Texans of faith storm Capitol for human rights

Posted on 22 May 2011 at 10:28am

From Staff Reports The largest delegation of fair-minded Texas faith leaders since the conception of the LGBT equality movement is on its way to the nation’s capital to participate in the third Human Rights Campaign’s Clergy Call for Justice and Equality, today through Tuesday. Twenty-two clergy, theologians, and seminarians from across the Lone Star State [...]

‘A roomful of silent witnesses’

Posted on 19 May 2011 at 5:00pm

NO LONGER SILENT | The Rev. Steve Sprinkle, assistant professor at Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University, donated his stole to the Shower of Stoles project in 2001. He added the line of bells along the bottom so that he would never again be silent about his sexual orientation. Collection of stoles from LGBT clergy on [...]

Holiday Service Schedule

Posted on 14 Apr 2011 at 4:56pm

As Christians celebrate Easter and the Holy Week leading up to it, and Jewish people celebrate Passover, Dallas Voice has compiled a list of Passover and Easter services offered by LGBT congregations in the Metroplex. PASSOVER • Congregation Beth El Binah 2701 Reagan Street April 19 — Passover seder, at 7 p.m.; $35 members/$50 non-members [...]

Dignity Dallas calls results of study encouraging

Posted on 14 Apr 2011 at 4:46pm

Research shows Catholics are more accepting of the LGBT community than the general population DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com In March, the Public Religion Research Institute released a comprehensive study on the attitude of Catholics on rights for gays and lesbians, and the results were clear: American Catholics are more supportive of civil rights [...]

Awakening Heart offers meditation series

Posted on 17 Mar 2011 at 6:55pm

Brother ChiSing Brother ChiSing says Buddhist meditation techniques can help all faiths on spiritual journeys DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Brother ChiSing from Awakening Heart will facilitate music, meditation, movement, message and more at the Interfaith Peace Chapel on Mondays through Lent. “Lent is a period of finding yourself,” said Brian Parman of Cathedral [...]

Beth El Binah prepares for Purim celebration

Posted on 17 Mar 2011 at 6:48pm

PURIM SPIEL  |  Members of Congregation Beth El Binah dress as their favorite characters from the Book of Esther for a Purim celebration. Gayest of Jewish holidays combines Christmas and Halloween in retelling the story of Queen Esther DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com The Jewish holiday Purim, which celebrates Queen Esther saving the Jews in Persia, [...]

Megachurch wants choir to sign anti-gay covenant

Posted on 17 Mar 2011 at 12:24pm

Associated Press GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Several choir members at Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral say they’re upset over a document they’ve been asked to sign that takes a strong stand against homosexuality. The “Crystal Cathedral Worship Choir and Worship Team Covenant” recently handed out to members states that they should commit to being Christians by [...]

Pink triangle: Even after World War II, gay victims of Nazis continued to be persecuted

Posted on 20 Jan 2011 at 3:58pm

The United Nations declared Jan. 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. And while Jews comprised the largest portion of those incarcerated and murdered by the Nazis, lesbians and gays were victims, too.

‘Happy Holidays’ vs. ‘Merry Christmas’

Posted on 16 Dec 2010 at 7:01pm

Progressive religious leaders weigh in on 1st Baptist’s ‘Grinch Alert’ website, calling it everything from a marketing ploy to just plain mean DAVID TAFFET  |  taffet@dallasvoice.com Locally owned Viewpoint Bank is on First Baptist Church’s naughty list. They have poinsettias in their branches, but they don’t have a Christmas tree. American Airlines made the naughty [...]

Vatican: Pope’s condom comments apply to women too

Posted on 24 Nov 2010 at 9:41am

NICOLE WINFIELD | Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s comments about condom use being a lesser evil than transmitting HIV also apply to women, the Vatican said Tuesday, a significant shift for a pope who just last year said condoms only worsen the AIDS problem. Benedict said in a book released Tuesday, Nov. [...]