Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Pre-order Book!
Pre-order Book!
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Chicagoans contemplate path forward after anti-LGBT church vote
by Matt Simonette
2019-03-10

This article shared 3308 times since Sun Mar 10, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


For Rev. Britt Cox, pastor at Church of the Three Crosses, 333 W. Wisconsin St., a Feb. 28 vote at a United Methodist Church ( UMC ) conference affirming an earlier condemnation of homosexuality as being incompatible with Christian teachings was "heartbreaking but not surprising."

The controversial vote, rendered at a special conference in St. Louis, both condemned homosexuality and empowered church officials to crack down on clergy who performed same-sex marriages and shore up rules that had been skirted in order to ordain LGBT clergy.

"This is something that's looked like it was going to happen, and I have been involved in some grassroots work to kind of change the denomination's previous but longhand stance," Cox said. "At the other end of it, the Christian tradition is one that holds hope at the center of our faith," she said. "Of course, I hoped for inclusion and love to become official church law, but I wasn't surprised when it didn't.

Cox, whose congregation is affiliated with both UMC and United Church of Christ, is openly LGBT and has had her post at the church since last year. Many of her congregants were hurt and disturbed when the votes came down.

She explained, "We have a large population of our church who, in some way, have been hurt by a church tradition in some capacity—maybe they're LGBTQ and told they were sinful; maybe they were women who were called to ministry and told they couldn't do; maybe they're folks living with the realities of a mental health diagnosis. For many of them, this news was really personal and really put them in a position where they were questioning how we, as a local church, could stay connected to a tradition that holds these views."

Chicagoan Rev. Gregory Gross said that he was flooded "by many different emotions" after the vote.

"I don't think I was surprised by this," Gross said, noting that rules and decrees against LGBT persons have been increasingly restrictive since the early '70s. "It was one of those things I've been saying could be coming. But it still hurts. I think it was very surprising to people who were moderates. There were people in the middle who were pushing a plan that gave space to both sides."

Cox attributed the vote results to the different regional dynamics at play within the church. While local congregations and parishioners might be welcoming to LGBT persons, that may not be the case in congregations in other nations or even other parts of the United States.

"I grew up in the south," she said. "The rhetoric from my clergy colleagues down there leading up to the vote was very different than it was from [clergy from] northern Illinois and Chicago. The majority of the folks advocating at the conference were for inclusion and welcoming LGBTQ folks. However, the conservative faction is very well-organized and well-funded."

Many have said that the February votes go against the constitution of the Church; a church court will rule on that matter in a gathering in Evanston in April.

Church of the Three Crosses quickly put together a letter of dissent proclaiming that their congregation would continue to be welcoming and affirming, despite the vote, Cox said. She added, "There's already [discussions about] if a lot of us want to leave, or do we want to stay and remain in faithful disobedience. We've still been coming up for air and trying to put together the pieces, but I would say that there's already dialogue about what new and wonderful thing could be birthed from this terrible and traumatic event. We don't know the answer quite yet."

Gross said that he feels both liberated by the negative vote, in that LGBT persons and their allies know where they stand and can be motivated to push ahead for change, but he also was troubled by church leaders and congregants loudly affirming the vote. He said that he knew of young people who'd engaged in self-harm, and clergy who'd turned in their credentials, upon learning of the vote.

"I hope that church leaders who voted for this traditional plan see that, and understand the consequences of the action they've taken, and that other leaders will speak up and say that this is not okay," he added.


This article shared 3308 times since Sun Mar 10, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Groundbreaking drag-queen ministry candidate speaks at Illinois UMC
2021-04-16
Hope United Methodist Church (in Bloomington, Illinois) celebrated Drag Sunday on April 11 with a message from Ms. Penny Cost, Religion News Service reported. The Illinois Great Rivers Conference's Vermillion ...


Gay News

Pastor Donnie McClurkin's struggle with sexuality mirrors the Black church's
2021-04-13
The most significant factor that keeps the Black church on the down low are closeted, homophobic ministers. Pastor Donnie McClurkin—a three-time Gospel Grammy winner and the former poster boy for ...


Gay News

WORLD Trans women arrested, death threats, Russian film, leader apologizes
2021-04-11
Two transgender women facing charges of "attempted homosexuality" (as well as public indecency and not carrying identification) in a high-profile case in Cameroon will spend more than two months behind bars without a trial after a ...


Gay News

Pfleger seeks to help community as investigation continues
2021-03-25
Well-known South Side minister/activist Father Michael Pfleger sent a letter to more than 150 parishioners, community leaders, elected officials and friends of St. Sabina Church who have expressed their support for him and are urging the ...


Gay News

Pope Francis documentary 'Francesco' to debut March 26
2021-03-16
Pope Francis—in the news lately because of the Catholic Church's stance that it cannot bless same-sex unions, adding that it is "not licit" to bless relationships that involve sexual activity outside of marriage—is the subject of ...


Gay News

DignityUSA: Vatican denying same-sex blessings "Exacerbates pain and anger"
2021-03-16
--From a press release - March 15, 2021. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics working for justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the church and society, is deeply disappointed by the Vatican's statement unequivocally denying blessings to same-sex coupl ...


Gay News

Vatican won't bless same-sex unions
2021-03-15
The Catholic Church said it cannot bless same-sex unions, adding that it is "not licit" to bless relationships that involve sexual activity outside of marriage, according to an NBC News item. The Congregation for the Doctrine ...


Gay News

WORLD Ghana turmoil, Malaysia case, Copenhagen 2021, Brazil churches
2021-02-28
Anti-gay outcry has forced Ghana's first LGBT+ community center to temporarily close to protect its staff and visitors three weeks after it opened, Reuters reported. Church groups, politicians and anti-gay rights groups have called on the ...


Gay News

COVID Howard Brown Health COO talks vaccine rollout and race
2021-02-18
On Feb. 13, Howard Brown Health hosted a citywide vaccination blitz at five community partner locations (New Beginnings Church of Chicago; 6620 S. King Dr.; Trinity United Church of Christ/TUCC; 400 W. 95th St.; Rising Sun ...


Gay News

MOVIES Dutch journalist talks about making 'My Friend, the Mayor'
2021-02-17
In the Amazon Prime Video documentary My Friend, the Mayor: Small-town Democracy in the Age of Trump, Dutch journalist Max Westerman profiles friend Sean Strub, an openly gay activist, activist, long-term AIDS survivor and POZ magazine ...


Gay News

Writer on AIDS activism in the Black church honored
2021-02-10
--From a press release - The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN) honors Dr. Dan Royles with the 2020-21 LGBTQ Religious History Award. The review jury selected Royles' "There Is a Balm in Gilead: AIDS Activism in the Black Church" from among ...


Gay News

Pete Buttigieg is first LGBTQ Senate-confirmed cabinet member
2021-02-02
--From a Victory Institute press release - Washington, DC — Today the United States Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation, making him the first out LGBTQ person ever confirmed for a cabinet position. Buttigieg is one of dozens of high-profile LGBTQ ...


Gay News

Former Mayor Emanuel being considered for ambassadorship
2021-02-02
President Joe Biden is reportedly considering former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a high-profile ambassadorship—potentially to China, according to NBC News. Becoming the U.S. ambassador to Japan is another option ...


Gay News

More abuse charges leveled at Pfleger
2021-01-25
Two brothers have alleged that the Rev. Michael Pfleger molested them dozens of times over several years beginning in the early 1970s, The Chicago Tribune reported. The brothers said they were sexually abused in Pfleger's room ...


Gay News

Lighthouse Foundation looks ahead to 2021 survey
2021-01-19
Lincoln Park-based Lighthouse Foundation, an advocacy that primarily uplifts Black LGBTQ Chicagoans and has its roots in Lincoln Park-based Lighthouse Church of Chicago, will survey five prominent LGBTQ-focused local organizations ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.