homosexuality

Unity North Welcomes Exiled Boy Scout Troop

An Atlanta Unity church entered the national spotlight when they learned that a Boy Scout troop had been banned from meeting in a local church—the same church that hosted meetings for 68 years. The Baptist church made the decision after the Boy Scouts of America decided to lift a ban on gay youth. 

“The issue for us is simply about supporting the great work that the Boy Scouts of America do,” Rev. Richard Burdick said. “Hey, they’re homeless, and I fall back on Scripture: ‘What you do for the least of these, you do for me’ (Mt. 25:40).”

The Courage to Love

The Courage to Love

In a scene in Shakespeare’s romantic play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet takes her place atop the balcony and says, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Translation: A rose will always be a rose.  

More than a famous line, these words remind us that love can never be anything other than love, and it blooms inside our hearts, regardless of sexual orientation.

Such is the case with Annie Scholl and her partner, Michelle, and Rev. Ken Daigle and his partner, JD, two same-sex couples who keep spirituality and togetherness at their core.

Jesus and Homosexuality

Jesus and Homosexuality

The September/October 2010 issue of Unity Magazine features an important article by Ken Daigle about homosexuality and Scripture. In it, Daigle closely examines key passages that are cited by fundamentalist Christians as evidence that God condemns homosexuals. Daigle concludes that the translations of the Bible’s original passages written in Greek are inconclusive at best; moreover, they have tended to be interpreted according to each translator’s biases and personal or political motives.

Understanding the Bible and Homosexuality

Understanding the Bible and Homosexuality

Jesus never made any pronouncements about homosexuality. Or, if he did, those comments were never written in any of the Gospels. There are statements about homosexual acts in the Hebrew Scriptures (commonly known as the Old Testament) and in several of the letters of the Christian Scriptures (commonly known as the New Testament) that condemn homosexual acts. None of those passages refers to a mature, committed love relationship between people of the same gender. 

Homosexuality and the Bible

Homosexuality and the Bible

Honoring the universal truths in all religions and respecting an individual's right to choose a spiritual path has been one of the core values of the Unity movement since its inception in 1889. Co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore believed that by accepting all people, we would open the doors to a higher level of spiritual consciousness.

Using the Bible as a basic reference tool, Unity embraces its stories of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ metaphysically; that is, Unity explores the universal principles of spiritual law implied in the Bible and how they can be applied in our lives for more abundant and meaningful living.

Spiritual Equality

Spiritual Equality

How I long for the day when we will collectively stop clinging fearfully to old, outdated interpretations of Bible scripture based on concepts of an angry, demanding and punishing God and embrace instead the infinitely loving, intimately expressing Presence and Power that Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated some 2,000 years ago.

No one quotes the Bible anymore to justify the institution of slavery—although they did so in the not-so-distant past. No one quotes the Bible to justify treating women as property intended by God to be submissive to men in all things—although they did so in the even more-recent past.

Diversity Creates Balance

Diversity Creates Balance

The nature of God's great creation is one of diversity. Wonderful and mystical variances are found throughout the universe that make for a perfect balance in nature.

I believe homosexuality is a genetic disposition and a perfectly natural expression for a certain percentage of human beings. Homosexuals, as well as heterosexuals, are the way God created them and every person regardless of race, nationality, sexuality or appearance greatly embellishes the beautiful diversity of this world.

Every person's God-given right is to live the life they desire to live, as long as they don't violate the God-given rights of another to do the same or the laws of the society in which they live.

A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!

A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!

I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is "an abomination to God," about how homosexuality is a "chosen lifestyle," or about how through prayer and "spiritual counseling" homosexual persons can be "cured." Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy.

Gay is a Gift

Gay is a Gift

In January of 2009, Oprah Winfrey devoted an hour of her daytime talk show to exploring spirituality. … The episode featured a panel of spiritual teachers, including Rev.d Ed Bacon, a rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California.

During the broadcast, the panel answered questions from audience members and those video-conferencing from home. One of those home callers, a 33-year-old gay man from Atlanta named Sedrick, explained how growing up in a Christian home in rural Alabama caused him to see his sexuality as a hindrance in developing a fulfilling spiritual life.

In response, Rev. Bacon said simply and lovingly, “Being gay is a gift from God.”