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Phoenix Declaration 2012

A New Declaration for a New Decade

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Some testimonials we've received

Dear Bishop...

Here are two of our documents in Spanish:

June 2003 Direct Action in Phoenix
Press Conference and Vigils with SoulForce, Gay Southern Baptists, PFLAG, and NoLongerSilent at SBC Annual Meeting
Remarks of Rev. Scott Ritchey at the press conference

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some examples from our Links page...
NLS in the "News" -
Generations of Peacemakers: Remembering the Work of No Longer Silent
   (Koinonikos - Dayspring UMC, Tempe, AZ)
A Voice to be Heard
   (HRC Blog - September 17, 2012)
Liberal Clergy Group Protests Manhattan Declaration
   (KSAZ TV - Fox 10 - October 16th, 2010)
Clergy, gay-rights supporters join forces to protest
   (KTAR Radio - October 16th, 2010)
Phoenix clergy protest Catholics stance on gays
   (The Arizona Republic - October 16th, 2010)
Liberal clergy plan gay-rights protest in Phoenix
   (The Arizona Republic - October 15th, 2010)
Catholics host 'Manhattan Declaration' seminar, but 'No Longer Silent' protests Saturday
   (East Valley Tribune - October 11th, 2010)
Father Carpenter excommunicated by Bishop Olmsted
   (East Valley Tribune - May 5th, 2009)
"Bishops wrong on same-sex marriage"
   (AZ Republic Column - March 6th, 2006)
David Felten's "Clergy Corner"
   (East Valley Tribune - Jan. 31st, 2004)
Article about Peggy Campolo
Article in the East Valley/Scottsdale Tribune
Editorial in the East Valley/Scottsdale Tribune
"We Will Not Be Silent" Resolution Affirmed at 2001 DSW UMC Conference

Dec. 2001 NLS Letter to the Editor

Open Letter to James Dobson

Feb. 2003 Article by Bishop John Shelby Spong

"Homosexual Marriage" Article by Tex Sample

From our photo gallery:

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Arizona Propsition 107 (November, 2006) - Rejected by the voters, 51.2% to 48.2%, making Arizona the first US State to vote down a state marriage amendment!

November 2006 - 34 faith leaders, representing six denominations from throughout AZ, stand together to say Proposition 107 will needlessly hurt families of all kinds:

Bishop Carcaño was one of several speakers to publicly oppose Proposition 107 during a press conference at the UM Center in Phoenix.

Jimmy Creech speaks to No Longer Silent Clergy at a meeting. The former United Methodist Pastor, defrocked for performing a same-sex union, was in Arizona to preach at the 2nd annual NLS-sponsored Pride Parade worship service.
  "The war for GLBT rights is over just as in WW2 when the troops landed at Normandy we knew the war would be won. There of course were, and will be, many battles and casualties, but ultimately this war is won. We are talking about it in the open now."  
  Bishop John Shelby Spong
(to the East Ohio Reconciling Ministries Network and MFSA, Spring 2000)
  "Is organized religion too inextricably bound to the status quo to save our nation and the world? Maybe I must turn my faith to the inner spiritual Church, the church within the Church, as the true ecclesia and the hope of the world. But again I am thankful to God that some noble souls from the ranks of organized religion have broken loose from the paralyzing chains of conformity and joined us as active partners in the struggle for freedom. They have left their secure congregations and walked the streets of Albany, Georgia, with us. They have gone through the highways of the South on torturous rides for freedom. Yes, they have gone to jail with us. Some have been kicked out of their churches and lost the support of their bishops and fellow ministers. But they have gone with the faith that right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. These men have been the leaven in the lump of the race. Their witness has been the spiritual salt that has preserved the true meaning of the Gospel in these troubled times. They have carved a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment."  
  From Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," dated April 16, 1963
  "When they came for the communists, I was silent, because I was not a communist;
When they came for the socialists, I was silent, because I was not a socialist;
When they came for the trade unionists, I did not protest, because I was not a trade unionist;
When they came for the Jews, I did not protest, because I was not a Jew;
When they came for me, there was no one left to protest on my behalf."
  Martin Niemoeller (1892-1984)

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