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Des Moines Register (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Des Moines, Iowa A Kim s is h May 1977 christians who Are Gay find places to worship by William Simbro it mtr Rrt town at 7 a group of 70 or so rather conservative and evangelical protestant christians will gather in rented space at pcs Moines first unitarian Church for their regular weekly worship at the same a Small group of catholics will gather to celebrate mass at the stately Ambrose one thing distinguishes these two groups from other worshipping com they Are composed of Homo sex the protestant group is formally organized As a one of 120 congregations the first in Iowa of the metropolitan Community Church founded in California several years ago to provide for the religious needs of the local group has a full time pastor and a parsonage and Hopes soon to have its own Church the Catholic group Hopes to be formally chartered june 1 As Iowa first chapter of a National Catholic Lay group of need own groups in persons from both groups said Gays need their own Wor shiping groups because organized religion tends to reject them As worthy children of churches tend to be very family oriented and Gays have particular needs and the Alice who freely acknowledges she is a has been pastor of the 73member metropolitan Community Church since she had been pastor of a similar Church in Salt Lake before Alice Jones she said that theologically she is considered a conservative and that except for the ant Gay feeling she could be perfectly Happy in the Southern Baptist Church she grew up her Home Church in Oklahoma was also the Home Church of Anita who has become the National Symbol for uncompromising opposition to Gay a vivid Church memory from 15 years ago symbolizes to Jones the need for a Church for Gay the pastor preached a stirring Sermon on the biblical theme that whosoever believes in Jesus Christ will be in a Sharp departure from he didst Issue a Call at sermons end for converts to step Forward to unite with the there was a Black couple in Church that you he was preaching whosoever but he didst really believe he Felt and that where we Are the churches Are going to have to Deal with that said she said with her deep Christian convictions and a commitment to Christian service she had she was increasingly unhappy in a Baptist group which rejected her right to her sexual she attended her first Mcc service in los i knew i had found a its been upward All the Way since then and i Praise the lord for Jones recognizes there Are biblical passages condemning she thinks Many of them can be explained by the cultural context of the for the need to multiply and be fruitful in Early old testament but she sees the overarching message of the Bible As one of gods love for All and the invitation to experience the love of Christ and share it with and there is no doubt in her mind that this is for All Christ died for she i believe that As much As any minister of any Church Here or any member of any Jones said those attending her Church Are about equally divided Between men and the 15 or so attending the dignity group so far have All been both groups invite persons who Are not homosexual to worship with miamis Gay Law Battle still rages a Anita Bryant j was Busy making Orange juice com and miamis homosexual rights activists we rent very then a Law was passed prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals As one proponent of the Law put All hell broke All that was four months but the juror has yet to on june the Law will be the subject of a special countywide referendum ordered after opponents of the ordinance gathered thousands of Sig both sides Are determined to in the past week alone some people jammed the Miami Beach convention Center to hear Bryant condemn the Law at a prayer at the same across some 200 persons sipped Champagne at one of the cites most fashionable restaurants at a pro homosexual ordinance fundraiser in Bryant dedicated a new fruit about 450 homosexual rights support ers picketed two Massachusetts legislators called a news conference to criticize Bryants save our children actress Jane Fonda joined the fray in san accusing Bryant of fanning the flames of in a suit filed by save our a judge ruled Friday that he lacks authority to Force two Miami television stations and 12 radio stations to accept advertising from Bryants two homosexual rights organizations in Miami announced they had raised for a Media Advertis ing Blitz and save our children reported in with More rolling the which Drew scant attention when first brought up by the county has become National in the controversy promises to get hotter this with the june 7 election Only Days the referendum was required when save our children raised More than signatures on that forced the commission to either repeal the Law or put it on the it voted for the with six of the nine commissioners endorsing the the Issue has produced some humor As Well As Homo Bryant recently must surely be against if this were not then god 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need to confess if i had treated someone As an if i had exploited another if i had been said the Young Man who said he int quite ready to be identified by relationships based on love and respect for human dignity Are seen As More Basic and More Christian than lists of Dos and fonts in the dignity he explained that dignity is trying to help the Catholic Church move in the direction of fully accepting Gays As christians while providing a religious Community for while Gays complain of feeling in local Church leaders these Days Are wrestling with the question of How to minister to they tend to come up with statements saying in we accept them As persons some persons find themselves through no fault of their own to have a homosexual said the National conference of Catholic Bishops in a 1976 pastoral like everyone should not suffer from prejudice against their Basic human the statement they have a right to Friendship and they should have an Active role in the Christian homosexual As distinguished from homosexual Orien is morally the statement goes on to compare homosexual activity with adulterous acts Between heterosexuals As both being a National committee of the american lutheran Church recently sent to the churches a study document that reaches a similar it says that homosexuals need to be recognized As participating and contributing members of the Community and should be accepted in Christian but homosexual behaviour is seen As sin and should not be sanctioned by the members of Mcc churches and dignity groups refuse to accept this idea and insist on their right to be recognized As just As fully Christian As a Des priest who has been acting in an unofficial capacity As chaplain to the Des Moines dignity group said he Felt responsible to uphold the official teachings of the Church hut Hopes to see them he asked that his name not be i would like to see homosexuals experience and feel a sense of Equality and claim their rightful place in the Christian said the i would like to see the moral theologians of the Church come to recognize the goodness of homosexual love As a Symbol of gods love working among All both the priest and Jones noted an attitude among Many homosexuals that Gays dont need they both see this As a defense mechanism of persons who feel rejected by the Church and so rationalize that they dont have religious Jones said much of her time is spent in with guilt being a great problem homosexuals need to work she attributes the sense of guilt and Lack of a sense of self Worth to the burdens society lays on they May come in and say it is because their Lover has just left or something like but As you work through the 90 per cent of the time it is a feeling of she said sometimes a Cou Sclee is concerned because of participating in a homosexual act and thinking this Means he is a homosexual when he Doest want to other a person thinks he May be a homosexual but Hast engaged in such an she made Clear that she int out to convert anyone to Only to she said she tells such a person that the Gay life is e difficult she sees her ministry As spreading the message of the love of 1 try to present the love of god As the stabilizing Force in he taught us How to love and How to respect ourselves and we need to get this message across to our own Brothers and Sisters in the Gay Community and then to general we must be Able to Bridge the Gap through the love of Jones sees herself As an she Hopes that 15 years from now present Church attitudes toward Gays will seem As strange As that Baptist preachers fear 15 years ago to Issue the usual Call when two Blacks were in she is deeply concerned about the level of bitterness symbolized by a bumper sticker she kill a queer for it while few would be that she thinks it reflects the Dee Down animosity of a great Many she would like to help erase that at the same time that she is trying to preach and live the Christian gospel with the Gays of Des unique Money making Opportunity for your 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