Saturday, April 28, 2012


In addition to the no-black-musicians weirdness at the recent concert of the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band there was even more weirdness: the band's seeming endorsement of an anti-Gay religious group.

The concert, held at Ebenezer/Herchurch Lutheran church was kicked off by a "welcome" from Pastor Stacy.


This is the first time, of all the concerts I've attended in churches, that the minister of the church addressed the audience.

It was like, is this a religious service or a concert? Was the music just bait for a religious pitch?

I find this unacceptable, in and of itself. And it is completely unacceptable for a group that receives public funding. (SFLGFB receives funds from the San Francisco Hotel Tax Funding for the Arts.)

Pastor Stacy's little speech was halting and awkward--making vague connections between the goodness of music and the goodness of, well, goodness.

She knew she shouldn't proselytize so she was trying to proselytize without proselytizing.  The result was pure embarrassment.

The group Pastor Stacy represents is anti-

Most Lutheran groups agree with most Christians that all gay sex is always sinful.

The highly liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, includes people with differing views on gay sex.

Many ELCAers hold the traditional view that all gay sex is sinful.

Other ELCAers focus on the value of faithful monogamous (sic) lifelong relationships. Their position is, "Let's not talk about the sex part too much."

So ELCA, which includes Ebenezer/Herchurch, is unwilling and unable to say that gay sex is good, or even that gay sex is not sinful.

Pastor Stacy thinks it's just fine to belong to a group that tolerates the assertion that all gay sex is sinful.

So why is a group with "Lesbian and Gay Freedom" in its name endorsing an anti-Gay religious group.

Who the fuck knows?

But it's weird.

As far as I can tell, Herchurch is a Lutheran outreach to feminist/lesbians, making the story of the Bible palatable by manipulating the gender of pronouns.

See here, ELAC's position(s) on homosexuality.

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