Opinion: ‘Welcoming, but not affirming’: Being gay and Christian August 31, 2016 With 40 per cent of same sex couples in Australia identifying as Christian, LGBT people are likely to be a significant presence in Christian churches. In an article for The Conversation, Dr Mark Jennings, a lecturer in religious studies at Murdoch University, spoke to LGBT people and the pastors of LGBT people in Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in Australia to find out more about the attitudes and experiences of church goers and leaders. He found most pastors were ‘welcoming but not affirming’ of LGBT people in their congregations, meaning LGBT people were welcome to attend but their sexuality could not be ‘affirmed’ by allowing them to volunteer or minister. This barrier is preventing LGBT Christians from moving into more senior roles in Pentecostal-Charismatic churches, where they could promote a more inclusive position, writes Dr Jennings. The injustice of this rejection is being keenly felt by both LGBT people and some of the pastors themselves, he says. To read the full article, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, School of Arts Tags: christian lgbt, christianity and sexuality, church and sexuality, lgbt church, mark jennings, pentecostal charismatic church, same sex couples church, the conversation Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!