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By the Editors of Bloomberg, Oct 27, 2011 7:00 PM ET
personal faith into our civil laws - do you not hear the story of your Puritan forbearers?
22 For history tells us Boston had two sons, the one, John Cotton, tied to the old European
mindset of a church-state paradigm, and the other, Roger Williams, born of the spirit of
liberty, in which the church is free from the dictates of the state and the state of the dictates
of the church.
23 Now, the former was born out of the . . .
have begun for the first time inside the conservative churches of Kerala, set in motion by Steve Parelli and
Jose Ortiz from the US
on September 16, 2011, in Central Park, New York. Four friends of the bride and bride, three travelling
from Singapore just for the occasion and a fourth a student at NYU, witnessed the marriage (along with
some Muppets). The wedding ceremony, given the theme "authentically playful" by the bride and bride,
was held at the Hans Christian Andersen statue, the famous Denmark writer of children's stories, near
72nd Street and East Drive, Central Park.
Rev. Stephen Parelli, clergy member of Metropolitan Community Church of New York and member of The
Riverside Church, New York, officiated.
individual's life. In fact, the pastor who made the threat had inquired from the beginning, prior to
his speaking with the victim, to learn if the person in question was an active Christian who was
regularly involved with the life of his church. Once the accusing pastor had determined that the
victim would indeed suffer if removed from the family life of his church, he handed down his
apparent decision: complete ostracism."
Program: "Putting a Face on Homosexuality"
•Meet a gay Christian married couple from America
•Receive your free copy of the recent translation into Nepali a paper on the author's experiences
within the evangelical "ex-gay" movement - his evaluation, and how it did not work for him
•Meet Other Sheep Coordinator for Nepal
Dear Christian Pastor, lay leader, and parishioner:
According to one Internet report, just last Sunday, on 14 August, 2011,
demand equal rights under a new constitution the country is in the process of writing."
The article goes on to say that this demonstration is the first of its kind outside of Kathmandu. The
article also makes the claim that Nepal does, though a conservative county, accept homosexuality.
This Other Sheep eNews that we are emailing to you invites you to visit with us, Rev. Steve Parelli
and Jose Ortiz, a gay Christian couple from evangelical backgrounds, at some point during our
time in Nepal. We are here until 1 September, 2011. You may phone us and make an
appointment to see us in person (see our contact information below).
Community Church, Singapore. Ou Yang preached in the Sunday morning service, and we
presented in the afternoon on "Is There Really Such a Thing as Ex-Gay?"
Pastor Ou Yang has been impacting this part of Asian for years with his coming-out story as gay
and clergy. We personally know Pastor Ou Yang from MCC-NY. We appreciate his ministry and
work. This is our second time to be with him in Asia. Our first occasion was in 2009 in Malaysia.
This morning we awoke in our Singapore hotel to the newspaper on our doorknob which
contained this article!
a sheet of paper at the registration table in his own hand writing which he signed. It reads: "This
meeting is absolutely important. For it is the first of its kind to happen in Kerala - where issues like
sexuality, homosexuality, etc., are openly discussed - within a Christian Theological context."
Local university students have arranged to hear a USA married gay Christian couple ("husband and
husband") tell their story on Monday, July 18, at 5:00PM, at the Dr. G. Nirmalam Memorial Hall Kerala
Veterinarian's building on Dharmalayam Road near Ayurveda College, Trivandrum.
organization concerned, in part, with equipping the church to act and speak out on behalf of the
marginalized of society, held its annual Young Lay Leaders Conference on July 7-9, 2011, in southern
Rev. Steve Parelli and Mr. Jose Ortiz, a "husband and husband" gay couple legally married in California in
2008, were the featured guest speakers.
In his presentation, Rev. Parelli, formerly a Baptist minister, said . . .
Citing the psychological research of Clock and Stark, Mr. Jose Ortiz, a school counselor in the public
schools of New York City, said there are five dimensions of how people are religious: Intellectual,
Experiential, Ideological, Ritualistic, and Consequence. . . .
Where I could not find, as a gay man, "Christian mercy" within my own evangelical Baptist denomination
and within my own nuclear "born-again" Christian family, I have, instead, been handed justice from my
This is a press release from 17 organizations - see end of article for their info. Who voted how?
meet queer people as they begin their year-long travel. Check out, below, the names of the 16 countries
they will be visiting, and if you have any suggestions regarding people you feel they should meet, please
email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
28. She is a journalist who will be going "beyond the headlines" to learn what positive attitudes there are
in Uganda and Kenya towards LGBT people. If you have any leads that could help her with this project, or
can offer yourself as an interviewee, I know she will appreciate it. Please email her at the following email
address and tell her "Steve Parelli of Other Sheep" contacted you. Below is her email of introduction.
Her email address is: email@example.com
Leaders continue the vision and spirit of OSEA and OSK with new organization.
and not at The Riverside Church as was originally announced. Please note the change of location.
2011, 4 PM --meeting in the sanctuary of All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave., New York, NY-- by Rev.
Stephen Parelli, Executive Director, Other Sheep
1157 Lexington Avenue (@ East 80 Street ). Date and Time: January 30, 2011, 4:00PM - 6:00PM.
Officiating: Service will be conducted by The Right Reverend Stacy S. Latimer, Senior Pastor.
find this the means you would like to use.
that the view of the religious majority is not to be legislated onto the views and practices of the sexual
minority. As long as a gay man or woman does not infringe upon the rights of other individuals, the
homosexual (who is often Christian) has the same right as his heterosexual counterpart, to interpret the
Bible according to his or her understanding and to answer only before God (and not to the government or
to the church)."
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