Gay / LGBT

In our houses of worship, there are few issues today that have divided us more than this one. State to state, denomination to denomination and all across America, we're in conversation about marriage, adoption, ordination and discrimination. At Auburn, we believe that at the core of this issue is the question of the nature of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people - if we truly are all children of God, made in God's image.

That's why we've created programs to wrestle together towards understanding of the full humanity of LGBT people:

  • Building Moral Equality: At the root of the debates over gay marraige, adoption and anti-discrimination legislation across the country is the nation's understanding of the (im)morality of LGBT people. That's why Auburn is working with the Arcus Foundation and leaders of the religious movement towards LGBT equality to help articulate the theological and moral goodness of LGBT people.
  • Homosexuality and the Black Church: There have been many discussions about homosexuality in both mainline and conservative seminaries and churches. However, the perspectives of people of color have often either been ignored or narrowly characterized as reactionary or intolerant. In this day-long seminar, African-American religious leaders reflected on the complex conversations about LGBT issues that actually exist with communities.
  • Multifaith struggles with LGBT justice in film: There are a range of excellent story-based resources that invite viewers into the lives of Christian, Muslim and Jewish LGBT people. Auburn curated some of the best of those films for a 2007 film series, including Jihad for Love (Muslim), Trembling Before G-d (Jewish), Turning Points (Prebyterian), and Transcendence (multifaith), and continues to collect more recent resources to help congregations and communities get to know LGBT people of faith.
  • For the Bible Tells Me So outreach campaign: Auburn aided the filmmakers of For the Bible Tells Me So in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, to have the film used in as many congregations across America as possible. For the Bible tells the stories of five families, each of whom includes a gay or lesbian child, and the conversion experience the Christian parents had as they reevaluated their homophobic views in light of their love and respect for their children and the teachings of progressive Christian ethicists and theologians. For more information, click here.

The links that will change how you live and lead on LGBT equality:

  • The Institute for Welcoming Resources at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is a networking hub for movement leaders and a source of downloadable toolkits and curriculum for your church.
  • The Human Rights Campaign offers resources for interpreting scripture, including an online weekly preaching and devotional resource called Out in Scripture.
  • •  The National Black Justice Coalition is the source for help "lifting the theological chains of oppression from Black LGBT community," as America's only nationwide Black gay civil rights organization,
  • The Believe Out Loud campaign gives you the "how to" and support across the country to start the conversation on LGBT equality in your church.
  • • GLAAD's Religion, Faith & Values page and news feed keeps you up to date on the movement news.
  • •  Auburn Media's Macky Alston has written about his own gay marriage on Beliefnet. Click to read.