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Cast of Transparent releases pro-transgender Public Service Announcement

Amazon’s hit web TV dramedy, Transparent, is about a senior aged father who transitions from presenting as male to presenting as female. He then comes out to his adult children. The cast and creators have released a PSA about Gavin Grimm, the transgender boy who is suing his local school district for not allowing him to use the boys’ restroom.

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Statements released regarding the withdrawal of Philip North from nomination as bishop ordinary to the See of Sheffield

Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of literal and virtual ink dedicated to the announcement of the nomination of the Rt Revd Phillip North to be the bishop ordinary of the Diocese of Sheffield in the Church of England. The conversation began with an article by senior theologian Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. He pointed out North’s membership in a Church of England subgroup, the Society, which issues cards to its members allowing the male priests to show/prove that they have been ordained by a male bishop.

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US Supreme Court vacates 4th Circuit Court’s ruling in favor of transgender teen

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm, the 17-year-old female-to-male transgender teen who took on his local school district when they refused to allow him to use the boys’ restrooms and locker facilities at his high school. The 4th Circuit ruled in Gavin’s favor based on the Title IX guidelines issued by the Obama Administration. Monday, the US Supreme Court has vacated the earlier decision in GG vs Gloucester County School District and returned the case to the 4th Circuit Court for reconsideration.

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Anti-gay groups are reprimanded by the Clerk of the US Supreme Court

Not only did the groups raise the ire of the US Supreme Court, but they gave away their false position at the same time. In the case of GG vs Glouchester County School Board, the landmark trans student case currently before the US Supreme Court, counsel for the National Organization for Marriage, the Liberty Counsel and the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence received brief letters from Scott S. Harris, the Clerk of the Court.

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Historic DC Baptist Church calls married couple as co-pastors

Calvary Baptist Church is located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington DC. The Calvary Baptist Church website announces that the congregation currently holds membership in a number of Baptist affinity groups. Last Sunday, the concluding Sunday for Black History Month, the congregation welcomed a married couple as its new Senior Co-pastors, the Revds Maria Swearingen & Sally Sarratt.

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Many main stream denomination congregations are losing members as the result of many contributing factors. Congregations close weekly and there is no further witness from that congregation felt in the community. But some congregations have sought ways to extend the life of a congregation and its effects on and contributions to its community. Sometimes nearby congregations from the same denomination choose to merge and sometimes congregations of different denominations merge.

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