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AWAB Makes Believe Out Loud's top ten list for 2013!
While the new Pope was making headlines and Exodus International was apologizing for the harm their ex-gay ministries have caused over the years, AWAB was celebrating 20 years of being the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists and 40 years of working for the inclusion of LGBTQ people within Baptist communities in the USA. Read more here.
Baptist Work to make Marriage Equality the Law in 2013!
From Minnesota to Maine, Rhode Island to Utah, 2013 was a big year for Marriage Equality and Baptists were there, in the trenches, helping to make history.
To read Pastor Doug Donley's (AWAB member University Baptist Church in Minneapolis) blog on marriage click here.
To read about Pastor Curtis Price (FBC Salt Lake City) officiating marriages in Utah click here.
To read about the SBC slamming George and Barbara Bush for witnessing a lesbian wedding in Maine click here.
To read about the wedding at the Equality House in Topeka, KS click here.
AWAB to honor Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock with the Passion For Equality award
On November 7 at a private fundraising event in Denver, CO Mayor Michael B. Hancock will be honored by AWAB with the Passion for Equality award for his prophetic witness as a Baptist in public life for marriage equality.
The Passion for Equality award is given out periodically as certain individuals from within the Baptist family of faith make a significant commitment to marriage equality in their state.
THE NEW BLACK opens in Los Angeles November 1
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. read more...
Detroit Pastor and AWAB Board member Resigns After Telling Congregation About Her Same-Sex Marriage
Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams resigned from her position as pastor of Zion Progressive Baptist Church in Detroit, Mich., after revealing to her congregation that she was in a same-sex marriage. read more...
New LGBTQ and Faith Conversation Resource Available
Groundswell, an initiative of the Auburn Seminary Media department, has created a new resource to help people have fruitful dialogue on LGBTQ families and faith. The Friends and Family Plan offers people a customizable tool that will equip you to speak with friends, family members, co-workers and others from this specific context both relationally and geographically.
You can find this new resource at http://www.friendsandfamilyplan.org/
Not All Like That Christians Project
AWAB has teamed up with t