July edition of The Interfaith Observer

July 15, 2013, The Interfaith Observer

Welcoming LGBTQ Communities to the Interfaith Table

The Barriers

The Challenge Facing Inclusivity
The Global Divide on Homosexuality
Pew Research Public Attitudes Project, June 4, 2013

Continuing Barriers in American Congregations
Study Says Gays Find Most U.S. Faiths Unfriendly by Adelle Banks

Ignoring the Transgendered
Employment Non-Discrimination Act 2013: The ‘T’ In LGBT Protections by Jan Diehm and Katy Hall

Taking Down the Barriers

Multifaith Action Paves the Way
Minnesota Marriage Equality: Top Ten Reasons this Victory Is So Sweet by Meg Riley

Finally, Goodness Affirmed
I Do Gay Marriage by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

No Longer Anonymous
Why I Decided to Come Out as a Gay Priest by Fr. Gary M. Meier

Breaking Through for the Sake of Love
“Like sunshine in the darkest abyss I’ve ever experienced.” by Joanna Brooks

How it Gets Better
Three LGBT Jews Share Their Journeys by Jay Michaelson

Revisioning Islamic Same-sex Relations
Quranic Values as an Inspiration for Gay Marriage by Pamela Taylor

Refocusing the Issue
Buddhism and Same-Sex Sexuality by Franz Metcalf

After All the ‘Others’
Including LGBTQ Voices in Interfaith Work by Chris Stedman

Profiling the Family Acceptance Project
Helping Religious Families Support Their LGBT Children by Caitlin Ryan

You Are Not Alone
Need-to-Know Resources for LGBTQ Young People by Sana Saeed

What Fifth-graders Learn from Good Teachers
Tablet of Stone by Gail Collins-Ranadive


Exploring Interreligious Relations & Interfaith Culture

Where Angels Fear to Tread

Interfaith News
Egypt’s Religious Conflict Raises Questions – Threats to Religious Freedom Increasing – URI Launches Interactive Anti-hate Effort – Weaning the World Away from Coal and Oil – Kenyan Interreligious Collaboration Taking on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Tragic Religious News from Myanmar – Syrian Christian and Shiite Shrines Resisting Sunni Aggression – Congregations Commit to Weekly Civil Disobedience in North Carolina – Intentional Interfaith Congregation Established – Astounding Results from ‘Sponsor a Child’ Research

Nudging Religion Towards Inclusiveness
The World Congress of Faiths – An Overview by Marcus Braybrooke

Parliament Update
Parliament of the World’s Religions Survives Financial Crunch by Adelle Banks

From Danville to the Amazon
Grassroots Activists with a Global Outreach by Ruth Broyde Sharone

TIO in Canada
News and Resources
Events and Opportunities