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Christian denominations and homosexuality


The Christian Church (Disciples
of Christ)
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bullet "There is pain among gay and lesbian people, pain among those who feel that further discussion may compromise their faith, pain among congregations divided over the issue of homosexuality." Curt Miller, Executive Director of the Disciples' Office of Communication Ministries. 1


The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) [CC(DoC)] is a relatively liberal Protestant Christian denomination that has been slowly transitioning from:

bullet A total rejection of non-celibate gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals (GLBTs) to
bullet An acceptance of GLBTs and promotion of their civil rights in society.

As with other mainline/liberal denominations, the CC(DoC) has internal disagreement between:

bullet Young and elderly members,
bullet Western and southern regions, and
bullet Urban and rural congregations,

with the former group in each case taking a more liberal stance.

Topics covered in this section:

bullet About the denomination, the issue, and the GLAD Alliance.
bullet Gay/lesbian clergy, and events 1977 to 2001
bullet Events 2001 to now, and public opinion polls


  1. Curt Miller, "Disciples enter discernment process on gays and lesbians," Disciple's News Service. Original no longer online. It is mirrored in Yahoo! Groups on 2001-JUL-19, at:

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Latest update: 2009-JUL-09
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