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Rev. Jim Lucas: 616-791-6721
Gays In Faith Together (GIFT) Office: 616-774-0446
Coalition of clergy, lay leaders, and gay Christians say “Yes!”
News Conference Invitation, April 3
Who: A coalition of West Michigan clergy, lay leaders, community members, gay Christians, as well as family and friends
What: Explanation of the “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign, with a billboard on northbound US 131 just south of Burton
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
When: 2pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Starting Monday, motorists along northbound US 131 south of Burton will see a sign of hope for a much maligned and long neglected population. This billboard, proclaiming “Gay Christian? Yes!” will be the first of many public messages.
Join us at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (47 Jefferson SE) as a coalition of churches, pastors, family, and friends, led by the non-profit Gays In Faith Together (GIFT), unveil the reasons behind the “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign.
At the press conference, you will hear from pastors and lay leaders who will tell you why their faith compels them to preach an inclusive Gospel. You will also have opportunities to interview gay Christians who can tell you what this very public display of affirmation means.
The billboard also introduces the new website, GayChristianYes.org.
The interactive website has stories and videos of hope and triumph by gay Christians once shunned by faith leaders. The website also includes stories of supportive allies. These Christians found a way to remain true to how God created them and to Christ’s message, and they found their way to affirming church homes.
The steadily growing website also includes:
• listings of 30 area gay-friendly churches
• articles and affirming sermons from pastors and theologians
• books, videos, and stories from gay Christians, as well as friends, family, and allies
“Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population have been inundated with stories of how the church and Christian leaders demonize and shun us. We need only look at the news reports of bullying, suicides and gay youth getting kicked out of their homes to see the dire consequences for youths, families and anyone hearing such negative messages,” says Theresa D. McClellan, GIFT’s Faith Advocacy Coordinator of the “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign.
“As we enter into Holy Week, all are focused on Easter, the highest Christian celebration, recognizing the promise of new life in Christ,” says McClellan. “What better time than now, as followers of Christ, to honor Christ’s message of hope and inclusion by saying ‘Gay Christian? Yes!’”
GIFT’s Chaplain, Rev. Jim Lucas, agrees: “For too long gay Christians have heard the message, directly or indirectly, that the Easter message is not really for us, that we should stay in our tombs of shame, fear, and isolation. In the “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign we are proclaiming that Christ arose from the dead to give new life to gay Christians, just as much as heterosexual Christians.”
Faith & Sexuality Series: Engaging our Sacred Texts
Join us for a Faith & Sexuality Series during our GRITS adult meetings on Wednesday evenings during the month of February. This series will be lead by Gregory Eran Gronbacher, a gay Jewish man with a passion for theological study and discourse.
We will be encouraged to engage the Scriptures in new ways and glean from the perspectives of one another. This series is sponsored by the Gay Christian? Yes! campaign and GIFT. It is free and open to the public!
Dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, and 2/26
Location: 207 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(Turn North onto Barclay, turn into the top parking lot and head down to the bottom parking lot. The door is closest to the sidewalk on Fulton.)
Identify. Tell me why. GCY!
Need to create your video? All it takes is a webcam and five minutes of your time.
Using YouTube (or another preferred video hosting site), you record a web or phone cam video of yourself. Just tell us who you are. LGBT+? Ally?
Tell me why.
Explain why the “Gay Christian? Yes!” message resonates with you. What is your story? How do you find yourself reconciling your spiritual walk, your involvement in a church community, and the various other aspects of your humanity? Allies too! What message of hope can you offer your Christian LGBT friends and neighbors?
Affirm that you are among those who unconditionally recognize the sacred worth of each person and fully welcome all into the life and community of the church by saying “Gay Christian? Yes!” and/or by making a whimsical sign with the GCY name and website to hold up at the end of your video
Submit a link to your video at Facebook.com/GayChristianYes
or via email:
More helpful hints can be found by clicking on "Videos" above, and then on "How to Upload and Share your video"
Make your video today, and join the many voices proclaiming:
"Gay Christian? YES!"
Donate to the Campaign
The “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign needs your financial support. Gays In Faith Together (GIFT) runs the Campaign. GIFT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. US donations are eligible for tax deduction. Send your check to
207 East Fulton
Grand Rapid, MI 49503
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Note that your donation is for the GCY Campaign.
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