GAYS & LESBIANS REDISCOVER CHRISTMAS SEASON
Derived From: The Globe and Mail (Toronto ON), Article by Michael
This article explains to a typically heterosexual audience how the
Christmas season can be a particularly difficult time for gays and
Psychotherapist and lesbian Nancy Ross was interviewed. She has found
that "for many people, this time of year brings pain, not joy, as the
emphasis on religious and family values heightens the sense of difference
and isolation that many of her patients struggle with."
|it is looked upon as a family holiday, and many gays and lesbians
have "lost their birth families" |
|it is also perceived by some as a religious holiday, and many gays
and lesbians have been "excluded from the church" |
But for the past 7 years, the Metropolitan Community Church has
organized a Christmas Eve service at Roy Thompson Hall. The MCC
was described as having "grown to 300 congregations in 17
countries" and as having as it role to minister "to the homosexual
community and other Christians alienated by what they see as a lack of
compassionate theology of sexuality in mainstream churches."
The service featured "carols, a sermon, and a rousing rendition of the
Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's 'Messiah'." 30 minutes into the service,
minister Brent Hawkes asked members of the congregation to stand if they had
lost a "lover, friend or relative" over the past year. Nearly half of
the 3,000 present rose.
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