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Violence from the Pulpit

  • Jul 19, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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When did it become okay to preach prejudice from the pulpit in a Christian church?  Many members of the LGBTQIA family have experienced hate and venom from pastors who claim that it’s an acceptable Christian practice to use the sermonic moment to communicate hatred.  

Originally, a pulpit was a platform that a skilled fisherman would use to throw spears into the hide of an unsuspecting whale.  During the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 the term “bully pulpit” became popular.  The president’s podium was a place that conveyed authority to the words uttered from its sacred precincts.  

Historically, the Christian church has used the pulpit as its central shrine because it was the place of proclamation of the good news.  How did this all change?  When and why did it become okay to preach hate and wield words like weapons and aim these sharp spears into the hearts and souls of the LGBTQIA community?  

On July 19th God’s Banquet Table will discuss the issue of violence from the pulpit. We look forward to seeing you there and bring a friend along.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Another excellent discussion. Respectful but lively interaction with thought provoking questions and prompts from the facilitators. Can't wait till next time.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was yet another powerful session sharing our experiences freely and from the heart. Thank you to the newcomers Johnathan and Colin for making it out to this session. Enjoyed seeing the returning members. See you all again next month!!

    1 · July 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      A wonderful and thought provoking discussion that has been running through my mind since I left. Thanks to all who contributed. Looking forward to next month.

      2 · July 19, 2014

  • Jonathan J.

    So I'm new to DC were will this event be held I would really like to attend :)

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Jonathan:We will be meeting on July 19th in downtown Silver Spring about a block from the metro at 1110 Fidler Lane 1st Floor, Silver Spring, MD 1st Floor Game Room (ask for Rick Brown).

      Come share with us and bring a friend.

      1 · July 14, 2014

    • Derrick B.

      Hello Jonathan! Welcome to the group. I look forward to seeing you Saturday. Rick Brown

      July 15, 2014

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