As previously mentioned, Soulforce is making the rounds to select megachurches of the land for gay rights inclusion and acceptance in churches.
Yesterday, their trek stopped by Bishop T.D. Jakes’ church, The Potter’s House of Dallas.
According to this story from The Dallas Morning News, a 30-person contingent, consisting in part of gay couples with children, attended the 11 a.m. service at the Potter’s House, a 30,000-member congregation. After which, a meeting was set up with elders from the church and leaders of Soulforce.
Although nothing was solidified and no annunciations were made, one important thing came out of this meeting for Jay Bakker’s traveling gang of misfits – a learning curve.
THIS is how you get things done in ecumenical circles. Meeting on their turf, complying to their setting. Secure location, private conversation, hearty deliberation. With church security and instant media, the bum-rush method has never proved successful. Just try to have another ‘evening with Joel’ after that. (OK, the giggles continue. Sorry.)
[Spokespersons of both the church and the group] said the visitors and church staff found common ground on such issues as the importance of HIV testing, something Bishop Jakes has promoted as part of an extensive outreach ministry.
See there? Back to the original story, once you decipher what “tolerance” really means, common ground can be found. Now, if we can only get preachers of all denominations to intelligently discuss glossolalia, progress could really be made. Ah, good times.