Sunday, October 13, 2013

Many Voices: God is love and love is for everyone

By Sabrina Samone, TMP
 
Filmmaker Katina Parker created a recent series of six videos for the many voices organization; a black church movement for gay and transgender justice. The series covers personal stories of African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people who came of age and came out in Black churches.

Many Voices is a non-profit whose mission is to foster a Black Church movement for gay and transgender justice and its new media campaign was created to engage church leaders and LGBTQ people about fostering a movement for gay and transgender justice in Black churches. It also offers training, resources, and relationship-building opportunities for interested church leaders and Black LGBTQ people.

United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, who is involved with Many Voices says, “The time is now for the Black Church to fully embrace our tradition of calling for freedom, liberation and justice for all of God’s children, especially for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family and friends.” Rev. Cedric Harmon, who is co-director of many voices, added that “The truths of the personal testimonies represented in the Many Voices Video Campaign are hard to deny. I pray we hear the message and eagerly engage in efforts to eliminate the inequalities and injustices affecting the lives and aspirations of so many.”

It is true that the church itself over many years has pushed a large portion of the LGBTQ people from knowing the love of God. Personal bigotries preached at pulpits across this country have lead to the persecution of countless people based on race, sexual orientation and gender identity. It is very unfortunate because this is not the message of God. The Black Church along with all types of denominations and cultures has to address or answer for the day that they cause so many to turn away from Christ instead of allowing them to be embraced by his love.

The time is past due to correct the rhetoric of hate found in churches across this country and others and allows the true gospel of Christ to be heard. For more information of Many Voices, visit ManyVoices.org






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