(RNS) The night my daughter told me she is gay, I felt as though the air had been sucked out of the room. I had been an evangelical Christian for over 30 years and thought that this was the worst thing that could happen. By Shari Johnson.
Articles tagged “Gender & Sexuality”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Conservative Jewish movement has come out with rites for same-sex marriages, and the most remarkable part is how they were accepted without much protest. By Lauren Markoe.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A long-running conflict between the Vatican and American nuns exploded again with the condemnation of a popular book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret A. Farley, citing problematic passages on homosexuality, divorce and masturbation. By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) A Southern Baptist leader who works on gay outreach has criticized recent anti-gay comments by North Carolina pastors, saying they “show a complete lack of understanding of how to minister to those struggling with this particular temptation.” By Adelle M. Banks.
NEW YORK (RNS) The Unification Church has a new strategy for drumming up interest. Studies appear to show that arranged marriages like those practiced by Unificationists last longer. But will Americans take heed? By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) In the propaganda surrounding the Obama administration's contraception mandate, the Department of Health and Human Services seems to suggest that women’s only stake in the matter is “free” contraception. This is a shallow — and frankly demeaning — view of women. By Helen Alvare.
(RNS) In an unprecedented act of defiance, a California branch of the Presbyterian Church (USA) refused a ruling from a church court to rebuke a pastor who wed same-sex couples. By Daniel Burke. About 300.
(RNS) The pulpits of the nation's black churches took measure Sunday of President Obama's decision to support gay marriage, and the result was conflicted. By Dennis Cauchon.
(RNS) The nation's Catholic bishops are reviewing the church's ties to the Girl Scouts of America after complaints that some of the venerable organization's programs and policies might run afoul of church teachings on contraception and abortion. By David Gibson.
(RNS) As pundits and politicians gauge the political fallout from President Obama’s sudden endorsement of gay marriage, one thing has become clear: the Golden Rule invoked by Obama to support his change of heart is the closest thing Americans have to a common religious law, and that has implications beyond the battle for gay rights. By David Gibson.