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Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, MCC Clergyperson and Human
Rights Activist, Honored With Order of Canada Award

(Los Angeles) - The Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, the Toronto clergyperson whose challenge of Ontario's marriage laws led to marriage rights for same-sex couples across Canada, has been awarded membership in the Order of Canada by Canada's national government.

The Order of Canada is the highest civilian national honor that can be awarded in Canada and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. It honors those who have made a recognizable and lasting contribution to Canadian society and is awarded in the name of Queen Elizabeth II, who serves as Sovereign of the Order, by Canada's Governor General, the Queen's representative in the country.

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ACTION ALERT ***To U.S. Residents***
Metropolitan Community Churches

From Rev. Nancy Wilson
MCC Moderator

June 15, 2007

I am writing today to urge you to join me in opposing the nomination of Dr. James W. Holsinger for the position of Surgeon General of the United States.

While Dr. Holsinger has a long history of service to the health care profession, he also has a long history of unwise, uneducated and unhealthy positions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

+ While serving on a United Methodist Committee, at a time when that communion was seriously considering a supportive position on LGBT sexuality, Dr. Holsinger authored a paper concluding that the sexual practices of gay men "have resulted in a diverse and expanded concept of sexually transmitted disease and associated trauma," and that only heterosexuality is anatomically mandated. Dr. Holsinger subsequently left the committee rather than recognize "the moral dignity of gay and lesbian life," even within monogamous relationships.

+ While on the Judicial Committee of the United Methodist Church, he voted to end the pastoral careers of Rev. Karen Dammann and Rev. Beth Stroud, solely because they are lesbians -- and he even voted to uphold the decision of a clergyperson to refuse church membership to a gay man.

+ Dr. Holsinger is a founding member and leader of Hope Springs Community Church, a church that supports the highly discredited and abusive "reparative therapy," linking the "recovery" from homosexuality with the recovery from homelessness as well as addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex.

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Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) is a recently established center of Pacific School of Religion Berkeley, California.

The Center serves three distinct but overlapping constituencies: the world of academic religious scholarship; faith communities; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and organizations.

CLGS is purposed toward developing programming in each of four major areas: Research, Resourcing, Education for Leadership, and Community-Building/Advocacy. All programming works to carry out the Center's fundamental mission:

To advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.

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Instinctively, we all sense that the answer must be a resounding No!

Yet we live in a time when many churches are leading the effort to deny gay and transgender people equal protection under the law.

Just last year, Indiana's legislature initiated a four-year process to amend our State Constitution to ensure that gay couples never gain access to the same legal rights as straight couples. This is the first time since the slavery era that Indiana's legislature has singled out a specific group of people for exclusion from Indiana's Equal Protection Clause. The practical effect of the proposed amendment would be to deprive gay couples of basic rights -- such as being able to visit each other in a crisis in the emergency room or inheriting property from each other.

Since so many churches are invoking the name of Jesus to justify their assault on the rights of gay and transgender people, we invite thoughtful people everywhere to ask this simple question:

What would Jesus do?

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A SIMPLE TRUTH

Using religious teachings to deny equal rights to anyone,
including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people,
is clearly wrong

"Misguided religious teaching throughout our history has blinded Americans to the injustice of discrimination against minorities such as African-Americans, women and interracial couples. It is why many cannot see the suffering of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in America today."

Mitchell Gold
Founder of Faith In America

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MCC has organized an online community called Living Fusion specifically to join together in organizing Social Action in all areas of the World. To join us in this effort, please click here.



Social Policy Statements on LGBT Concerns by National Bodies of the United Church of Christ

Since 1969 various national settings of the United Church of Christ have addressed the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in church and society, calling for welcome, inclusion and justice. On this page you will find a comprehensive list of the pronouncements, resolutions and other actions adopted by the General Synod, Executive Council and other UCC national bodies. You will also find links to the texts of these actions.

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