@JoschKjK talks about a remarkable service that took place in Germany on Human rights day, probably paving the way for more exceptance in the Christian Church for gender and sexual diversity.
On Saturday 10th December it was International Human Rights Day, which we remember the ideals stated in the 1948 UN Declaration, Article 1:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Of course, this includes LGBTQI+ human beings and any other human for that matter, regardless of their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, belief, expression, or any other human element.
However, we are now used to hearing some religious speeches and facts which do not agree with the Human Rights Declaration: some of them even Christian.
Since the new millennium, LGBTQI rights have been recognised more and more,including constitutional States where religion and law are separate entities. Today more than 23 countries have legalised Same-Sex Marriage, which is also a Human Right, according to Article 16:
Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.
In the spirit of the Human Rights International Day, a Christian service was given in the evangelic church of the city Halle an der Saale in Germany, led by the priestess Carola Ritter and her team, part of the Middle-Germany Evangelic Women and Germany Evangelic Church: Hier ist nicht Mann noch Frau meaning: here is one neither male nor female.
Service included some chants with organ and guitar, and a retrospection opened by speaking about Human Rights International Day celebration and equal treatment no matter people’s sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, given that even in today’s climate there is discrimination and life threatening situations for LGBTQI people all over the world.
Even in the city of Halle itself there has been an attack against the Gay and Lesbian Meetings Centre. Four Paschal candles were enkindled in memory of the victims in Orlando (USA), Uganda, Turkey, Halle and around the world. Victims of anti lgbtqia hatred and prejudices.
Central lecture (Galatians 3:26-28) was the argument on which the priestess is based, to support equality of LGBTQI people from a Christian perspective:
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
And their exegesis went about Christian duties of acceptance and respect of all the people, no matter of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity; as well as acceptance of all the given forms of love: this was really amazing, because it links directly with our #LoveIsLove idea. Also the litany of intercession has included pleadings in favour of LGBTQI people and the Christian Community in the sense of becoming wiser every time, since no one is supposed to judge anyone, according to Jesus word.
Finally, the vicaress has also referred to Ellen De Generes receiving the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom on November to commemorate the work she has done regarding the LGBTI rights throughout her career.
This singular service is a very huge gesture by the German Christian Church, where Lutheran Reform began, since in many countries, Germany itself for example, Christian political parties still reject or block any legislation activities in parliaments which intend to recognise the human right of marriage for LGBTI people.