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Clergy across Michigan released a joint statement this week in honor of Holy Week, seeking unity and support for protective policies for all — including LGBTQ people:
As Christian faith leaders across denominations, we are united in the understanding that we must all be free to worship as we wish. Freedom of religion is one of the most important freedoms we enjoy as Americans — that’s why it’s already protected by the U.S. Constitution. But that freedom doesn’t mean that we impose our beliefs onto others, or discriminate.
This week, during Holy Week, one of the most special times of the year for so many people, we are reminded that we are all God’s children, called to build welcoming, inclusive spaces that invite our neighbors in.
That’s why we stand together this week and call for the passage of policies that protect our LGBTQ friends, neighbors and fellow congregants from discrimination. A majority of Americans from nearly every faith support these protections, including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Mormons, Buddhists and Muslims.
It is time for faith communities across the country to speak out about our support for the LGBTQ community, open doors, and heal wounds. No one should face mistreatment or discrimination just because of who they are or who they love. Let us share that message more stridently than ever during this holy season.
Pastor PJ Anderson, Space for Grace Fellowship Ministries, UCC, Lansing
Rev. Tijuana Gray, Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church, Grand Rapids
Rev. Joseph Summers; Pastor, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Ann Arbor
Pastor Matthew Bode, Zion Lutheran Church, Ferndale
Pastor Lindsey Anderson, Detroit Cooperative Church, Detroit
Pastor Jeffrey Ogonowski, Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church, Detroit
Rev. Adrain Mobley-Bowie, Breath of Life Center, Saginaw
Linda and Tom Karle Nelson, Co-Presidents of Fortunate Families (Catholic), Detroit
Randy Block Director, Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network of Michigan
Rev. Dr.Roland Stringfellow, African-American Roundtable Coordinator, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies, Religion Pacific School of Religion