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Education and Training for Scholars, Faith Communities, and Activists
Providing Meaningful Spiritual Pastoral Care to the LGBT Community
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and Openhouse presents this workshop on providing meaningful spiritual pastoral care to the LGBT Community. CLGS Executive Director, Bernie Schlager, will present this workshop on Wednesday, May 22 at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Click Here For More Information
CLGS News & Commentary
Expert: New Pope Not Likely to Soften Same-Sex Marriage Opposition
Bernie Schlager, the Executive Director of CLGS, is quoted in this February 11, 2013 KQED article. "Don't expect the next pope to preside over a gay couple's marriage. Pope Benedict XVI, who announced on Monday that he will step down as head of the Catholic Church at the end of February, has taken a hard line on same-sex marriage." Read Full Article Here.
Gay Marriage vs. Natural Law
Bernie Schlager, the Executive Director of CLGS, is quoted in this December 30, 2012 Chicago Tribune article. "When Illinois legislators approved civil unions last year, gay-marriage opponents turned to Scripture and church teachings to explain their resistance." Read Full Article Here.
A Unicorn at the White House
This article, written by Rev. Patrick Cheng, is featured in the July 30, 2012 issue of the Huffington Post. "When I came out in college in the late 1980s, I thought I was a unicorn. Surely I was the only gay Asian-American person in the universe. Never in my wildest imagination would I have imagined that I'd be invited to a White House briefing about issues of interest to the queer Asian-American community." Read Full Article Here.
Episcopalians Approve Rite to Bless Same-Sex Unions
Mary A. Tolbert, the Founding Director of CLGS, is quoted in the July 10, 2012 issue of the New York Times. The article addresses the Episcopal Church's recent approval of an official liturgy for blessing same-sex unions, called “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant.” Read Full Article Here.
First Out UCC Minister Honored
Elliot Owen discusses the recent weekend of events revisiting the 40th anniversary of William R. Johnson's ordination and early advances in LGBT movements in the United Church of Christ. The weekend was cosponsored by CLGS, New Spirit Community Church, and the Golden Gate Assocation. This article was featured in the Bay Area Reporter on June 28, 2012. Read Full Article Here.
Our Souls to Keep
Rev. Gwen Thomas, coordinator of the CLGS African American Roundtable, was featured in the Black Voices section of the Huffington Post. Rev. Thomas' piece entitled, Our Souls to Keep, is featured in the June 19th, 2012 issue of the Huffington Post. Read Full Article Here.
Let's Hear It For Catholic Leaders Who Defend Marriage Equality!
Bernie Schlager's piece entitled, Let's Hear It For Catholic Leaders Who Defend Marriage Equality! is featured in the June 18, 2012 issue of the Huffington Post. Bernie, Executive Director of CLGS, highlights the broad support for marriage equality among Catholics in the United States. Read Full Article Here.
Presbytery Votes Not To Discipline Minister Who Married Same-Gender Couples
In a historic turn of events, the Presbytery of the Redwoods has voted not to discipline Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr, despite the ruling of the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s highest judicial body, the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission, that they discipline her by means of rebuke, based on same-gender weddings the retired minister performed in 2008. Read Full Press Release Here
African American And Latino Clergy On Obama's Gay Marriage Support
Rev. Roland Stringfellow's piece, "African American And Latino Clergy On Obama's Gay Marriage Support" is featured in the May 14th issue of the Huffington Post. Roland addresses the reactions of LGBT religious and political leaders to Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage. Read full article here.
President Obama's Support for Marriage Equality
CLGS rejoices at the announcement by President Barack Obama today that he is in full support of marriage equality. At long last the United States of America has a president who has stated unambiguously that he believes that lesbian and gay couples should be able to enter into civil marriage. Read the full statement here.
CLGS Stands in Solidarity with our UMC Sisters and Brothers
CLGS is deeply saddened by the vote at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church that reaffirmed its stance that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching." Read the full statement here...
Community Viewpoint: The Sweet Sorrow of Parting
CLGS' Rev. Roland Stringfellow featured in the New York Times
On Valentine's Day this year, several PSR faculty and staff members attended the annual Marriage Equality protest in the San Francisco recorder's office and in this February 18th New York Times article, A Quiet Struggle Within the Gay Marriage Fight, Roland Stringfellow, Director of Ministerial Outreach at CLGS is quoted, along with Randall Miller, assistant professor of ethics at PSR and Rev. Karen Oliveto, pastor of San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church. Read Full Article Here.
Rev. Jay Johnson featured in Huffington Post Op-Ed
Rev. Johnson's piece entitled, Vagina Dialogues and White Gay Men: A Lenten Discipline is featured in the March 19th issue of the Huffington Post. Rev. Johnson, Senior Director of Academic Research and Resources at CLGS, addresses issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia in relation to gay white male privilege. Read Full Article Here
Rev. Roland Stringfellow featured in Huffington Post Op-Ed
Rev. Stringfellow's piece, A Clear Vision: Developing a Religious Strategy for Equality is featured in the March 23rd issue of the Huffington Post. Roland addresses the need to counter right-wing religious talking points with a progressive theological perspective. Read Full Article Here
Latino/a Roundtable Releases Spanish Language Resource Booklets
CLGS's Latino/a Roundtable has recently released 2 spanish language resource booklets entitled, Mamá, Papá: tengo algo que decirles and Ni Juicio, Ni Condena: Leyendo de Nuevo los Textos Bíblicos Sobre la Homosexualidad. Hard copies are available to order and full pdf versions of each booklet are available in our media resource library. Click here to view the first booklet and here for the second. Read more about the Latino/a Roundtable...
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