Most Americans have no idea what is going on in the Christian communities of Africa and the Caribbean. Too many American churches support anti-LGBT laws as seen in Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia where even Campus Crusade for Christ is pushing for the death penalty for homosexuals. Genuine Christians from America must counter what the extreme fundamentalists are exporting. The truth needs to go out to the millions of people who have been misled with lies about LGBT people.Read More
Love is expressed in many ways, but to express it in justice, is to take seriously, the making of all humanity; "The Beloved Community"Read More
So, for what it’s worth, I’m just “over it” when it comes to anything related to charges and trials... It’s just all so 20th century….kind of like shoulder pads in women’s suit jackets. It’s time to clean the UMC closet. It’s embarrassing every time we wear one of those things out in public. Should someone file a complaint against me I think I’ll just ignore it. Should my bishop call me in to account for my actions (in so far as it relates to performing same-gender weddings) I have a hunch I just won’t go. Should a trial be scheduled, I’ll be hard pressed to participate...Read More
"I was writing today about a question posed in the Washington Post which was, 'How come no one is talking about the fact that all of the perpetrators of these mass killings are white? Does anybody think that if they'd all been African American, we wouldn't be talking about race? So why aren't we talking about race?'"Read More
"If you're not in trouble for the Gospel, then is it the Gospel that you're preaching?"Read More
The progression of AIDS is a multi-layered history as experienced by different racial communities, however the loss of so many loved ones was a tragedy shared. Exclusion, denial, stigmatizing, and discrimination from the government, medical establishments, church, and family only multiplied exponentially the pain and heartache. While AIDS is not a "gay disease," it is greatly significant to the history and formation of the LGBT equality movement.Read More
Wednesday, February 6, Anderson High School, Austin, TexasSpeaking in support of their "No Place to Hate Program" Gil graduated from Anderson High in 1951 when it was an all black, racially segregated school
February 7 - 10, Anniversary Week, Huston-Tillotson University Gil spent his freshman college year at Samuel Huston College, which merged with Tillotson College to become Huston-Tillotson University.
Saturday, February 9, 12:30-2:30 PM, Lunch and conversation with Gil Hosted by Southwest Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action and St. John's United Methodist Church at 2140 Allandale Rd, (512) 452-5737 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please RSVP to Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, February 10, Gil will be preaching at the 9:15 AM and 11:30 AM worship services at Trinity UMC at 4001 Speedway, (512) 459-5835 ALL ARE WELCOME.
Bennett is not sure when that (the church will change) may happen. "Frankly, I think society is way ahead of the church, and the church's anti-LGBT stance only makes the church seem more irrelevant and out of touch," she said. "A lot has changed in our country since 1972, but the UMC had held onto its ' [ homosexuality ] -is-incompatible-with-Christianity' language all that time."Read More