CLGS: Boswell Lecture with Virginia Burrus

February 9, 2010
Bernard Schlager

Dr. Virginia Burrus, professor of early Christianity at Drew University Theological School, delivered the second annual John E. Boswell Lecture, entitled "What's Queer about Christian Couples? Engaging Augustine's Theology of Marriage" in the Badè museum on April 29. The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry co-sponsored the event with the GTU Women and Religion program.

A Gay, Male, Christian, Sexual Ethic

June 29, 2009
Dale B. Martin

Dale B. Martin, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, delivered the inaugural John E. Boswell Lecture on the campus of Pacific School of Religion, April 30, 2008. The text of ...

Marriage & Family Bibliography

June 2, 2009
Jay Emerson Johnson

A wide range of books and other resources on marriage and family, both scholarly and for
general audiences, have been produced over the last ten years. The following is a short list

Ruling on same-sex civil marriage a positive step for human rights

February 20, 2008
National Catholic Reporter

Editorial from the National Catholic Reporter, February 20, 2004

Is Marriage a "Must" or a "Bust"?

June 1, 2007
Marvin M. Ellison

A transcript of the plenary address on marriage and the social justice agenda given by Marvin M. Ellison, Professor of Christian Ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary, during the OutFront Phoenix conference in June, 2007.

Articles of Faith: Biblical Values for American Families

May 1, 2007
Jay Johnson

May 17 marks the first anniversary of Massachusetts offering equal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. For those of us who believe in those rights, and the more than 5,000 same-sex couples that have been married, it is a moment for reflection and celebration. Our joy, however, is mixed with a sense of loss, because 14 states have since passed measures banning legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

Better to Marry?

June 1, 2006
Mary E. Hunt

Del Martin, 82, and Phyllis Lyon, 79, married in San Francisco's City Hall on February 12, 2004. They became the first same-sex couple in the United States to have their marriage recognized legally by a government agency. They may also be the first to be divorced if the courageous decision by Mayor Gavin Newsom to grant marriage licenses to two partners of any gender constellation, rather than to a man and a woman, is overturned by the courts.

Reflections of Priest in Brigadoon: Getting Married in San Francisco

January 1, 2006
Rosa Lee Harden

The Rev. Rosa Lee Harden found herself quite unexpectedly caught up on the recent marriage license frenzy in San Francisco. Here are her reflections on the usual frustrations and the unexpected joys of being an agent of the state when it comes to weddings.

If you think that there is strict separation between church and state in this country we live in, you might want to check in with a clergy person who functions in a congregation composed mostly of gay folks and their straight friends.

What Makes a Marriage Sacred? Reflections of a Pastor

January 1, 2006
Terri Echelbarger

On this President's Day I find myself in deep reflection, laughing, crying, cleaning the house as I often do when there is so much to feel. As you can imagine it has been a week to remember here in San Francisco.

Marriage Equality and the General Synod of the United Church of Christ

June 28, 2005
John H. Thomas

General Minister and President, United Church of Christ

At a time when high stakes decisions before the church set us on edge with one another and threaten to unnerve us, a beloved hymn of the German Reformed tradition calls us back to the center