January 29, 2013

Psalm 119:89-96
Jeremiah 36:11-26
2 Corinthians 7:2-12

After spending several days together to discuss inclusion of LGBT people and foster ways to collaborate, religious leaders from five mainline Protestant denominations left the UCC Church House optimistic that the meeting would bear fruit as they find ways to work together to advocate for LGBT rights. The Ecumenical Judicatory Leaders Summit, a gathering which started Sept. 24, 2012 in downtown Cleveland and brought together leaders from the UCC, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United Methodist communities, was attended by nearly 50 bishops and ecumenical leaders to address welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in their churches. A gathering of this type wouldn't have been possible a few years ago, said the Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, the UCC executive for health and wholeness advocacy. Aside from the UCC, the Episcopal Church is the only other denomination that is blessing same-sex marriages.

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