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 taffet@dallasvoice.com 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 taffet@dallasvoice.com 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 taffet@dallasvoice.com 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 taffet@dallasvoice.com 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 [...]

Marking 50 years of inclusiveness

Posted on 14 Jul 2011 at 5:12pm

‘DOING EQUALITY’ | Inclusiveness has been a tenant of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff for all of its 50 years. Church members, from left, Kelley O’Conan, Kimberlyn Crowe, the Rev. Mark Walz, Michael Cipollo and the Rev. Marcia Shannon stand in front of a banner in the UUCOC sanctuary that reads “Marriage is [...]

Unitarian Church forms Outreach Denton

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 at 9:28pm

Rev. Pam Wat Programs and meeting space will be made available for LGBT youth, seniors and other groups DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com When a teen at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship came out, the Rev. Pam Wat knew just what to do — hook her up with her high school’s gay/straight alliance. Problem was, [...]

Midway Hills hosts forum on intolerance

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 at 1:04pm

The Rev. Terry Zimmerman Speakers focus on the impact of prejudice on the LGBT community DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com The more that members of Midway Hills Christian Church talked about bullying, the more they realized how frequently the issue of religious intolerance came up, usually as the root of bullying. “We saw it [...]