Love is love: new-age Christians debate gay marriage
A GROUP of progressive Christians will explore the benefits of marriage equality at a seminar led by a gay female reverend.
Marriage equality advocate and renowned speaker Reverend Dr Margaret Mayman will explore the often shunned topic in religious realms at the event tonight at the Caloundra Uniting Church.
Run by the Caloundra Uniting Church Explorers Group, the seminar is open to the church congregation and the public.
The group of about 40 forward-thinking churchgoers is focused on looking at 21st-century issues through the eyes of the Christian faith.
Explorers, as they are coined, get together regularly to hold seminars for a wider audience to discuss and debate contemporary theology and emerging biblical scholarship.
Do you believe all Christians are pigeon-holed as being against gay marriage?
This poll ended on 22 May 2015.
Yes, it's unfair to be boxed as a group as people can have their own views
No, it's a fair call which I believe is true
I'm unsure what they believe, I don't know enough about their faith
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Explorers Group member John Everall said the upcoming marriage equality seminar would be a hotly debated but necessary topic for discussion.
He expected some of the traditional Christians to attend to ensure their view was heard as well.
"Two-thirds of our congregation are traditional, but about 40 have an interest in progressive Christianity, which in a sense throws out the 'baggage' we've collected over the centuries and gets back to what Christianity is all about," Mr Everall said.
"That's love, respect, a strong commitment to social justice and ecology.
"Progressive Christians don't necessarily think Christianity is the best or only religion in the world and we are comfortable with interface dialogue and have concerns about personal intellectual integrity.
"It's about recognising the 21st-century world we live in."
Mr Everall said the bible was often used as a guise for those who will not accept the possibility of marriage equality.
"The argument that marriage is only for a man and a woman is used poorly and too often," Mr Everall said.
"The bible regarded as a very important part of or heritage and something to go back to for guidance, but to be read in modern era it must be remembered it was written with specific people in specific cultures at a specific time where things were very different.
"I understand the relationship of two people is very special and sometimes I think that the church should not get involved in someone's love."
The marriage equality seminar will be held from 7pm tonight at the Caloundra Uniting Church, Queen St. Entry costs $15.