A few years ago the Ramsey Colloquium—a group of Christian and Jewish scholars—published a sharp critique of "the gay and lesbian cause" which they titled "The Homosexual Movement. It hardly needs to be said that entering the debate in this way exposed the Ramsey Colloquium to angry denunciation and was, for some of its members, an act of courage. My purpose is not to criticize the declaration's reasoning but to draw your attention to one paragraph as the starting point for our conversation:. This is a profoundly counter-cultural vision of human sexuality and one that can be helpful as we struggle with the moral question that is before us: should the church affirm faithful relationships between same-sex partners?
Northminster, a staple in the Jackson spiritual community and one of the largest Baptist churches in the state, has long leaned left of the traditional values of the state convention, welcoming same-sex couples and ordaining women as ministers and deacons. The Mississippi Baptist Convention does not impose doctrine on churches. Structurally, Baptist churches in Mississippi operate in autonomy and church leaders may choose to join or leave any convention or any association at any time. Out of respect for them Northminster and their future, the board has no comment. Several church leaders, including pastor Charles Poole, also declined to say exactly what reasons were cited by the association in making its decision. Poole said on Friday he was not comfortable speaking on the record until everyone in his congregation had a chance to receive the letter and he was able to have conversations with church members.
When Beth Moore arrived in Houston in the s, she found few models for young women who wanted to teach scripture. Many conservative Christian denominations believed that women should not hold authority over men, whether in church or at home; many denominations still believe this. In some congregations, women could not speak from the lectern on a Sunday or even read the Bible in front of men. But Moore was resolute: God, she felt, had called her to serve. In tiny church social halls, she laid the cornerstone of an evangelical empire.
She says it's because she is in a same-sex relationship. Tom Hayes reports. A Bowmanville , Ont. Kimberley Mills told Global News she has been attending the Calvary Baptist Church in Oshawa regularly for around four years and served as a youth leader.