I just read their Facebook page. Not a lot of information but it seems that much has been going on for awhile. I wanted to go the conference at some point. I hope and pray that it does come back in some form.
I don't believe suicide is talked about enough. I was happy that transgender people who died by their own hand were remembered at transgender day of remembrance services. Since marriage equality has become the law of the land a number of lgbt organizations have curtailed or ceased operations. Once again transgender folks have been left behind.
I have never read this in my 40+ years of being a Christian. I did an in-depth study on this using Hebrew texts. I may do another study on this. It will be helpful whenever someone confronts me with scripture alleged opposing my being transgender.
Really sad. I'm Christian and find this really appalling. Trashing people because they are different is NOT Christ-like. Are there degrees of Sin? Certainly not. We are created in God's image. It doesn't say anything about having to be straight in order to be part of God's kingdom.
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH TO LGBTQ: YOU’RE “SACRED,” BUT NOT WELCOME The month of May has marked a decided shift in the strategy for full inclusion of LGBTQ persons within the United Methodist Church (UMC). In the past ten days, more than 126 clergy and candidates for ordained ministry have endorsed two separate open letters to the Church outing themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Since United Methodist Church law prohibits “practicing, self-avowed homosexuals” from ministry, many of these clergy now risk losing their credentials. With the quadrennial business meeting of the denomination in full swing, the timing of these letters—released on the eve of the UMC General Conference—couldn’t be better.-by Pamela R. Lightsey. religiondispatch.org