Many LGBT members consider one of their greatest gifts to be a greater capacity to love their fellow man. They feel an increased awareness, empathy, compassion, and desire to serve others, especially those who have faced uphill battles in society. Depending on the discussion and as led by the Spirit, a personal experience involving this greater capacity to love may help tear down walls and build bridges towards love and understanding of each other within the group.
By Dave Sandberg
At the Affirmation Conference, Fiona Givens pointed out that even the Lord of the vineyard feels ready to give up on this project, yet continues to persevere, knowing that both the tame and the wild olive trees will perish if left to themselves. But if grafted together, they will become different from what they have been – and provide vital nourishment and strength to each other as they continue to grow. There are both tame and wild olive trees that grow within my own character that need pruning, grafting, and managing.
Perspectives on LDS Church Leaders’ Nov. 13th Clarification of Policies for Same-Sex Relationships and their Children
The new policy and clarification seem to assume that very few gay or lesbian Mormon couples have a desire to raise their children in the Church. Yes, many have left activity because they felt excluded, were disciplined, or were treated insensitively by members and church leaders. Yet, there remain a significant number of gay and lesbian Mormons who are same-sex partnered, married or planning to marry, who also have or hope to have children, and had planned on raising them in the Church.
‘For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come ,nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Read the reactions of various parents to the Church’s changes to the handbook.
This article includes a comprehensive list of blogs, articles, podcasts, news, etc. about the policy change.
Nós reafirmamos a divindade e dignidade de todos os filhos e filhas de Deus e todas as famílias e o potencial que cada uma delas tem para amar e se apoiar neste mundo e no próximo. Nós permanecemos na solidariedade com todos as crianças, indivíduos e famílias que foram empurradas para longe, e lamentamos com aqueles profundamente magoados por esta política.
Please join us on Sunday, November 8 for a worldwide prayer, fast, and vigil that is being organized in response to the change in the LDS Church Handbook of Instruction that requests disciplinary councils be formed when same-sex couples marry and that prevents children of LGBT parents from obtaining LDS ordinances. Please click link to learn more and find the locations of the vigils around the world that will be held tomorrow evening.
This article provides links to the various article and news videos featuring Affirmation Leadership Team and Board member reactions to the Church’s changes to the Handbook of Instruction.
By Duane Jennings
I love art. … [L]ike any spiritual nourishment, from bird-song to evensong, it is a critical part of soul health. And great would be the society that could awaken the young to all song with a clear inspiration rather than with some stumbled-upon hearing, while always acknowledging the paradox of the mysterious source. I would be part of that sounding if I could, with my art and with my life.