On October 4th 2010 in the Washington Post "On Faith" blog, Rev. Debra Haffner called for all religious leaders to speak out for LGBT youth in response to the recent gay youth suicides.
"Our young people are dying because we are not speaking out for them. Ask yourself honestly, do the LGBT youth in your community know that you welcome and support them? How would they know? Would they come to you as their minister, rabbi, or imam to talk about these issues? Would a LGBT youth feel welcome in your faith community’s youth group? What have you done to make sure that these youth know they are loved and supported, that you understand that they too are God’s children?"
Her call, titled An Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Gay Youth Suicides: It’s Time to Act Out Loud, resulted in sermons across the country. Sample sermons below.
Clergy Respond in Sermons and Prayers
For Other Religious Institute Materials on Worship Concerning LGBT Issues
This is a multifaith, online resource for faith communities that want to move beyond welcome toward a wider embrace of LGBT people and their families. Acting Out Loud explores the diversity of populations within the LGBT community and suggests dozens of practical steps that congregations can take to address the specific pastoral needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
A Time to Seek is a congregational study guide on sexual and gender diversity. Useful for individual study or group discussion, A Time to Seek offers an introduction to the science of sexual orientation and gender identity, and explores new understandings of Scriptural texts related to sexuality and gender.
If you are clergy or a religious professional, click here to read and endorse the Open Letter, which makes a faith-based argument for LGBT civil rights and full inclusion in our faith communities. And encourage your colleagues to sign on as well! You may also download the Open Letter to share with members of your congregation.
Click on the attachments below to download the PDF versions of the sermons.