Black church leaders apologize to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community? Did I read that right? Yes, we did! Maybe gay rights are at a tipping point, when religious leaders in the black community are inviting us into their churches for real conversation and dialogue.
According to an article on TheRoot.com, the community event took place in Fort Washington, Md (a suburb of Washington, D.C.). Several ministers of black churches met with members of the LGBT community — and “formally apologized for what the organizers described as the church’s judgmental attitude toward individuals who experience same-sex attraction and their loved ones.”
Church leaders in attendance were from Carolina Missionary Baptist Church, Zion Church, Pilgrim Baptist Church and included Bishop Kwabena Rainey Cheeks, the openly gay pastor of Inner Light Ministries, a nondenominational church in Washington. As attendees told their stories, Bishop Cheeks bluntly said that “the most dangerous place for a gay and lesbian person is the black church.”
Read the full article here - Black Church Leaders Ask Forgiveness From the LGBT Community
Read more about Bishop Kwabena Rainey Cheeks here - Gay activist and man of God, Bishop Rainey Cheeks preaches inclusiveness at Inner Light Ministries
Do you think the church owes us an apology? Do you accept their apology?