Category Archives: Announcements, Calls & Newsbits

‘Malaysians who condone Orlando massacre are sick’

By Nawar Firdaws PETALING JAYA: Muslims who believe victims of the Orlando massacre got what they deserved just because of their sexual orientation, are a “sick” group of people. Read more.           This excerpt posted here claims no credit for any information or image posted herein: it merely hosts such information or images. The original authors, owners and/or sources hold the copyright to any information and image on this post. If there is any information or image on this post that Read More +
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Bridging Sexuality, Theology and Activism

“Sexuality studies looks at how sexuality cuts across various disciplines and areas of human reality,” says Dr Joseph N. Goh, a Gender Studies lecturer at Monash Malaysia. “There is nothing human that is untouched by gender and sexuality. Sexuality studies looks at how sexuality cuts across various disciplines and areas of human reality. For example, how does sexuality speak to politics, activism and citizenship? How does sexuality inform socio-cultural ideas and community living? Where is sexuality in the political economy, for instance? And also, very Read More +
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Pope opens Synod; Calls for Welcoming Church but No Gay Marriage

By Philip Pullella. Pope Francis on Sunday reaffirmed Catholic opposition to gay marriage as he opened a three-week gathering of bishops from around the world but said the Church had to show love and understanding towards all. Read more. This excerpt posted here claims no credit for any information or image posted herein: it merely hosts such information or images. The original authors, owners and/or sources hold the copyright to any information and image on this post. If there is any information or image on Read More +
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Cardinal Schönborn Offers Model for Pastoral Outreach to Lesbian and Gay Couples

By New Ways Ministry For several years now, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has spoken acted very forthrightly in support of lesbian and gay couples.  In his latest interview with an Italian Catholic magazine, Schönborn continued his advocacy for greater recognition of same-gender couples, while at the same time tempering his recommendations by stating his adherence to the magisterium’s heterosexual norm for sexual expression. Though his comments about gay and lesbian relationships are not the most positive that they can be, there is a hopeful message Read More +
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If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

  By John Pavlovitz Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.  I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often. Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe. Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside the closet, trying to be part of the Church. Read More.   This excerpt Read More +
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An Open Letter to American Muslims on Same-Sex Marriage – Reza Aslan and Hasan Minhaj

“Bottom line is this: standing up for marginalized communities, even when you disagree with them, is not just the right thing to do, it’s the Muslim thing to do. Remember that whole God is merciful and compassionate thing? That extends to all people, not just those who are straight. Celebrate. Don’t tolerate. Love really does win” – Reza Aslan and Hasan Minhaj in Religion Dispatches. Read More. This excerpt posted here claims no credit for any information or image posted herein: it merely hosts such Read More +
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10 Bible Verses Conservative Christians REALLY Don’t Want You To See

By Curtis F. There’s recently been a wave of “religious freedom” bills put forth aimed at destroying the separation of church and state. Those who support these bills, and similarly religious-based legislation such as gay marriage bans, like to use the Bible as their justification for these laws. You may also notice that many of these same people say that Islam is a violent religion, so it’s no wonder that you might not hear them cite the following verses from the Bible. Read More.   Read More +
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Tony Campolo calls for Full Acceptance of Gay Christian Couples in the Church

By Ruth Gledhill. One of the most influential evangelical Christians in the US has called for full inclusion of gay couples into the life of the Church. Baptist minister Tony Campolo warns that the Church is in danger of repeating the same kinds of mistakes it made when it supported slavery and opposed the ministry of women. Read More.                 This excerpt posted here claims no credit for any information or image posted herein: it merely hosts such Read More +
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Call for Contributions to December Issue of Queer Asian Spirit E-Magazine

The Queer Asian Spirit E-Magazine (QAS E-Zine) is is an online magazine published annually (December) that is dedicated to the sharing of queer knowledges, experiences, communities, religiosities, theologies and spiritualities from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, pansexual, asexual, queer and questioning (LGBTIPAQ) people of Asian Pacific Islander (API) descent of diverse faiths from around the globe. We welcome contributions in various forms.    
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Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions

By Edward Pentin ROME — A one-day study meeting — open only to a select group of individuals — took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October. Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in the gathering, at the invitation of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, Switzerland and France — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Read More +
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