The Advocate of the Episcopal Church
About two months ago, I heard from an old friend with whom I had lost touch. Most of what he had to say revolved around his relationship with a man with whom he is now living. Itís the man he started dating after he left the man he left his wife for. Itís all so confusing it has me ending my sentences with prepositions. And prepositions are a horrible thing to end sentences with.
After listening to an update on his love life, I asked my old friend whether he was going to church. He said he wasnít going anymore. He had left his previous church because they refused to allow gay deacons. He said he and his boyfriend needed a church that is more tolerant. Iím going to recommend that he give The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Carrboro, North Carolina a try.
Until a couple of days ago, the Advocate website (www.ouradvocate.org) had a list of the members of its vestry, which included Frank Lombard. But after Lombard was arrested for allegedly trying to peddle his five year old adopted son on the internet Ė for virtually unlimited sexual abuse by a stranger Ė the Advocate updated its site ...
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Since: May 08
#1 Jun 30, 2009
"... In 2003, many defenders drew a line (read: manufactured a standard) by saying that Jesus never specifically condemned homosexuality in the New Testament. But there is a huge problem: Jesus never specifically condemned pedophilia, incest, or rape in the New Testament either.
After my friend told me that any church he joins must allow gay deacons I asked this question: When you chose to cohabitate with your boyfriend did this also impose on the church a demand that they allow cohabitating deacons?
The question can be worded another way: Is it the role of the church to shape the culture or to merely reflect it?
That Frank Lombard was arrested on the day of Michael Jacksonís death is highly symbolic. Christians need to take a break from worshipping this culture and the idols it produces. We need to take a closer look at the man in the mirror."
Will we like what we see?
#2 Jul 25, 2013
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