Already, several evangelical denominational meetings have grabbed headlines this summer as they discussed critical race theory, the ordination of those who identify as gay and the Doctrine of Discovery among other things. But, the UCC, which is slated to start their meeting this Sunday, repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery years ago. It also has long since settled questions about the inclusion of its LGBTQ clergy and declared itself called to be an “anti-racist church.”
Ohio's new budget includes language offering conscience protections for health care providers and insurers. The protections will allow religious practitioners to refuse to carry out a procedure if it violates their conscience or religious convictions.
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Arlene’s Flowers, Inc. vs. Washington. In refusing to hear this case, the Court has failed to bring clarity to a situation it ultimately created and continued to pit the LGBTQ+ community against communities of faith.
Amid widespread divisions in worldviews and morality, it is important to remember that honoring, respecting and loving those with whom we disagree is so important for any meaningful communication to take place. We must remember that even those we disagree with are made in the image of God.