The Villager Voice ~ from Alan

For most of our 2000 years, the church has stood on the wrong side of history regarding the way it countenanced our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.  In particular, an extremely selective reading of the Bible has been utilized as a kind of ecclesiastical cudgel to reinforce the cultural status quo.  It wasn’t until the 1970s that we earnestly began to wrestle honestly and faithfully with the love of Christ and the LGBT community.  And while we can be gratified that our own United Church of Christ has been in the vanguard of compassion and inclusion, still too many expressions of the church have taken the side of judgment and exclusion.

June is Pride Month, and this Sunday we are going to go deep with the scriptures. We’re going to take a hard look at those places where others have found justification for that judgment and exclusion, and I will be bold to say that we will discover those passages read very differently than history and tradition have held.  Specifically we will consider the story of Sodom in Genesis, we’ll look at the ancient Levitical Code, and we’ll dip into what Paul has to say about the natural world in Romans.  As an Open and Affirming congregation of the UCC, our United Church has practiced extravagant welcome toward people from every walk and persuasion of life, and this week’s conversation will reveal how we can both take and find Pride in the Bible.

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