Methodist convention votes down equality

Posted on 04 May 2012 at 11:49am

The General Convention of the United Methodist Church voted down any new acceptance or equality of its gay and lesbian members.

‘We are here for you’

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 at 5:00pm

One-time nun trainee Kathy Bowser preaches message of inclusion as she aims to attract more young people, weekenders and continue to grow predominantly LGBT church at Cedar Creek Lake DAVID WEBB  |  Contributing Writer CEDAR CREEK LAKE — Celebration on the Lake Church Pastor Kathy Bowser might seem demure and unimposing, but it quickly becomes […]

SPIRITUALITY: Restoring some Dignity to Dallas

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 at 5:10pm

Mirroring a national trend, local LGBT Catholic group finds itself in a rebuilding stage DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Dignity Dallas, the LGBT Catholic organization, is in a re-forming stage, according to leader Jim Davis. Davis said he’s been out “beating the bushes to let people know who we are.” Dignity is not formally recognized by […]

SPIRITUALITY: From loving ‘the sinner’ to loving your sister

Posted on 19 Jan 2012 at 5:00pm

Evangelist Jay Lowder of Wichita Falls makes waves by preaching acceptance of gays DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer WICHITA FALLS — Jay Lowder believes that no matter what, you should love and accept people. He calls the idea of loving the sinner and hating the sin hypocritical. Lowder is an unlikely person to have those […]

UUCOC announces upcoming programs

Posted on 10 Jan 2012 at 11:50am

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff has announced its upcoming programs, and all events at the church are LGBT inclusive. Ethicurian potluck An ethicurian is a person who enjoys good food and at the same time makes ethical food choices. The term comes from two ideas — epicurian: one who has a discriminating palate […]

Church leaves PCUSA over gay ordinations

Posted on 20 Oct 2011 at 7:56pm

Fremont Presbyterian pastor says his Sacramento church ‘didn’t leave the PCUSA; they left us’ Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento church has voted to split from Presbyterian Church USA over the national denomination’s decision to ordain openly gay clergy. After months of discussion, members of Fremont Presbyterian Church voted 427 to 164 on Sunday, […]

Creech advocates for LGBT rights

Posted on 20 Oct 2011 at 7:54pm

Pastor lost his ordination in 1999 for performing same-sex wedding DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer It was in the 1980s that a member of  the Rev. Jimmy Creech’s  church came out to him as gay, it didn’t just turn the Methodist minister into an LGBT equality supporter, it also set him onto a path […]

Gay cantor finds welcoming home in straight synagogue

Posted on 15 Sep 2011 at 5:00pm

Don Croll left Broadway to find more consistent work as a Jewish cantor, coming out as gay along the way Don Croll DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer Don Croll has learned that his path to becoming a cantor — with an Actor’s Equity card and a Broadway run — was not that unusual. Today […]

Faith leaders weigh in on Perry’s bid

Posted on 18 Aug 2011 at 4:41pm

Eric Folkerth Local clergy criticize governor’s exclusive approach DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer With evangelical zeal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry jumped into the presidential race this week. Local clergy weighed in with their reaction. The Rev. Jo Hudson, senior pastor at the Cathedral of Hope, said that it’s appropriate for people running for public […]

Churches debate whether to marry gays

Posted on 19 Jul 2011 at 9:48am

As more states legalize same-sex marriage, religious groups grapple with whether to allow ceremonies RACHEL ZOLL | AP Religion Writer NEW YORK — After same-sex marriage becomes legal here on July 24, gay priests with partners in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will head to the altar. They have to. Their bishop set a […]