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President of the United Church of Christ Endorses Marriage Equality

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    Reverend Thomas understands that for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the national debate over full marriage equality is not simply about
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2005
      'Reverend Thomas understands that for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
      transgender people, the national debate over full marriage equality is
      not simply about deciding a hot button issue, it's about our lives'
      — The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Religious Leadership Roundtable
      member and interim director of the UCC Coalition for Lesbian, Gay,
      Bisexual and Transgender Concerns

      President of the United Church of Christ Endorses Marriage Equality
      Atlanta, June 29, 2005

      During the National Gathering of the United Church of Christ Coalition
      for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns in Atlanta, the
      denomination's general minister and president, the Rev. John H.
      Thomas, called upon the church's General Synod to pass a proposed
      resolution supporting full religious and civil recognition of same-sex
      marriages at its biannual meeting, which begins on Friday, July 1. The
      United Church of Christ (UCC), which evolved from congregational
      churches founded by the Pilgrims and German immigrant and
      African-American communities, is a denomination of 1.3 million
      members.


      Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Religious
      Leadership Roundtable:

      The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Religious Leadership
      Roundtable expresses its profound gratitude to the United Church of
      Christ's general minister and president, the Rev. John H. Thomas, for
      urging his denomination to take a prophetic stance supporting marriage
      equality. As a church with roots at the beginnings of American
      history, the United Church of Christ (UCC) has shown historic
      leadership in inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
      people in its ministry. Americans can find in the UCC's visionary
      leadership an example of faith and values in action at a time when gay
      people are being attacked and exploited by the far right wing under
      the guise of "deeply held religious beliefs."

      The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Religious Leadership Roundtable member and
      interim director of the UCC Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
      Transgender Concerns, said, "We are moved beyond words by Reverend
      Thomas' personal and pastoral embrace of our community. Reverend
      Thomas understands that for lesbian and gay people, the national
      debate over full marriage equality is not simply about deciding a 'hot
      button issue,' it's about our lives."

      The Roundtable's prayers are with the UCC General Synod as it votes on
      this historic resolution.


      Signed, National Religious Leadership Roundtable Steering Committee:

      Swami Dhumavati, Kashi Ashram
      Bob Gibeling, Outreach Director, Atlanta Interfaith AIDS Network
      Reverend Michael W. Hopkins, Integrity, Episcopal Church, USA
      Reverend Jay Johnson, PhD., Programming Director, Center for Lesbian
      and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
      Reverend Michael Shuenemeyer, Executive and Minister for Lesbian, Gay,
      Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns, UCC Wider Church Ministries
      Reverend Rebecca Voelkel, Interim Director, UCC Coalition for Lesbian,
      Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns


      First convened in 1998, the National Religious Leadership Roundtable
      of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is an interfaith
      collaboration of more than forty denominations and faith-related
      organizations. The Roundtable seeks to reframe the public religious
      dialogue on issues involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
      transgender (LGBT) community by amplifying the voices of
      LGBT-affirming people of faith, countering religious voices of bigotry
      and intolerance, and working to advance full equality for all.

      MEDIA CONTACT:
      Richard Lindsay
      646.358.1474
      rlindsay@...
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