Hundreds Join “Faith Ballot Drop Walk” in Support of Approve 74

By: Sunday November 4, 2012 5:51 pm

Nearly 400 people of faith representing more than a dozen congregations gathered today in Seattle to march in the Faith Ballot Drop Walk. The event culminated in the delivery of completed ballots — all marked “Approved” on Referendum 74 to affirm Washington’s freedom-to-marry law — to the ballot drop box at the King County Administration [...]

“My faith has everything to do with my decision to support the freedom to marry”

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 9:57 pm

What influences your decision on whether civil marriage for same-sex couples should be legal? That was a question asked of the audience at a recent forum on Referendum 74, a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot asking Washington state voters to “Approve” or “Reject” the freedom to marry law passed earlier this year by the [...]

Pro-Equality Clergy Ask the Washington Legislature to Stop Infringing on Their Religious Freedom

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 4:47 pm

Washington’s marriage equality bill got its first public hearings in House and Senate committees on Monday. Faith leaders both Jewish and Christian came forward to testify in support of the bill. Their message to the legislature was clear: stop discriminating against our right to solumnize marriages for gay and lesbian couples. Civil marriage laws should [...]

A Bright Spot in the Rust Belt: Woodside Church’s Journey to Open and Affirming

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 12:42 am

Woodside Church has long been known as Flint, Michigan’s liberal Christian church.  An inter-denominational church, Woodside affiliates with United Church of Christ (UCC) and American Baptist Churches USA (ABC-USA). Late in August of 2006, Woodside made the papers in a most extraordinary way: The oldest Baptist church in Flint MI is the first Baptist congregation [...]

Rabbi Jonathan Singer: Seek equal rights, not tolerance

By: Sunday March 27, 2011 11:20 pm

What a pleasure it was to sit down for an interview with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Senior Rabbi at Seattle, Washington’s Temple Beth Am.  This uncompromising advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people brought a new perspective to the congregation when he arrived in 1995; while his predecessor was “pretty homophobic”, Rabbi Singer actively [...]

Leadership through listening: Rev. Dr.Melvin Woodworth, First United Methodist Church of Tacoma, WA

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 8:45 pm

With about 8 million members in the United States and 3.5 million more in Africa, Asia and Europe, the United Methodist Church is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Like many denominations, UMC continues to experience painful internal conflict with respect to its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members [...]

Conversation with a straight Presbyterian ally

By: Sunday January 2, 2011 5:17 pm

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to speak with an old friend who is on staff in a Presbyterian church (PCUSA) in northern New Jersey.  She’s been a straight ally for over 30 years, so I was curious to know how her allyship might play out in her church and if it doesn’t, what [...]

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