Maine faith leaders: Civil Discourse on Same Sex Marriage

On September 20, 2012, Bishop Steve Lane joined representatives from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, the United Methodist Church in Maine, and the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ in a conversation about same sex marriage.  The focus of the conversation, which was hosted at the University of Southern Maine by the Maine Council of Churches and USM’s Interfaith Chaplaincy, was to model civil and respectful discourse about an issue where faith leaders disagree. Each participant first offered his or her denominations’ view of and requirements for marriage and then added how they might handle an unfolding pastoral situation. The conversation took off from there. At the end each offered insights that they had learned from one another.

 

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