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Faith – QNotes

Part 2: God loves San Francisco, not so the evangelicals

Op-Ed

As I wrote previously, God’s chosen people during this time must be the LGBTQ community, at least according to the standards used by Evangelicals, the Religious Right and even some Republican politicians. After all, they said AIDS was God’s wrath against gays.

S.C. Couple to Get Day in Court

Carolinas News Notes

A U.S. District Court has denied an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of South Carolina to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of South Carolina and South Carolina Equality on behalf of a married lesbian couple, Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch.

‘Proper Pronouns’

This is a feature-length documentary film by Meg Daniels that focuses on the struggles of being a transgender person and holding on to one’s faith in the South. Featuring Rev. Dawn Flynn, Rev. Mykal Shannon, Rev. Debra Hopkins and Rev. Liam Hooper. Free admission and no ticket required.

Our People: Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

LGBTQ Rights Activist

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is the founder and executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE). She founded CSE in 2011 and has worked on LGBTQ rights campaigns since 2011.

A Two Thousand Year-Old Hanukkah Question

Spiritual Reflections

When lighting the Hanukkah candles, should one start by lighting all eight candles on the first night and then decrease the number of candles each successive night, or should one start by lighting one candle and increase towards eight? For Hillel and Shammai, two of the greatest rabbis in Jewish history, the world depended upon their answer.

Finding Family and Community

Spiritual Reflections

With the holiday season upon us, family is more often on our minds. Our family is the first web of relationships, the first community we encounter through the tangled experience of growing up.

Reducing Stress, Finding Spirituality

Spiritual Reflections

I ran into a friend the other day, and we starting talking about the stress of living through the current political environment and the ongoing climate crisis. He told me that he had to stop living in all-consuming anger to prevent it from taking a toll on his health and well-being.

Finding Hope Amidst the Immigration Crisis

Spiritual Reflections

As people of faith, we believe all human beings are made in the image of God, and every person has sacred dignity and worth, regardless of their citizenship. We believe families belong together and children belong in communities; not in cages.

Pride event hits 200k attendance mark

Event welcomes mayor, first responders, organizations, companies and a bounty of LGBTQ community members and allies

Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade organizers have released estimates estimated attendance records for the Aug. 17-18 event. This year there were 200,000 that visited the two-day festival, topping the 2018 record of 165,000.