Sunday, June 21st, many Churches did not acknowledge in their services, the killing of 9 people in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

On Sunday June 28th, how many Churches will not acknowledge the Supreme Court decision that guarantees a right to same-sex marriage?

Our family was pleased that as we worshiped together on Sunday, June 21st, Father’s Day, the tragic killings in Charleston were acknowledged.

I have been told that in many Churches no mention was made of that tragedy.

On tomorrow, June 28th as I preach at Asbury United Methodist Church/Atlantic City, I will acknowledge the Supreme Court decision and express my joy for it.

How could any Church in its worship service, fail to remember the tragedy in Charleston, or the joy that the marriage equality decision evoked for so many people?

Justice Anthony Kennedy in his majority decision said this, “It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.”

Isaiah 56: 7b reminds us of the inclusivity of the house of worship; “…my house will be known as a house of worship for all nations (for all people, KJV)” Contemporary English Version/CEV.

Regardless of what Pastors, Churches or denominations believe about same-sex marriage, worship and the “house” in which it takes place, to be authentic, must embrace the sorrows and joys of all people, regardless of who those people are, or whom they love.


Gil Caldwell, a Co-Partner with Marilyn Bennett in the production of the documentary;
“From Selma to Stonewall – Are We There Yet?”; Produced by Truth in Progress

Rev. Gil Caldwell

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell is a retired United Methodist Minister who lives in Asbury Park, N.J. He was active in the Massachusetts unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and participated in the civil-rights movement throughout the nation. In 2000, he, with others, organized the RMN Extension ministry United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC), an organization committed to the full inclusion of LGBT people in every aspect of church and society. His recent book, Something Within: Works by Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell is available from Church Within A Church. Gil's advocacy efforts were also featured in the film "From Selma to Stonewall - Are We There Yet?" Learn more at truthinprogress.com

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