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  • Local Group Cancels Easter Celebration Rather Than Pray With Gays

    Gay Church's Participation Leads to Cancellation of Citywide Easter Service  

    Organizers of a citywide Easter celebration in Stockton, California, have canceled this year's event, due to a controversy over an LGBT-affirming church's participation. 

    Earlier this year, Easter Sunrise Service organizer and Stockton Police Chaplain Jim Reid (photo, front right) invited the Rev. Terri Miller, who leads Valley Ministries church, to attend the 17th annual event.

    But Reid retracted Miller's invitation after learning that Valley Ministries is a predominantly LGBT church. In an email to Miller from his city account, Reid explained that "we are diametrically different in our view of scripture when it comes to homosexuality.”

    Reid's email led to him being placed on leave by the Stockton Police Department, then fired. The head of the Stockton Leadership Foundation, which organizes the service, re-invited Miller, and she planned to attend with her wife. 

    On Tuesday, however, the Stockton Leadership Foundation called off this year's the event, saying the Easter service's "transforming message will be overshadowed as a result of the well-publicized clergy invitations," according to Fox Channel 40

    Reid, who's still on the foundation's board, told The Stockton Record that Valley Ministries' participation would have created “a media frenzy at this year's event." 

    “I felt it would defeat the purpose of having it,” Reid said. “I didn’t think it would bring glory and honor to God. I was in favor of canceling.”

    Miller told the Record she was "very, very sad" about the decision. 

    “It’s just disheartening to me that here these folks claim to be Christians … and are squandering this opportunity because of some perceived differences instead of uniting under the banner of what this day is supposed to mean," Miller said. 

    "This is based on fear and not on grace and love," Miller told Channel 40. "It'd be great if we could have truly a citywide Easter service. Where when you use the label citywide, it should mean everybody."

    This is the second time in less than a year that an LGBT-related controversy has rocked Stockton, a city of 300,000 situated 80 miles east of San Francisco.

    Last July, Lt. Toby Will was placed on leave by the Police Department after he used his title in a letter to the editor responding the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. In the letter, Will called homosexuality "vile and sinful" and said the ruling would lead to God's destruction of America. 


    Image: Jim Reid at Stockton Leadership Foundation's 2013 Easter Sunrise Service, via Facebook

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    • commented 2016-03-10 14:54:51 -0500
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    • commented 2016-03-10 12:42:43 -0500
      Further evidence that half of the so called “christians” in America are the most vile, repugnant, hate filled, ignorant zealot filth on the planet.

    • commented 2016-03-10 08:21:57 -0500
      This doesn’t seem to be a city sponsored event, it’s an event of the “Stockton Leadership Foundation,” whatever that is. A private group can have whatever kind of “celebration” they want. Others are free to attend or not attend.

    • commented 2016-03-10 02:05:27 -0500
      Why are LGBT and Progressive individuals even INTERESTED in Christendom’s laughable twist on on the Observance of Ostara/Vernal Equinox “They were bonded in their worship of a dead man on a cross”-The Burning Times.

    • commented 2016-03-09 21:15:53 -0500
      You can’t tell me that there are not any other LGBT affirming churches in the area that wouldn’t join with this LGBT church and set up another community worship.

    • commented 2016-03-09 20:13:55 -0500
      That will show them! Twits

    • commented 2016-03-09 18:03:53 -0500
      Since when are city officials allowed to organize religious ceremonies on the public’s dime? I’m getting sick and fucking tired of all these god damn cultish nutters ignoring the constitution!

    • commented 2016-03-09 16:46:36 -0500
      now lets all hold hands and sing, “and they will know we are christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they will know we are christians by our love”.

    • commented 2016-03-09 15:40:22 -0500
      Christian Europeans slaughtered over 150 million indigenous men, women, children, and babies so they could steal their land and everything else. God was not bothered by that slaughter. Christians enslaved Africa; God did nothing. Two men raising a family together angers god and finally brings his destructive anger?

    • commented 2016-03-09 15:21:32 -0500
      This makes sense since Jesus turned his back on the ‘old law’ and said that he who was without sin, throw a stone at the gays.

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