The Metropolitan Community Church – Quezon City (MCC-QC), in partnership with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), will be hosting a forum on homosexuality and the bible on November 26, 2:00 PM at the NCCP Compound, 879 EDSA, West Triangle Quezon City.
Dr. K. Renato Lings, a Danish translator and theologian specializing in gender and sexuality, will share highlights of his book “Love Lost in Translation,” which provides a systematical examination of the biblical stories and passages that are generally assumed to deal with, or comment on, same sex relationships. These include: Noah and Ham, Sodom and Gomorrah, Leviticus 18:22, Deuteronomy 23:17-18, Judges 19, Romans 1:26-27, and 1 Corinthians 6:9.
“Faith continues to be an important and integral part of many LGBTs, especially here in our country, the Philippines. Despite officially being condemned and rejected by majority of churches, both Catholic and Protestant, LGBTs continue to practice their faith in the shadows of anonymity,” said Pastor Joseph Tiu of MCC-QC.
Tiu added that “the bible as a cornerstone of the Christian faith needs continues study and discussions for us to discover its timeless truths and wisdom that actually celebrates and welcomes LGBTs rather than condemning them. We need to continue the discussions tirelessly, in order to bring positive awareness to both the LGBT community and to the larger Philippine society.”
MCC- QC believes that scholarly and progressive discussions regarding the bible and theology help the LGBT persons to reclaim their spirituality and sexuality.
“Such progressive discussions of the bible also helps LGBT people of faith to form their own communities of Churches like MCC in order to worship, pray, minister and serve one another and the larger society. For others it empowers them to reclaim and demand their space in their home-churches where they came from; doing so, they challenge their churches regarding inclusion and equality,” Pastor Tiu ended.
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