Monday, July 16, 2007

Gay Episcopalian Advocate Sharpens Focus of Outreach Ministry, Teaches Inclusive Orthodoxy


Contact: Justin R. Cannon

Berkeley, CA – For over two years Justin R. Cannon has run an online outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Christians through Cannon’s ministry emerged from the publication of his booklet The Bible, Christianity, and Homosexuality, described by the Los Angeles Times as "an illuminating…analysis that argues the Bible doesn't condemn faithful gay relationships." (Michael McGough, July 18, 2005). In 2006 he was honored among OUT Magazine’s top 100 lgbt achievers of the year for his work, including the establishment of the internet’s first gay Christian dating and matchmaking site,, which boasts over 2400 registered members. This month, however, Cannon’s has radically changed both the look and focus of his outreach ministry.

His outreach ministry has been renamed "Inclusive Orthodoxy" and can now be accessed via His website explains, "Inclusive Orthodoxy is the belief that the Church can and must be inclusive of lgbt individuals without sacrificing the Gospel and the Apostolic teachings of the Christian faith." His website decries individuals like lgbt advocate and retired Episcopalian bishop John Shelby Spong who denies the reality of Jesus’ resurrection and The Center for Progressive Christianity which recently celebrated "Pluralism Sunday." Cannon asserts, "The Church needs to embrace lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals not despite scripture and tradition, but in light of it."

Cannon explains, "It seems that the more inclusive an organization or denomination becomes, the further it strays from the Apostolic faith and core orthodox Christian teaching. We believe that the Church can be inclusive of lgbt individuals without sacrificing the Gospel and the Apostolic teachings."

On his website visitors can download his Bible study for free, listen to a couple sermons he has given about his own personal journey, read about Inclusive Orthodoxy, and even find a church in your area that is affirming of lgbt Christians. He is currently attending seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California (USA) as he pursues priesthood within the Episcopal Church.


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