Yesterday, we asked what a traditionalist church should look like in terms of LGBT folks. Today, I want to look at what affirming churches can and should look like. To summarize the affirming position:
In the affirming church, GLBT people are welcomed and celebrated as full members of the congregation. Options for gay and lesbians include marriage and committed long-term relationships.
So what does this look like? (Again, regardless of your theological position).
What specialized ministries and programs (if any) need to exist to help support GLBT folks?
How does a church create a healthy environment for dating, marriage, etc? Is pre-marital counseling the same or different than for heterosexual couples?
How do we handle break-ups? Divorce?
What other considerations and issues are there?
OK… looking forward to hearing your thoughts…