Joy MCC’s Would Jesus Discriminate? Campaign is Getting Attention!
The authors of some recent email sent to Joy MCC’s Rev. John Middleton may not have understood that we’d see it this way; we are crystal clear that the message and efforts of Joy MCC’s Would Jesus Discriminate? campaign are definitely being noticed!
Joy MCC’s entry in Central Florida’s “Come Out With Pride” parade and celebration held on Sunday, 12 October centered on the question and message of the 21st century question – Would Jesus Discriminate? along with the theme for this year’s pride event was Hooray for Hollywood and our entry was reminiscent of My Best Friend’s Wedding. Each of our three floats bore a Would Jesus Discriminate? banner, and depicted scenes from the movie with an LGBT flair. In addition, 100 or so participants in Joy’s contingent wore WJD? t-shirts — not to mention the many more worn by many Joysters along the parade route. The local media has indicated that there were 45,000 people in attendance at this year’s event who have now come into contact question of this generation! At this point, we can say that this campaign has seen the participation of many people in our congregation and surrounding community from our aging population to our children and youth. The question; “Would Jesus Discriminate?” has been the focus in sermons, social settings and community gatherings and press conferences. It has even graced the walls of our sanctuary in the days leading up to the parade and general elections. See pictures from the parade here.
WJD? Receives Headlines in Lagos!
Homosexuals Begin Convention In Lagos Today
By Yinka Sokunbi Assistant Editor
Hundreds of homosexuals from across West Africa and Europe are expected to gather in Lagos today for a two-day celebration commemorating the second anniversary of the House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church.
Besides, the homosexuals have floated a university, where prospective students are expected to undergo some “industrial attachment.”
Reverend Roland Macaulay, a trained lawyer and theologian on September 2, 2006, founded House of Rainbow Metropolitan Community Church.
It is an offshoot of the Universal Fellowship of the Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), which was established in the 1960s for homosexuals around the world.
Read the full posting here.
Town Hall: Greater Minnesota, October 2008
HRC Religion and Faith News Announces:
On Oct. 6th, Oct. 7th and Oct. 9th the Religion and Faith Program will take our Faith and Fairness town halls on the road throughout the greater Minnesota region. We will be respectively in Rochester, Fargo, ND /Moorhead, and Brainerd.
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, Religion Council member and Executive Director for Metropolitan Community Churches Worldwide, will offer the keynote address; Harry Knox, Director of the Religion and Faith Program, will moderate all three events and a powerful group of local religious leaders will also speak from their diverse faith perspectives. These events are designed to help people of faith find strength and tools for LGBT advocacy from out of their faith tradition.
We will have more information available on our website soon. If you have immediate questions please contact Sharon Groves at Sharon.Groves@hrc.org or at (202) 772-3898.
cSPAN’s BookTV Covers WJD?
Book TV - 2008 Book Expo America interviews Rev. Dr. Cindi Love, author of Would Jesus Discriminate? The 21st Century Question
Read BookTV’s coverage and watch the interview online!
WJD?’s Marketing Campaign Gets Online Nods
Sales and Marketing Manger “dot com” nods in the direction of the “Would Jesus Discriminate?” Campaign Program!
After picking up WJD?’s YouTUBE video feature, http://salesandmarketingmanager.com/would-jesus-discriminate-the-21st-century-question, offers a glowing review of the campaign! Follow-up independent commentators offer their two cents as well!
Check it out today!
International Herald Tribune Includes “Would Jesus Discriminate” in Pope Coverage
International Herald Tribune Includes “Would Jesus Discriminate?” in Pope News Story
The July 19th edition of the International Herald Tribune (the global edition of the New York Times) included a reference to “Would Jesus Discriminate?”
More than 500 LGBT activists have been publicly protesting policies of the Roman Catholic Church during the Pope’s visit to Sydney, Australia. The International Herald Tribune carried the Associated Press story on both the Pope’s visit and the LGBT actions, noting among the protests the presence of signs asking MCC’s question, “Would Jesus Discriminiate?”
It’s one of the few LGBT news stories in more recent years that brings to mind to mind the activism and civil disobedience of Act-Up during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
The International Herald Tribune is the premier international newspaper for opinion leaders, corporate executives, and governmental heads. It has a circulation of 242,000 (remember, circulation is the total number of copies of a newspaper that are distributed; actual readership may be 1.5 to 4 times higher, in many homes and offices several different people will read a single copy of the paper).
The International Herald Tribune is offered for sale at newsstands in 185 countries around the world.
WJD? Captures Australia’s Attention!
MCC’s “Would Jesus Discriminate?” Campaign Captures Australia’s Attention!
Sydney, Australia hosts what is billed as the world’s largest gay pride parade, this past weekend’s Lesbian & Gay Mardi Gras, with more than 10,000 parade participants and hundreds of thousands of onlookers.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney’s “newspaper of record” with more than 1.2 million weekend readers, reported on the event in an article on Sunday, March 2, 2008, noting in the third and fourth paragraphs of the news article:
“This year there was a strong religious focus, with several of the 150 floats drawing attention to the rejection of gays and lesbians by churches. A multidenominational group of ministers and pastors marched as a group called 100 Revs, while parishioners dressed as angels bore signs reading: “Would Jesus Discriminate?”
Hundreds of thousands of parade-goers read the signs asking, “Would Jesus Discriminate?” — and the story was carried in the Sydney Morning Herald’s “National” section, where it could be read by the paper’s 1.2 million weekend readers.
In addition to the news story, the paper selected 23 represenative images of this year’s Sydney Pride event and posted them on the newspaper’s website — one of the 23 photos shows parading angels holding signs asking, “Would Jesus Discriminate?” (To view the photo visit http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/2008/03/01/1204227053034.html the “Would Jesus Discriminate?” photo is #12.
WJD? Cause for Discussion on Church Marketing Site
The Would Jesus Discriminate?
inaugural campaign, launched at Jesus MCC this May (2006) has attracted much media and community attention in Indianapolis and surrounding communities. However, the online community at “Church Marketing Sucks” has also picked up our marketing we’re causing a buzz!
Read the feature at ChurchMarketingSucks.com Here!
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