Tutu forced to quit over gay marriage | City Press

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth has revealed that her licence to preach is being revoked because she married a woman – so, she’s decided to quit instead.

Newlyweds Mpho and Marceline Tutu-Van Furth are on honeymoon on the Indian Ocean island of Bali after their wedding at a Franschhoek wine estate attended by Mpho’s parents, Leah and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

“Bali is quite magical,” said Mpho in an email to City Press, adding that she had decided to “give up” her ministerial duties – her authority to preside at Holy Communion, and to officiate at weddings, baptisms and funerals in South Africa.

“Because the South African Anglican Church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa,” she said. “The bishop of the Diocese of Saldanha Bay [Bishop Raphael Hess] was instructed to revoke my licence.

“I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it, a slightly more dignified option with the same effect.”

While same-sex marriage was legalised in South Africa in 2006, the South African Anglican law on marriage states: “Holy matrimony is the lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman.”

Source:  City Press

Kirk votes to allow gay clergy marriages – BBC News

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow ministers to continue to serve if they are in a gay marriage.The historic vote on the first day of this year’s gathering in Edinburgh draws a line under a row which has split the Kirk for nine years.Commissioners voted by 339 votes to 215 in favour of the move.The decision means that same sex civil marriage will be permitted for ministers.However, they will not themselves be allowed to conduct gay weddings within the church.

Source: – BBC News

Bénédiction des couples homosexuels, un an de débats chez les protestants – La Croix

Il y a un an, l’Église protestante unie de France (EPUdF) adoptait à la quasi-unanimité une mesure permettant aux pasteurs de bénir des couples homosexuels. Cette décision a suscité de nombreux remous au sein du protestantisme français et lancé une vaste réflexion au sein de la Fédération protestante de France sur ce qui unit de nombreuses Églises très différentes les unes des autres.

Source: La Croix

Methodists Inching to LG(B)T Inclusion

After years of stalemate, the United Methodist Church is now inching towards inclusion, with the appointment of a commission of bishops to reassess the rules. This may look like a punt into the long grass, but it could be more. Unlike the Catholic Church, the Methodist bishops are generally more favourable to lgbt inclusion than the laity, and in other denominations, formal investigations or study groups have led to some degree of progress. Also, note that this specifically includes transgender, as well as gay and lesbian.

United Methodist Church to Reassess Rules on Gays and Marriage

After 44 years of debating sexuality issues, the United Methodist Church voted by a narrow margin on Wednesday to allow bishops to appoint a commission to re-evaluate rules on gay, lesbian and transgender clergy and marriage.

The 428-to-405 vote by the delegates to the church’s quadrennial conference in Portland, Ore., was seen by many as a last-ditch effort to save the church from schism.

It was celebrated by L.G.B.T. Methodists and their supporters as a way to buy time and avoid church discipline against more than 100 clergy and clergy candidates who came out as gay in advance of the conference.

But it disappointed many conservatives who were exasperated that their church is still arguing over what they see as clear church teachings that prohibit openly gay and transgender clergy, and same-sex marriage.

Source:  – The New York Times

Episcopal Church commended for respecting differences on marriage

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The Episcopal Church and its individual members earned praise here April 11 from Anglican Communion Secretary General Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon for working hard to walk together despite differences over same-sex marriage.

The secretary general’s remarks came in his report to the Anglican Consultative Council about this worksince he took up his post last July.

The 78th General Convention’s decided last summer to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and, in Resolution A054,  to authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples. Resolution A054 also requires bishops who oppose same-sex marriage to “make provision for all couples asking to be married in this Church to have access to these liturgies.”

Source: Anglican Journal

Archbishop of Wales apologises for LGBT prejudice 

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, has apologised “unreservedly” to same-sex couples prejudiced by the Church.

A tweet sent from the Church’s account yesterday reads:

“Archbishop of Wales offers a pastoral letter on same sex relationships #govbody apologising unreservedly for prejudice within the church.”

In 2015 Dr Morgan commented that bringing forward a bill on same-sex marriage in the Church would be “foolish”.

A statement from the Church, detailing the contents of the pastoral letter, explains that although it was not ready to “allow or bless same-sex marriage, the debate is not over.”

The letter also explains that the Bishops of the Church recognise that “gay and lesbian people are ‘fully affirmed as equal disciples’.”

Source: – Gay Times

As United Methodist Church heads toward vote on gay marriage, one pastor stakes his claim – The Washington Post

Around the time the Rev. Michael Tupper found himself chasing his windblown tent across half a mile of Iowa grain fields, he might have started questioning his mission from God. God called him, he believes, to sleep in a tent for 175 days to protest the fact that his church does not allow him to perform gay marriages. The temperatures outside his tent – and the reactions from his fellow Methodists – have ranged from warm to sub-freezing. And now, with less than 50 days to go in his sleep-out, his end is i

Source: As United Methodist Church heads toward vote on gay marriage, one pastor stakes his claim – The Washington Post

Living Out denies support for gay cure therapy: ‘Homosexuality is not an illness’ 

Living Out denies support for gay cure therapy: ‘Homosexuality is not an illness’ Harry Farley JUNIOR STAFF WRITER 29 March 2016Email Print More Sharing Services Share A support group for same-sex attracted Christians has hit back at claims it supports gay cure.Sean Doherty, one of the leaders of Living Out, denied the accusations made by gay MP Mike Freer who labelled the charity “gay cure therapy rebranded”.TwitterSean Doherty, a leader of Living Out, topped the General Synod election poll in the London diocese. He also teaches at the theological college, St Mellitus.”Homosexuality is not an illness,” Doherty wrote on the group’s website. He said the language of a cure was damaging and could make vulnerable people “ashamed of who they are at a very deep and fundamental level”.

Source: Living Out denies support for gay cure therapy: ‘Homosexuality is not an illness’ | Christian News on Christian Today

Transgender and Mormon: keeping the faith while asking the church to change

For transgender members of the church, balancing faith with speaking out means taking huge risks – but staying silent could have greater consequence.

At age 13, Emmett Claren used to lie in the middle of a football field behind his house, look up at the sky and beg God to strike him with lightning and change his body. “I would tell him, ‘I have a lot of faith. I believe in you. I know you can do anything,’” Claren, now 22, recalled.

The Utah resident and member of the Mormon church is a transgender man, which means he was assigned female at birth, but knew since he was a young child that he identified as male – even though he didn’t learn the term “transgender” until many years later.

“‘Just change me to a boy right now,’” Claren said he would ask God every day. But his prayers went unanswered.

After wrestling with his faith and identity for years, struggling through periods of severe mental anguish, he came out as transgender at age 21 and is now pushing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to welcome transgender members.


Source: Transgender and Mormon: keeping the faith while asking the church to change

Why LGBTI Christians should give thanks for Desmond Tutu this Easter

Last summer I visited my friend Bishop Gene Robinson in Washington. He told me he had recently visited the makeshift memorial set up in a street in Ferguson, Missouri, for Michael Brown, a young, unarmed black man killed by a policeman.

As he stood reflecting on events he saw a cardboard box standing like a pillar. It had been painted black and written in gold letters were the words:‘They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds’.

Gene was moved by the resiliency of these words. He told me as a gay person most of what he knows and understands about his own community’s fight for equality comes from what he has learned from the black civil rights movement even though he is fully aware that his ‘white privilege’ works to protect him from the full knowledge of the extent to which he is rewarded for the color of his skin.

He researched the origin of the words on the cardboard box and discovered they come from Dinos Christianopolous, a living Greek poet, who had been marginalized by the Greek literary community throughout his life because of his sexuality. He had written way back in the 1970’s: ‘You did anything to bury me. But you forgot I was a seed.’

Source: – Gay Star News