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marriage equality

A Call for Marriage Equality


Currently I serve as Transitional Minister at Fort Myers Congregational United Church of Christ.  In March of 2013 our congregation became the denomination's 1090th Open and Affirming congregation.  Earlier this year we rejoiced when marriage equality arrived in Florida.  We are hopeful that it will soon become a national reality. The following is an excerpt from the portion of yesterday's worship service focused on marriage equality in support of the Religious Institute's National Weekend of Read More …

Sermon: More Than Showing Up


Sermon Text: Matthew 22:1-14 Sermon Excerpt: I still remember the first sermon I ever preached.  Actually, I remember the preparation far better than the actual message . . . Thankfully no parishioners were exposed to or harmed by my effort. During the spring semester of my freshman year in college, I took an introductory course on preaching.  The goal was to learn how to prepare a sermon, and how to deliver it. When it came time to actually work on our own sermons the first task was Read More …

Most Americans Now Favor Legal Gay Marriage

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According to Gallup's latest Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 5-8,  a majority of Americans (53%) now support equal marriage rights for same sex couples as for opposite sex couples.  This graph below shows how opinions have changed over time, with the single greatest percentage gain in marriage equality coming over the last year (9%). So What? For the first time ever, according to Gallup's poll, the majority of Americans now support marriage equality.  When one considers how Read More …

One Pastor’s Plea for Marriage Equality

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The Presbyterian Decision Like many mainline denominations, the Presbyterian Church USA has been considering changes on the denominational level that would allow for marriage equality.   According to the Presbyterian Outlook, the overture made at the 219th General Assembly that would have allowed "Presbyterian pastors to perform marriages for same-gender couples in states where these marriages are legal" was tabled.  Effectively this decision means that Presbyterian pastors may not officiate Read More …