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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:28 am 
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More seriously, even though the writer of that article seems to imply that this is a new trend it is not. For example during the late 60's and early 70's, this was a popular haggadah (book read at the passover seder dinner
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A copy of this Haggadah "was used in a Freedom Seder held on the third night of Passover, April 4, 1969, the first anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, in the basement of a Black church in Washington DC. About 800 people took part, half of them Jews, the rest Black and white Christians." For millenia, Passover has been an inspiration for those seeking freedom.

Of course, even the very traditional seder has many symbols of equality and progressiveness.....for those that celebrate it, it is front and center.


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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 3:43 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 4:15 pm 
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Several arrests made at Moral Monday rally opposing HB2 in Raleigh

NC NAACP head Rev. William Barber promised this, and is following through.

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"This bill is anti-gay, anti-trans, anti-children, anti-family, anti-civil rights, anti-the poor, anti-North Carolina and anti-America," Barber said.

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 4:20 pm 
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Happy birthday, Brown vs Board of Ed!

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The class action suit was spearheaded by many African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) lay persons and clergy, including Linda Brown's dad who was AME-ordained

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"These AME bishops led a prayer vigil at the U.S. Supreme Court while arguments in Brown v. Board of Education were being presented before the Court." - Institute for Public Service and Policy Research, South Carolina

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 5:05 pm 
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Happy birthday, Brown vs Board of Ed!

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/ri ... brown.html

http://www.ipspr.sc.edu/brown/default.asp

The class action suit was spearheaded by many African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) lay persons and clergy, including Linda Brown's dad who was AME-ordained

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"These AME bishops led a prayer vigil at the U.S. Supreme Court while arguments in Brown v. Board of Education were being presented before the Court." - Institute for Public Service and Policy Research, South Carolina


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This film is just in time

Out of Order - "Queer pastors redefining church"

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Out of Order is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) faith leaders as they confront entrenched bigotry and work to build loving support within their churches.

Many queer individuals have quickly learned that rule changes don’t guarantee true welcome in their churches.

In spite of growing fear and suspicion toward LGBTQ individuals, and transgender people in particular, a new kind of spiritual leader and movement for welcome is beginning the delicate work of winning acceptance beyond the wedding chapel.

The leaders of this movement are young LGBTQ people of faith claiming a place in their church pulpits — and recognition in the everyday moments of church life.

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 4:42 pm 
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This film is just in time

Out of Order - "Queer pastors redefining church"


Want to see this, trailer is compelling.

LGBTQIA issues are parallel (in many ways, not all) to those of any minority, but are more easily targeted because of the hatred people have for those who are different.

I heard a judge ordered the DOJ to give him the names and addresses of 100,000 immigrants who he believes are illegal, in response to something...he is a known bigot, i am sick of this, I want to do something about it

Next filth like him will want names and addresses of known non str8t's

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 4:10 pm 
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Ferndale First United Methodist church welcomes LGBTQ community to 'Lemon Ball'

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The First United Methodist Church of Ferndale is partnering with the Community of Christ the Good Shepherd for a free community dance on Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. and it's specifically welcoming the LGBTQ to join.

The dance, which they're calling the "Lemon Ball," is in celebration of recent renovations after a flood from rainstorms and sewer backups at the church on August 12, 2014. The storm caused sewer backups, damages to choir rooms, social halls, the kitchen, and classrooms. Walls and carpet were also destroyed. The damages to the lower levels of the church were repaired after 15 months and a lot of money was put towards the project. The last of the major renovation were finished last winter.

Church members said that they "were given a lot of lemons but made lemonade," a popular phrase used to show positivity in the face of adversity. They used the phrase as inspiration when coming up with a name for the event.

Michael Cadotte, lay leader chair of witness and outreach, says that a dance is a great way to celebrate their victory. He said that the church wanted something fun for the community and of a celebratory nature.

On June 17 at 7 p.m., the church will hold the "Lemon Ball," a dance party for the entire community, which will specifically recognize gay pride. All ages and backgrounds are welcome. If you are wondering about how to dress, you can dress anywhere from formal to casual or in your lemonade best, you decide. Cadotte says that the church strives to embrace people of all different races, cultures, and backgrounds and wants to give recognition to the LGBTIQ community.

"We are a very diverse church," Cadotte says. "Many churches have one only one race or background but we have a little bit of everything. We have..........

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 4:24 pm 
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Want to see this, trailer is compelling.

LGBTQIA issues are parallel (in many ways, not all) to those of any minority, but are more easily targeted because of the hatred people have for those who are different.


That, and like disability, we come from every single community on the planet. Including disability lol

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I heard a judge ordered the DOJ to give him the names and addresses of 100,000 immigrants who he believes are illegal, in response to something...he is a known bigot, i am sick of this, I want to do something about it

Next filth like him will want names and addresses of known non str8t's


Cons and their stupid lists. Don't they know that never gets them what they want? Blah

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Yeah the UMCs are squaring off like the Episcopalians and the conservatives are likely going to be the ones to go off and form their own thing, if it comes to that.

Won't be the first time for them.

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Joint video statement from the bishops of the 3 historically African American Methodist denominations

Sr. Bishop Lawrence Reddick, III (Christian Methodist Episcopal Church), Sr. Bishop John R. Bryant (African Methodist Episcopal Church) and Sr. Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. (African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church)

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The only thing missing, and it is an elephant in the room, is the direct acknowledgment that the club was an LGBT club. Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. (AME Zion church) did include a line about knowing what it is to be discriminated against and ostracized.

I am posting this because 10 years ago or even 5, any or all of these same 3 men would likely have included a "love the sinner hate the sinner hate the sin" line, which I found to be refreshingly missing.

Things are changing, in places where you'd least expect it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:32 pm 
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I am posting this because 10 years ago or even 5, any or all of these same 3 men would likely have included a "love the sinner hate the sinner hate the sin" line, which I found to be refreshingly missing.

Things are changing, in places where you'd least expect it.
Yep.

Happily there have been very positive changes over the past several years......still more to go, but getting there.

I remember several years ago (maybe ten, I don't remember exactly) when I was on the negotiation team of a government entity. We were open to insurance benefits for gay couples. It was the union who opposed it, fearing their contributions would go up. Of course now that we have marriage/civil unions for all, that shouldn't be an issue.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:04 pm 
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Minister starts petition to boycott baseball team for open gun night

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.......A Kalamazoo minister has started an online petition to tell the owners of the Battle Creek Bombers minor league baseball team that mixing handguns, baseball and beer is wrong.

And he is asking area people to boycott the team in the future if it holds what it is calling "2nd Amendment Education Night" on Friday, June 24, at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek.

The sponsor of the event, Freedom Firearms of Battle Creek, has invited licensed gun owners to bring their handguns to the 7 p.m. game. It advises that guns are to be openly carried and holstered. Joel Fulton, co-owner of Freedom Firearms says the event -- which also occurs during Boy Scout Night at the game -- will have informational displays about 2nd Amendment rights and firearms safety.

Those carrying firearms will be given wristbands indicating they are not allowed to buy alcoholic beverages at the game.

But Rev. Nathan Dannison and several of the 60 people who had added their names to his petition as of Friday afternoon see the idea of mixing guns and youngsters as hazardous and insensitive in relation to recent criminal shootings.

Dannison is senior pastor of First Congregational Church in downtown ......


Baseball and guns: One stadium mourns 6 violent shooting deaths. Another celebrates open carry

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......Dannison, whose church hosted an interfaith vigil after the Kalamazoo shootings, has started an online petition to tell the owners of the Battle Creek Bombers they oppose the open carry game.

"It's insane," Dannison said in e-mail to the Kalamazoo Gazette. "I am a gun owner and basic firearms safety says you don't mix handguns, alcohol and children."

The Bombers game is also billed as Boy Scout night, though leaders and families were unaware until recently that Scout Night coincided with the sponsored promotion, a scouting spokeswoman said today.....


yea I agree with gun owner pastor alcohol firearms and kids not a good combination

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RIP Duncan Gray, Jr

Duncan Gray Jr., retired bishop and civil rights activist, dies in Jackson

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As a priest in the southern U.S., Gray was best known for his work as a civil rights activist, especially his efforts to bring calm to the University of Mississippi campus in the fall of 1962 during the all-white school's integration by James Meredith. Gray was rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Oxford at the time.

Gray was the subject of a book by Will Campbell titled And Also With You: Duncan Gray and the American Dilemma.

Gray was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthie Spivey, in 2011. The couple are survived by sons Duncan III and Lloyd, daughters Anne and Catherine and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Duncan M. Gray III was the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi's ninth bishop.

At the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where Gray graduated with a bachelor of divinity degree in 1953, he worked with the faculty to overturn the school's longstanding policy of banning African Americans. The next year, he drafted a then-radical document urging the then-segregated Episcopal Church to take a stand against racial discrimination following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against segregation in public schools.

He termed segregation “incompatible with Christian gospel.”

During the Ole Miss riots, in which two people were killed, Gray attempted to calm the crowd and clung to a Confederate monument on the school's campus as he spoke. Eventually he was pulled down and beaten.

Earlier that day from St. Peter's pulpit, Gray told his parishioners that Christians should do their “utmost to uproot and cast out” the seeds of “anger and hatred, bitterness and prejudice.” His comments so enraged half his congregation that they left.

In an October 2015 interview with The Christian Century, Gray said U.S. race relations have improved.

“We've still got a way to go,” he said. “But we've come a long way from where we were back then. … It just blows my mind when I stop and think about it … but we live and learn.”

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DNC invocations


Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale

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Rev. Sherman Jackson

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Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo

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William Barber II at DNC2016

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William Barber II at DNC2016

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Got to hear this one today. Just a while ago our minister was all raves for his appearance at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. He was certainly on fire tonight. Then Kareem right after was a good one/two.

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Kareem introducing Khizr Khan

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Khizr Khan, Charlottesville VA orig. from UAE

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William Barber II at DNC2016

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Preach Rev Barber! :clap:


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He really brought it.

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Rabbi Julie Schoenfeld

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"Give it up for Reverend Kaine."

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This video seems to not wish to embed here. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syF2odX8A6w

I'm glad he's not actually a reverend. That it was given as an honorific. Because I won't vote for a preacher. However, I don't mind a candidate who can connect with the religious.

This is the full hour long speech, but the audio conditions of this recording were is less than ideal:

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