizaiton is gearing up to shed light on their efforts.

From Truth Wins Out:

A coalition of gay and lesbian community leaders held a media conference today to counter Focus on the Family’s ex-gay Love Won Out symposium, which will take place on Saturday. The ex-gay road show was specifically planned to coincide with Gay Days at Disney and to push Focus on the Family’s election year political agenda, says TruthWinsOut.org (TWO).

“Love Won Out distorts gay life and confuses stereotypes with science, while selling false hope to vulnerable people,” said TruthWinsOut.org’s Executive Director Wayne Besen, at the media conference. “The symposium promotes outdated ideas that are rejected by every reputable mental health association in America. Unfortunately, the real goal of this conference is to pass anti-gay laws and stigmatize gay men and women.”

The conference is strategically timed in a presidential year that will include a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot that seeks to prohibit same-sex marriage and domestic partnership benefits. The event also coincides with Gay Days at Disney and takes place in the shadow of the monumental California Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Focus on the Family has exploited these opportunities and promoted this conference by placing offensive billboards in Orlando.

“This is a hurtful symposium that sends the toxic message that some people are inferior and need to change,” said Besen. “Love Won Out divides communities and pits people against each other for political gain.”

To highlight the trauma ex-gay ministries often cause families, TWO released an exclusive video today documenting the story of “ex-gay” survivor Robert Elster, who participated in ex-gay programs for 20 years. Convinced by these groups that he was cured, he married his wife Judy for 15 years and they had two children. Unfortunately, the marriage ended because Robert had not become straight. He had been sold false hope and bought into what he now calls his “inauthentic self.” Today, he lives as an out, proud openly gay man in California.

Additionally, TWO will participate in a Saturday PFLAG-sponsored prayer vigil in front of the Love Won Out conference at 7AM. (First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, 106 East Church Street).

You can watch the video by clicking on the link above. If you are in the Orlando area and care about GLBT people being accepted for who they are, I urge you to participate in the prayer vigil.

June 05, 2008

The Words of Robert Kennedy Ring True Today

Today is the 40th anniversary of Senator Robert F. Kennedy's assasination, which occurred as he exited a celebration after winning the 1968 California Democratic presidential primary.

I saw this excerpt from a speech he gave only a few weeks before, on April 5, 1968, the day following the assasination of Martin Luther King, Jr. These words were spoken toward racism, but they apply just as well to attitudes of hate and bigotry directed in our day toward GLBT people.

"When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies, to be met not with cooperation but with conquest; to be subjugated and mastered.

"We learn, at the last, to look at our brothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community; men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear, only a common desire to retreat from each other, only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. For all this, there are no final answers.

"Yet we know what we must do. It is to achieve true justice among our fellow citizens. The question is not what programs we should seek to enact. The question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of humane purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence.

"We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of others. We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge.

"Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanquish it with a program, nor with a resolution.

"But we can perhaps remember, if only for a time, that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek, as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can."

They Love Us, Or at Least Like Us.....

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To put this in perspective, that put SNN 84th out of 1,241 ranked in that category, comfortably in the top 10%.

I appreciate their affirmation of the work that has gone into this blog, especially as our 3rd birthday is upon us later this month.

You can see the most current ranking on the right hand side of the front page (unless is really drops, then the link might not, ahem, work anymore).

Will Same-Sex Marriage Become "Ordinary Life"?

Anna Quindlen, author and columnist, expresses that view in the new issue of Newsweek:

One of the most transformative social movements over our lifetime has been the battle for gay rights, and the key to its great success has been the grass-roots phenomenon of exploding stereotypes by simply saying, "Yes, I am." Each time the woman at the next desk or the guy down the street lets it be known that he or she is gay, it takes another brick out of the wall of division. Or, as Ellen DeGeneres told John McCain on her show recently, "We are all the same people, all of us."

That's what the California Supreme Court said when it ruled that gay couples should have the right to marry as a matter of basic equality. Before you could say "Jonathan and Andrew request the honour of your presence," opponents were suggesting that civilization would crash and burn if two guys could register at Pottery Barn and raise kids in a ranch house.

In the wake of the court's decision, those folks vowed to find a way to protect the sanctity of hetero marriage, that time-honored staple of sitcom mockery and savage custody fights. Polls showing opposition to gay marriage were proffered to prove that the court had overstepped its bounds, ignoring the fact that the most sacred business of judges is not to ratify the will of the majority but to protect the minority from its tyranny.

Gay men and lesbians have prospered because they've refused to acquiesce to the notion that they should hide their lives from public view. Two by two they've adopted children, bought homes, volunteered in their communities and slogged through life together just the way hetero couples do, except without preferential tax codes, inheritance rights and the automatic assumption that they can make decisions for one another in emergency situations. Too often, without legal protection, they have found themselves dependent on the kindness of those who were not kind, like the man in Indiana who became severely disabled and whose parents prohibited his partner of 25 years from visiting him in their home.

Someday soon the fracas surrounding all this will seem like a historical artifact, like the notion that women were once prohibited from voting and a black individual from marrying a white one. Our children will attend the marriages of their friends, will chatter about whether they will last, will whisper to one another, "Love him, don't like him so much." The California Supreme Court called gay marriage a "basic civil right." In hindsight, it will merely be called ordinary life.

Click here to read the rest of the column. The anti-gay comments are starting to build up below it, so you may want to skip that part.

June 04, 2008

Please Consider Signing This Petition

From the Human Rights Campaign and wholeheartedly endorsed by us:

Do you want to live in a country that legalizes discrimination? Despite the recent California Supreme Court decision that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional, efforts are underway throughout the country to take away rights from same-sex couples.

I just joined thousands of others in showing my support for marriage equality for all. But recently, proponents of bigotry and hate collected even more signatures in an attempt to invalidate the California Supreme Court decision. And they won't stop with California - extremists are even trying to add a same-sex marriage ban to the U.S. Constitution. We are at a turning point in our nation's history and I'm hoping you'll join me in standing up against discrimination. Please sign the Million for Marriage petition and get us one name closer to showing that Americans overwhelmingly support marriage equality!

Every committed couple deserves to enjoy the privileges andresponsibilities conferred by marriage. Add your name to thepetition and be a part of the movement to fight for marriageequality for all.

Thank you!

SIGN UP!

Let the Nuptuals Begin.....On June 17

The Associated Press reports that the California State Supreme Court has refused to stay its decision to allow same-sex marriage in the state, so as of June 17, there will be no gender restrictions for couples to be legally married in California. Since Governor Patterson of New York is working toward having those marriages recognized in his state, there could be a lot of coast-to-coast trips happening in the near future, especially since there is a chance an amendment could be voted into California's state constitution that would overrule the court's decision.

Here is the AP report.

Bishop Harry Jackson Should Be a Politician

That title is not a compliment. I'm making that statment based on these two videos of Bishop Jackson posted on Dr. Jerry Maneker's blog. The first one is him speaking to the group from Soulforce that visited his church, Hope Christian Church is the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. The second is an interview he gave the following week to Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network.

I make the politician remark because (1) he clearly tailors his remarks to his audience (2) he did not show the courage to make the negative remarks he made during the CBN interview to the faces of the people they were directed at when he had the opportunity a few days earlier and (3) since someone who truly had the heart of Christ wouldn't do that, he seems more suited for politics, where that is a fairly common occurrence.

The post on Dr. Maneker's blog also includes a response from Soulforce, expressing their disappointment with Bishop Jackson's obvious duplicity.

Here's the link. Don't watch the second video if you have high bloodpressure.

June 03, 2008

AIDS/LifeCycle Sets Record by Raising $11.5 million

From Gay News Blog:

More than 2,500 cyclists from all over the world rode exuberantly from San Francisco this morning, beginning a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride to Los Angeles as participants in the annual AIDS/LifeCycle. This year's riders and 500 volunteer roadies raised a record $11.5 million, more than any other annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event.

Now in its seventh year, the event benefits the HIV/AIDS-related services of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, two of the largest AIDS services providers in the country. Since its inception, AIDS/LifeCycle has raised more than $40 million for HIV/AIDS services. No other annual event raises more money in the fight against AIDS.

Lorri L. Jean, chief executive officer of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, said the ride is critical in fighting the widespread misperception that HIV and AIDS are no longer a problem.

"We've made many advances in the struggle against HIV and AIDS, but the fight is far from over," Jean said. "During the time it will take us to reach L.A., more than 1,000 Americans will become newly infected with HIV. What's more, HIV continues to be nothing less than a healthcare crisis internationally and in our own back yard. The 3,000 riders and volunteer roadies -- and the 60,000 people who sponsor them -- are raising awareness and making a statement that we will not stand idle in the face of the monumental challenge before us."

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Stephen Colbert Strikes Again

A few weeks ago, Stephen Colbert, the host of the infamous "Colbert Report" on Comedy Centra, interview the head of the Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solomonese, and hilarity insued as Solomonese engaged in some witty banter with the host.

Last week, Colbert reached across to the other side on the gay marriage issue when he interviewed Tony Perkins, the President of the right-wing Family Research Council. In my opinion, hilarity again insued, although Perkins was more of a recipient than a participant.

I link it here because I think satire, which this interview was, is often a good way of exposing just how silly a particular view of an issue is. I believe Colbert does just that here to the right-wing opposition to same-sex marriage.

Enjoy, thanks to PageOneQ.

June 02, 2008

Blogging for LGBT Families Day is Today!

The 3rd annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day is being celebrated at Mombian today. I encourage you to pop over there and check out this year's contributions!

Focus on the Family is at it again!

I first heard about this bill and Focus on the Family's fight against it from a podcast I get called "transponder". They played a clip from a radio ad that was absolutely disgusting. They make it sound like if this bill is passed, it will open the floodgates to sexual predators entering a women's restroom to assault someone! Or, that sexual predators will enter the girls' restrooms in schools!! It's just sad that they continue to make sex their priority. There's so much more in the world to be concerned about...like the economy! Smile.

Sharone


Focus on the Family lobbies against anti-bias bill
By Electa Draper The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 05/22/2008 05:41:18 PM MDT

A gay and lesbian Democratic group and conservative Christian lobbyists are battling over a bill expanding protections against discrimination in public life based on religion and sexual orientation.

Senate Bill 200 would ban discrimination based on a person's religious beliefs or sexual orientation — including transgendered people — in places of public accommodation, housing practices, family planning services and 20 other public spheres.

Gov. Bill Ritter has until June 5 to sign or veto the bill. Without gubernatorial action, the bill automatically becomes law.

Ritter has not yet indicated whether he will sign the bill, spokesman Evan Dreyer said Thursday.

Focus on the Family Action and Colorado Family Action say the bill would have serious consequences, such as opening Colorado public restrooms and locker rooms to all genders and transgendered people, exposing children and women to sexual predators.

The conservative lobbyists launched a radio ad campaign Wednesday urging Ritter to veto the bill.

"The disingenuous media attack campaign utilizes bigoted, unfounded and hate-inspiring scare tactics," the El Paso County Stonewall Democrats said in a statement.

"They spin the whole intent of the bill in a negative light just to cloak their claims for a bogus right to discriminate against gays, lesbians and transgender individuals," the statement said.

National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Democratic activists, according to the Colorado chapter's website.

Focus on the Family spokesman Tom Minnery said the anti-discrimination bill is so broadly drawn that it violates common sense and invades privacy.

Jim Pfaff, president of Colorado Family Action, said the measure could have numerous repercussions. For example, a wedding photographer would have to shoot the commitment ceremony of a gay couple, regardless of the photographer's religious beliefs about homosexuality.

"These are just scare tactics," said bill sponsor Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver. "These kinds of problems just don't materialize because of this kind of legislation."

The bill passed both houses May 2. Veiga said she expects Ritter to sign it.

"Our understanding is that the bill simply updates and brings consistency to existing anti-discrimination laws," Dreyer said.

"Focus on the Family is waging a political campaign based on misconstruing the facts and creating fear," Dreyer said.

June 01, 2008

National GLBT Advocacy

ACLU
Atticus Circle
Colage (straight kids, GLBT parents)
Equality Federation
Equality Forum
Family Equality Council
Freedom to Marry
GLAAD
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
HRC
Intl Gay & Lesbian HRC
Lambda Legal
Liberty Education Forum
Log Cabin Repulicans
Marriage Equality USA
Matthew Shepard Foundation
National Assoc of LGBT Centers
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
Out & Equal Workplace Adovcates
PFLAG
Pride at Work
Stonewall (UK)
Stonewall Democrats
Straight Spouse Network
Trevor Project
Truth Wins Out

GLBT Faith Advocacy

NATIONAL

General
Christian Gays
Epistle
Evangelicals Concerned
Faith in America
Gay Christian Online
Gay Christian Survivors
Gay Christian Net
Gay Church
HRC: About Religion and Faith
Interfaith Alliance
LGBT Religious Archives Network
NGLTF: Institute for Welcoming Resources
Operation: Rebirth (African-American)
Sojourners
Soulforce
Spiritual Fruits
The Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
The Evangelical Network
There's Victory Ministries
Welcoming Churches (list from GCN)
Whosoever

Baptist
Welcoming Baptists

Catholic

Dignity USA
Fortunate Families
New Ways Ministry
The Catholic Apostolic Church in North America

Episcopal
Integrity

International Christian Community Churches
ICCC

Mennonite
Brethern Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests

Methodist
Reconciling Ministries Network


Presbyterian
More Light Presbyterians

United Church of Christ
The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

Blogroll

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A Christian Voice for LGBT Rights
A Lie a Day
A Tiny Revolution
Adventures of a Christian CollegianAimless Ramblings of ZefrogAmerican Leftist
And Yes, I DO Take It PersonallyAverage Gay Joe
Back2Stonewall
BALM Ministries
Bark Bark Woof WoofBear Me Out-the Mind of the BearBetwixt and Between
Big Brass BlogBill and Kent
Birmingham BluesBlond SenseBox Turtle Bulletin
Crunchy GranolaCulture Choc
DemiOrator
Discoveringpride's WeblogDorothy SurrendersDr. Benton Quest
Ex-Gay Watch
Existential Punk
Fallicy Findings
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Feminary
Gay Agenda
Gay Persons of Color
Gay Talk Radio
GaymafiosoGood As You
Hugo Schwyzer
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jaysays
Jesus In Love Blog
Jesus Is a LiberalJust As I Am
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Lesbian FamilyLGBT Minute
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Mainstream BaptistMarry In Massachusetts
Meet Adam and Steve
Melissa Rogers
MombianMusings
My Left WingMy Words
nakedpastor
NGblog
No Longer SilentNot So Straight From SeminaryOf Course, I Could Be WrongPam's House Blend
ParadoxyPeter's Cross StationProgressive Blog DigestProgressive Christian Alliance
Purple Scarf
Queermergent
Queers United
Radical ChristianityReplace The Lies With Truth
Reverend Bitch, Sir
Riding The Gus Bus
Rising HegemonRising Up
Rodney CroomeScoobie Davis Online
Second Class Citizens
Silver Fox Whispers
Sinning BoldlySkipping to the Piccolo
Skippy the Bush KangarooSlacktivist
Slap Upside the Head
Some Guys are Normal
Southern Fried Faith
Speak Compassion
Straight-Friendly
Steve Charing OUTspoken
The Bilerico Project
The Blue Door
The Boston ProgressiveThe Chimes at Midnight
The Dark Wraith ForumsThe Epistle
the force that through…..The Fruit Fly
The Last DebateThe Lesbian Lifestyle
The Lesbian Question
The (liberal) Girl Next DoorThe Moderate VoiceThe Muriels
The ReactionThe Space BetweenThe Story So Far
The Wild Reed
this terrestrial ball
Tina-ciousTrans Universe
Trans-cendental
Twenty Feet
Two World CollisionWayne BesenWilderness Wanderings
Yikes!

Independent Affirming Churches

For denominational affirming churches, please check GayChurch.

United States:
ALABAMA
Covenant Community Church of Birmingham
Spirit of the Cross, Huntsville featured 3/4/10

ALASKA

ARIZONA
Community Church of Hope, Phoenix
New Foundation Christian Fellowship, Phoenix
Casa de Cristo Evangelical Church, Phoenix featured 2/8/10
Adullam Church, Tuscon
Christ Church in the Foothills, Tuscon
Cornerstone Fellowship, Tuscon featured 3/9/10

ARKANSAS
Church of Kindred Spirit, Fayetteville
Open Door Community Church, Sherwood featured 2/1/10

CALIFORNIA
Calvary Open Door Worship Center, Bellflower
World Harvest Faith Center, Carson
A City on a Hill Ministry, Escondido
Christ Chapel of Laguna Beach
Christ Chapel of Long Beach
Glory Tabernacle Christian Center, Long Beach featured 2/9/10
Holy Spirit Fellowship, Long Beach
Open Door Ministries, Long Beach
WeHoChurch, Los Angeles featured 2/19/10
Christ Chapel of the Valley, North Hollywood
Desert Oasis Chapel, Palm Springs
Chapel of Peace Christian Church, Rancho Cucamonga
Christ Chapel World Ministries, San Diego
Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church, San Francisco featured 2/25/10
Celebration of Faith, San Jose
New Faith Full Gospel Fellowship, San Leandro
Peace in the Valley Christian Church, Victorville

COLORADO
Highlands Church, Denver

CONNECTICUT

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Freedom Fellowship Christian Church
Palisades Community Church
Seekers Church

DELAWARE

FLORIDA
New Hope First Community Church, Boynton Beach featured 4/21/10
Oasis Fellowship Ministries, Casselberry
Beacon of Hope Ministries, Clearwater featured 2/10/10
Body of Christ Church, Fort Lauderdale
Church of the Holy SpiritSong, Fort Lauderdale
Shine Ministries, Fort Lauderdale
Called Out Believers in Christ Fellowship, Jacksonville
Christ Church of Peace, Jacksonville
St. Luke's Community Church, Jacksonville
Body of Christ Church of God, Largo
East Coast Christian Community, Melbourne
First Glorious Church of Love, Miami

Christ the Cornerstone Church, Pinellas Park
Breath of Life Fellowship Community Church, Tampa
Potters House International Fellowship, Tampa  featured 3/11/10

GEORGIA
Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Atlanta
Just As You Are, Atlanta
New Covenant Church of Atlanta featured 2/11/10
The Gathering Place Atlanta
The Power Center, Atlanta
Lighthouse Ministries, Clayton
New Life in Messiah Fellowship, Columbus
His Coming Ministries, Decatur
Christ First, Gainesville

HAWAII

IDAHO

ILLINOIS
Well of Living Water Ministries, Belleville featured 3/19/10
New Spriit Community Church, Oak Park


INDIANA
Hope Center Community Church, Indianapolis
True Love Apostolic Church, Indianapolis featured 3/1/10
New Life Community Church of Hope, Michigan City
Unidiversal, Fort Wayne

IOWA

KANSAS
A Journey In the Light Ministries, Wichita

KENTUCKY
Covenant Community Church, Louisville
Open Door Community Fellowship, Louisville featured 2/17/10
Redemption Church, Louisville

LOUISIANA
New Life Community Church, New Orleans
The Church of Christ the Liberator, New Orleans
Shreveport Church of Hope featured 2/27/10

MAINE

MARYLAND
Unity Fellowship Church, Baltimore
Kittamaqundi Community, Columbia

MASSACHUSETTS
North Star Cathedral of Hope, Worcester

MICHIGAN
Walk in His Light Ministries, Birch Run
Free Spirit Worship Center, Grand Rapids
Praise Fellowship Christian Church, Madison Heights


MINNESOTA

MISSISSIPPI
Safe Harbor Family Church, Jackson

MISSOURI
Christ the King Church, Columbia
Light of Love Fellowship, St. Louis
Rainbow Covenant Christian Ministries, St. Louis featured 2/4/10

MONTANA

NEBRASKA
The Way of Grace Fellowship, Sutton featured 2/2/10


NEVADA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW JERSEY
Church of the Holy SpiritSong NJ, Ortley Beach

NEW MEXICO

NEW YORK
Long Island Community Fellowship, Bay Shore featured 2/23/10
Fort Washington Collegiate Church, New York City
Marble Collegiate Church, New York City
Middle Collegiate Church, New York City
Rehoboth Temple, New York City
Revolution Church, New York City
West End Collegiate Church, New York City

NORTH CAROLINA
Blessed Family of God, Fayetteville
Abundant Grace Church, Granite Falls featured 2/5/10
Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, Hickory
Unifour Christian Fellowship Church, Newton
Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship, Winston-Salem
St. Jude Community Church, Winston-Salem

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO
Cascade Community Church, Akron featured 3/15/10
Emmanual Fellowship Church, Akron
Master's Commission New Covenant Church, Columbus
All Saints Community Church, Cortland featured 2/3/10
Glory of Christ Community Gospel Church, Dayton
New Hope Community Church, Findlay
Faith In Christ Ministries, Toledo
Temple of Christ Universal Life Church, Toledo

OKLAHOMA
Expressions Community Fellowship, Oklahoma City featured 2/12/10
Diversity Christian Fellowship International, Tulsa

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA
Friends of God Fellowship, Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA
Healing Wings Fellowship, Belton featured 3/3/10


SOUTH DAKOTA
The Church of Saint Matthew the Martyr, Sioux Falls

TENNESSEE
Covenant of the Cross House of Worship, Chattanooga
The Church of the Living Water, Goodlettsville
Covenant of the Cross, Madison
God's Remnant Ministries, Maryville featured 2/15/10
We Believe Fellowship Church, Maryville
Living Faith Fellowship, McDonald
Metropolitan Interdenominational Church, Nashville

TEXAS
The Life Center, Arlington
The Gathering Place Worship Center, Austin
Grace Church, Corpus Christi
Crossroads Community Church, Dallas
Sanctuary of Love Church, Dallas featured 3/2/10
White Rock Community Church, Dallas
Providence United Christian Church, Denton
Celebration Community Church, Fort Worth
Fellowship of Love Outreach, Fort Worth
The ONE Church, Garland
Mount Calvary Christian Church, Harlingen
Community Gospel Church, Houston
Progressive Open Door Christian Center, Houston
Through Him Fellowship, Houston
Grace Assembly, Livingston
River City Living Church, San Antonio
St. Gabriel Community Church, Tyler

UTAH
Glory to God Community Church, Ogden

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

New Beginnings Christian Church, Richmond

Heaven's Tableland Christian Church, Williamsburg

WASHINGTON
Epoch Chapel, Arlington
Living Water Fellowship, Kenmore
Grace Gospel Chapel, Seattle featured 3/17/10
Liberation Ministries, Seattle
Open Arms Community Church, Tacoma featured 2/16/10
Abiding Grace Fellowship, Vancouver

WEST VIRGINIA
Raging Fire Ministries, Bluefield featured 2/17/10
Mighty Vision Ministries, Charleston

WISCONSIN
Footstep Fellowship Church, Wausau featured 3/31/10

WYOMING

International (English-speaking):

AUSTRALIA
Ecumenical Christian Ministries, Dundas Valley NSW



CANADA
Christ Alive Community Church, Vancouver
Rainbow Community Church of Vancouver
Renaissance Chrisian Church, Vancouver featured 3/13/10

ENGLAND
Liberty Church, Blackpool featured 3/6/10

HONG KONG
Blessed Minority Christian Fellowship

NEW ZELAND
Auckland Community Church

SINGAPORE
Free Community Church

SOUTH AFRICA
Deo Gloria Family Church, Morningside, Durban

Denominational Affirming Churches

California
The First Baptist Church of Berkeley (American Baptist)
Fairview Community Church, Cost Mesa (American Baptist/UCC)
La Verne Church of the Bretheren
Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, Oakland (American Baptist)
First Church of the Bretheren, San Diego
First Mennonite Church of San Francisco
New Community of Faith, San Jose (American Baptist/UCC)
San Leandro Community Church (American Baptist/UCC)

Colorado
Arvada Mennonite Church/Spirit of Joy Church of the Bretheren
Boulder Mennonite Church
Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship
Koinonia Church, Grand Junction (American Baptist/Church of the Bretheren)

Connecticut
Riverfront Family Church, Farmington (American Baptist)
South Church, New Britain (American Baptist/UCC) featured 3/8/10
Noank Baptist Church (American Baptist)

District of Columbia
Riverside Church (American Baptist)

Florida
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Apostolic, Spring Hill

Georgia
Virginia Highland Church, Atlanta (American Baptist/UCC)
Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur (American Baptist)

Illinois
Grace Baptist Church, Chicago (American Baptist)
Hyde Park Union Church, Chicago (American Baptist/UCC)
Highland Avenue Church of the Bretheren, Elgin
Evanston Mennonite Church
York Center Church of the Bretheren, Lombard


First Church of the Bretheren, Springfield

Indiana
First United Church, Bloomington (American Baptist/UCC) featured 2/26/10
Beacon Heights Church of the Bretheren, Fort Wayne
Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen
Cumberland First Baptist Church, Indianapolis (American Baptist)
Manchester Church of the Bretheren, North Manchester

Kansas
Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City
Peace Mennonite Church, Lawrence
Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton

Maryland
Columbia United Christian Church (UCC/Disciples of Christ/Church of the Bretheren)
St. Charles of Brazil, Landsdowne (Catholic Apostolic)

Massachusets
First Baptist Church in Beverly (American Baptist)
United Parish in Brookline (American Baptist, UCC, Methodist)
Mennonite Congregation of Boston, Cambridge
Old Cambridge Baptist Church (American Baptist)
First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain (American Baptist)
Trinity Church of Northborough (American Baptist/UCC)
First Churches of Northampton (American Baptist/UCC)
First Baptist Church, Worcester (American Baptist)

Michigan
Woodside Church, Flint (American Baptist/UCC)
Skyridge Church of the Bretheren, Kalamazoo
Lansing Church of the Bretheren featured 4/28/10

Minnesota
Open Circle Church, Burnsville (Church of the Bretheren)
Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis
Judson Memorial Baptist Church, Minneapolis (American Baptist) featured 2/22/10
University Baptist Church, Minneapolis (American Baptist)
St. Paul Mennonite Fellowship

Missouri
Broadway Church, Kansas City (Alliance of Baptists)

New Jersey

The First Baptist Church of Mooresville (American Baptist)
Christ Congregation, Princeton (American Baptist/UCC)
Christ Church, Summit (American Baptist/UCC)

New York
The Church for All People, Brooklyn (Catholic Apostolic)
First Baptist Church, Ithica (American Baptist)

The Riverside Church, New York City (American Baptist/UCC)


North Carolina

Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Chapel Hill (American Baptist) featured 3/10/10
Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte (American Baptist)

Watts Street Baptist Church, Durham (American Baptist)
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh (American Baptist)
Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem (Alliance of Baptists)

Oregon
Peace Church of the Bretheren, Portland
Springfield Church of the Bretheren

Pennsylvania
Drexel Hill Baptist Church (American Baptist/UCC) featured 2/24/10
Palmyra Church of the Bretheren
Germantown Mennonite Church, Philadelphia
Community of Reconciliation, Pittsburgh (several)
University Baptist and Bretheren Church, State College (American Baptist/Church of the Bretheren)


Tennessee
Glendale Baptist Church, Nashville (Alliance of Baptists)

Texas
University Baptist Church, Austin (American Baptist) featured 3/12/10
Church of the Savior, Cedar Park (American Baptist)


Utah
Sacred Light of Christ (MCC), Salt Lake City featured 3/16/10

Virginia

Ravensworth Baptist Church, Annendale (American Baptist)
Holy Trinity Parish, Herndon (Catholic Apostolic)
Washington Place Baptist Church, Reston (American Baptist)
St. Andrew's Parish, Warrenton (Catholic Apostolic)

Washington
Seattle First Baptist (American Baptist) featured 4/7/10
Seattle Mennonite Church
University Baptist Church, Seattle (American Baptist)

Wisconsin
First Baptist Church, Madison (American Baptist)

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Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church

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