You don’t have to wait for anyone to approve who you are or who your children are because they (gays and lesbians) are approved. They are already fully sanctified by their Maker.
Ethel Baker, C.S.B.
Several articles and editorials have been written explaining why homosexuals cannot be admitted to membership. One of these I wrote myself, the title: “Homosexuality Can Be Healed.” All I can say in defense of myself for writing it is that it was based on information I thought was authentic, but which later was disproved by further studies. If I were to write another article on the subject now, I would probably entitle it, “We’re ALL God’s Children.”
by Carl J. Welz, C.S.B.
Keynote Address – Emergence International Conference
Houston, TX – October 11, 1986
Faith communities must stop being the bully, exerting their power and influence over their members with such harmful doctrines. The church must stop teaching that homosexuality is a sin. Causing people to feel broken and separated from God because of how God has created them has devastating effects on our youth, as well as on their parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. Faith communities must stop interfering with legislation that would allow all people to share in equal rights, benefits and protections. By not recognizing the love of our gay brothers and sisters in Christ, we tell them that their love is not valid or valued. This causes our gay youth to also think that their love and possibly even they themselves are “less than” and not equal to their straight peers. This is wrong. This message of disapproval is so very harmful. Please do not let another child hear this untruth!
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From the July 21, 1923 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Grace has been described as “the exercise of love,” that is, as the practice of love. In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (pp. 16, 17), Mrs. Eddy gives us an interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer. The sentence, “Give us this day our daily bread,” she interprets thus: “Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections,”—a clear indication that she accepted the truth that “man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.”
Our “daily bread” would, then, appear to be our understanding of Love. As we begin to see the necessity for this understanding in every circumstance of our daily life, in all our associations with our neighbors, we may sometimes think the task difficult. This is not so, however; and we shall realize the fact if we will open our consciousness to the joy which results from reflecting divine Love.
Jesus, the great exponent of the doctrine of Love in the Sermon on the Mount, gave such clear directions to guide us that we can with no truth whatever call ourselves Christians unless we love our neighbor. Indeed, the demand is imperative, so imperative that Jesus further said: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
These injunctions were obeyed by the Master himself, as, for example, when he prayed for his tormentors, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And all through the writings of the apostles we find constant exhortations to love one another. Paul realized the importance of doing this when he wrote the beautiful thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians, in which he says that without charity we are as “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal,” or in other words, merely as sound without music. We have, likewise, the epistles of John, exhorting men continually to “love one another.” After those times, for many centuries the exercise of love seems to have been to a great extent forgotten, especially the injunction, “Love your enemies;” for we hear of oppression, bloodshed, and tyranny all being enacted in the name of Christ and religion.
In the nineteenth century arose another teacher, again declaring the necessity of loving. In Science and Health (p. 113) Mrs. Eddy writes, “The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.” We are, therefore, again shown that we are without excuse if we name the name of Christ but do not exercise love. In Mrs. Eddy’s writings we are given very clear guidance to show us the way to love even our enemies. We are taught therein how to realize that man as God’s image and likeness expresses only beautiful, good, and perfect qualities. It is therefore easy to love the good; always looking for it, seeing God reflected in every good word or act. If our neighbor seems to have some unpleasant mental quality, it is not that which we have to love. That quality is not of God, but is a false sense. We none of us know how this neighbor may be struggling to overcome the fault which seems so trying to us; and we certainly shall not help him by magnifying error in our thought. Our only way is to strive to realize that man reflects God.
Mrs. Eddy has a very fine article, “Love Your Enemies,” in “Miscellaneous Writings.” On page 8 she says, “Simply count your enemy to be that which defiles, defaces, and dethrones the Christ-image that you should reflect.” Mankind, unfortunately, looks with indifference upon certain people, feeling that to be enough; but love is an active quality, which can be and should be utilized in our lives. God is Love; and we reflect divine Love in every kind thought and act. It is this quality which is so much needed in the world to-day. The exercise of love by every Christian Scientist is an active power for good in all the affairs of life. It is at work now; but much more is needed to bring the light of Love to a troubled world. We need to be more active, and let love shine through us always.
If those who find the exercise of love a difficult task would often study the Sermon on the Mount, the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians, and “Love Your Enemies,” the self-will which would keep them from loving would disappear, and they would begin to see the prophecy of Isaiah fulfilled: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”