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    Swarthmore Christian Fellowship Allied With Controversial Christian Organization

    By Sarah Coe-Odess, The Phoenix - October 11, 2012

    When SUNY Buffalo sophomore Steven Jackson was forced to resign as treasurer of his school’s chapter of the Christian organization InterVarsity because of his homosexuality last December, controversy about the organization’s alleged anti-gay stance circulated throughout several universities and colleges. InterVarsity has remained under scrutiny for the past year and several colleges, such as Tufts University and SUNY Buffalo, have ceased funding for their local chapters. InterVarsity has 893 chapters on college campuses nationwide, including the Swarthmore Christian Fellowship (SCF).

    SCF, which is sponsored by the college, counts on InterVarsity for structure, leadership and resources and has an InterVarsity liaison for consultation and biblical guidance; in return, it is required to adopt and stand by InterVarsity’s policies and beliefs. In spite of this affiliation, current and former members of SCF maintain that the organization is totally inclusive.“We welcome all, regardless of background or belief, at all our activities, and seek to answer to questions that they may have,” SCF Large Groups Coordinator Josh Satre ’13 said. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Henry Ainley, The Phoenix


    From loving "the sinner" to loving your sister

    By David Taffet, Dallas Voice - January 19, 2012

    WICHITA FALLS — Jay Lowder believes that no matter what, you should love and accept people. He calls the idea of loving the sinner and hating the sin hypocritical.

    Lowder is an unlikely person to have those views. He is president and founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries Evangelistic Association based in Wichita Falls and is married with three children. [Read Full Story]

    Photo Courtesy of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries



    Gay Christians Find Home in Welcoming Churches 

    By Jhaneel Lockhart, City Beat - December 12, 2011

    When Juanita Kirton joined the Riverside Church in Harlem in the early 1980s, she was a single mother looking for a church that would accept her not just as a black woman, but also as a lesbian. There, she found comfort in the Inspirational Choir, and in Maranatha, the church’s LGBT ministry that is made up of openly gay members as well as straight people allied with the cause.

    “It took me about 10 years later before I even came out and felt comfortable in the church within my own skin,” said Kirton. “But Maranatha helped foster that and support me in that coming out process.” [Read Full Story]


    Pastor couple aims to create dialogue on homosexuality in conservative churches  

    By Joan Mead-Matsui, Abington Journal - November 16, 2011

    SCRANTON- Their travels have taken them around the world to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Uganda, Kenya, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico and India, where they visited churches or groups of fellowship of evangelical gay Christians.

    Rev. Stephen R. Parelli and Jose Enrique Ortiz, a Baptist pastor couple from the Bronx, were first invited to India for the summer of 2010 by a Hindu gay activist who told them, “I would like you to come to Trivandrum, Kerala. If you come to Trivandrum, I will arrange a meeting where you can tell your story to several different activists…” The meeting included gay activists, human rights activists, a gender studies’ professor and straight Christian allies for sexual minority issues. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Emily Taylor, Abington Journal


    Evangelical Chaplains Refuse to Marry Gay Couples on Military Bases

    By Paul Stanley, Christian Post - October 6, 2011

    An organization representing more than 2,000 of the nation's 5,000 military chaplains announced Wednesday they would join forces with the Catholic Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Service, saying they will not perform same-sex ceremonies.

    The 2,000 members of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, a group of evangelical clergy, are concerned about the Pentagon’s memorandum – issued 10 days after the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal took effect – that authorizes chaplains to officiate “any private ceremony.” A Sept. 20 order lifted the military’s long-standing DADT policy, allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the armed forces. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Alex Brandon, AP