WBEZ | clergy http://www.wbez.org/tags/clergy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Clergy group calls for amendment banning same-sex marriage http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/clergy-group-calls-amendment-banning-same-sex-marriage-105202 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/photo(4).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A coalition of African American clergy is calling on Illinois legislators to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.</p><p>The group wants marriage defined as being between a man and a woman.</p><p>One of the members of the group, Bishop Lance Davis, who&#39;s senior pastor of New Zion Christian Covenant in Dolton, said he&#39;s &quot;insulted&quot; gay marriage is being viewed as a civil right.</p><p>&quot;I teach my children, while we love everyone, do not ever drink the Kool-aid that says they&rsquo;re one in the same,&quot; Davis said. &quot;We will fight against it vehemently.&quot;</p><p>To amend the Constitution, the Senate and House would have to pass the measure by three-fifths of their members, then it would go to voters.</p><p>Davis says voters, not politicians, should be the ones who ultimately decide the legality of same-sex marriage.</p><p>&quot;Even mundane decisions like zoning and traffic lights are open to input from the community and the constituency,&quot; Davis said. &quot;Surely, we should solicit the views and the opinions of the community and constituency on an issue as serious as marriage.&quot;</p><p itemprop="articleBody">The NAACP passed a resolution last year calling same-sex marriage a &quot;civil right&quot; and opposing any legislation &quot;that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens.&quot;</p><p itemprop="articleBody">Last month, a different group of more than 250 Illinois clergy members endorsed a bill in support of gay marriage, calling it &quot;morally just.&quot; In an open letter, the clergy said, &ldquo;There can be no justification for the law treating people differently on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/clergy-group-calls-amendment-banning-same-sex-marriage-105202 Handful of Illinois churches leave Chicago-based ELCA http://www.wbez.org/story/clergy/handful-illinois-churches-leave-chicago-based-elca <p><p>Three more central Illinois churches have split from the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.</p><p>So far, six congregations in the Springfield area have left the ELCA. About a half dozen others are voting whether to stay or go.</p><p>An ELCA spokesman says they're among 291 churches nationally who've left the denomination over a decision to allow gay clergy. That's out of more than 10,000 congregations.</p><p>Bishop Warren Freiheit, who oversees the ELCA's churches in the region, says the adjustment period is painful.</p><p>&quot;There's an emotional impact in that relationships will be severed, friendships will be severed. In some instances, communities where there are relatives in one community related to those who have left, there is even some family discord,&quot; Freiheit said.</p><p>Freiheit says he'll miss the pastors who have left, and he hopes it's possible someday to keep doing mission work with them, even though many have joined some break-away denominations.</p><p>Financially, his synod's already felt the impact. It's too soon too say how big the financial blow will be. But the bishop says many of these churches stopped passing along contributions after the clergy vote last year, so the synod's been making adjustments all along.</p><p>It's not all losses -- Freiheit says 130 congregations are staying, and the vote to leave failed at seven other churches. He adds that some people who felt the denomination made the right decision are joining the church.</p><p>The bishop says now, he hopes they can concentrate on the church's mission to serve and do outreach work rather than on discord. He says the number of congregations may be smaller, but expects they'll be even more dedicated to the mission.</p><p>Until the vote in August 2009, the ELCA required gay clergy to be celibate. Under the new policy, clergy and leaders in committed same-sex relationships can serve. The vote leaves it up to each church to decide if it wants a gay pastor or not.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 22:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/clergy/handful-illinois-churches-leave-chicago-based-elca