The Inner Room

The silence of the church

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right, overruling state-level decisions on the matter. In Canada, same-sex marriage has been legal since 2005. That's not what I want to write about though. What I'm concerned with is the response of the church. Which has been, in many churches...silence. At least, in the churches I'm familiar with. It's probable there are churches out there who responded in a measured, thought-out way. But from my perspective, many churches have opted for saying nothing.

How the church can love and honour singles

There are a lot of Christian singles in our churches today. Increasingly, these are older, never-married Christian women in their 30s, 40s, or beyond. Statistics bear this out. The gender imbalance between men and women is great: in the US, church attendance is on average 61% female, 39% male; in the UK, acccording to a 2007 survey, 65% female, 35% male.