There can be no question, however, that the Jewish and Christian traditions set heterosexual marriage apart from all other covenants. But this creative vocation must be seen in all of our covenants. Gay and lesbian unions are covenantal relationships if they conform to this Trinitarian structure. Belonging to this Word, according to the Heidelberg Catechism, is our "only comfort, in life and in death. We always live in the tension between personal freedom and social discipline, so we want to liberate ourselves from this tension and live in the light of a pure freedom that never says "no" to human possibility. This article about a Christian organization is a stub.
Like heterosexual marriage and celibate community, these relationships are "schools for sinners," in which two partners learn how to live in the paradox of freedom that is unlimited precisely because it is limited by the other.
Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement
These are not empty words! Our true point of departure is that for Paul marriage is always a way beside which he knows another and better by which the Christian, becoming one body with his wife, does not deny the truth that he is one spirit with the Lord, but in his own way maintains and expresses it just as much as he who chooses a different path. Freedom, according to Christian tradition, is not only freedom from but also freedom for. Whosoever - An online magazine for lesbian, gay and bisexual Christians. But even the Ramsey Colloquium concedes—although rather reluctantly—that "some scientific evidence suggests a genetic predisposition for homosexual orientation," although it argues that there is no moral distinction between homosexuality and a predisposition towards "alcoholism or violence. We have no time to examine the arguments of Luther and Calvin against monastic vows, but by definition there should be no Christian covenant—including baptism, marriage and ordination—in which public promises are not witnessed by the community. Conversion and sanctification Ultimately, the purpose of same-sex covenants, like the covenants of heterosexual marriage and celibate community, is conversion and sanctification.
We believe that any understanding of sexuality, including heterosexuality, that makes it chiefly an arena for the satisfaction of personal desire is harmful to individuals and society. As any Roman Catholic vocation director will tell you, to live a life of enforced celibacy when that man or woman does not clearly hear the divine calling to this covenant is almost always destructive. Do you like this page? Ultimately, the purpose of same-sex covenants, like the covenants of heterosexual marriage and celibate community, is conversion and sanctification. Max Stackhouse, Covenant and Commitments: Westminster John Knox Press, We are immediately in trouble here because most of us in this room are Protestant and we have had virtually no tradition of organized celibate community for more than years—with a few exceptions, including one Augustinian monastery in Germany that transferred its allegiance to the Lutheran Reform in and somehow survived until