Stories of LGBT+ Adventists and their families have caught the attention of major news organizations, pointing both to the power of the stories and their uniqueness as accounts from within the faith community. Two stories in particular—one about an Adventist pastor who came out as bisexual and another about the Adventist parents of a transgender daughter—have received national media coverage.
Last month, Alicia Johnston announced to her congregation, the Foothills Community Church in Chandler, Arizona, and to her employer, the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, that she was resigning from her full-time pastoral role over her “complete disagreement with the Adventist Church on its teachings on LGBT people.” Johnston revealed that she identifies as bisexual, and described the story leading to her resignation in a 27-minute video message. Continue reading “Major Media Outlets Pick Up Adventist LGBT Stories”
Hilary Enriques – Saved to Serve International The controversy surrounding the transgender community and the demands for their rights and equality is not only a hot-button issue in the world, but it is also confronting the churches as well, excepting none. Like other Christian denominations, Seventh-day Adventist institutions are caught in the middle of trying to navigate through their biblical understanding and doctrines while addressing … Continue reading Seventh-day Adventists versus Federal Law Title IX. Will SDAs Bow or Stand?
RALEIGH, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rhetorical skirmishes continued Tuesday in North Carolina over a law limiting protections for LGBT people, as Democrats criticized a Republican’s plea to “keep our state straight.” The criticism came a day after dueling demonstrations drew thousands of protesters for and against the law, ending with the arrests of 54 people voicing their opposition to the law in the Legislative Building. At … Continue reading North Carolina Lawmaker: ‘Keep Our State Straight’
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Monday vetoed a controversial religious liberties bill that had provoked outrage from Hollywood, sports leagues and corporations for what critics said was its discrimination against gay and transgender people. “I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, which I and my family have been a part of for generations,” Deal … Continue reading Georgia governor vetoes religious freedom bill criticized as anti-gay