Steven F. Kindle conducts seminars in Bible and
homosexuality issues and is convinced that a proper reading
of scripture only enhances the position of gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender people (GLBT) in the sight of God.
"It is not
enough to say that God loves homosexuals. What is demanded
from scripture is to say that God's love of homosexuals is
affirming, nurturing, and that God's heart breaks when God's
GLBT children are the victims of evil perpetrated in the
name of God."
educated in a Fundamentalist college, which was decidedly
homophobic, and fell under its influence for several years.
As his theology began to be influenced more by grace than
legalism, and after getting to know GLBT people, he realized
that being faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ meant
being open and affirming of all of God's humanity.
helped work on ways to diminish the AIDS epidemic, was a
co-officiate in a holy union ceremony in Sacramento that
placed some 90 clergy under charges of violating
denominational law, has performed several gay marriages, and
has served as pastor of two Open and Affirming
congregations. He is currently the executive director of
Clergy United for the Equality of Homosexuals, a consulting
group to assist clergy and congregations in understanding
homosexual issues in light of the gospel.
North Dakota in 1943, Reverend Kindle was ordained in 1967
and has standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) and the United Church of Christ. He is married and
lives with his wife near San Jose, California.
N. Powell, MD is a Pediatrician, International Health
Specialist and Clinical Professor of Family Practice and
Community Health (retired), John A. Burns School of
Medicine, University of Hawaii. Rodney is a gay, African
American, age 67, who has lived in Hawaii since 1976 with
his partner of 25 years, C. Robert Eddinger, PhD.
medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville,
Tennessee during the years 1957-61, as a student protest
leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement, Rodney
had the privilege and honor to learn and apply the
philosophy and strategies of love and nonviolence under the
guidance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other dedicated
ministers of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The student protest experiences and the inspired leadership
of Dr. King convinced Rodney that the redemptive power of
love and nonviolence is the best way to overcome and
transform the homophobic oppression and persecution of the
GLBT community by conservative Christianity and other
religions across the nation.
believes that, in order to achieve equality and justice, we
must do more than challenge the existing status quo, case by
case, lawsuit by lawsuit. He believes that the GLBT
community and our supportive allies must confront the
conscience of all people of good will. Rodney believes that
relentless nonviolent resistance to the terror and evil of
homophobia will help people of good will to reject the
intolerance of biblical homophobia advocated by conservative
religious institutions and to support the issues of civil
rights and justice that should be administered equally for
all citizens by our local, state, and federal government.
emphasizes that, among the many important lessons learned
from the African American Civil Rights Movement, the most
important ones for the Gay Liberation Movement are Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unshakeable commitment and
confidence in the power of love and nonviolent resistance to
overcome oppression and his belief and confidence that all
American people of good will would rise to the challenge of
fairness and justice.
believes those lessons learned must be embraced by the GLBT
community and that they are the basis for transforming the
homophobic bigotry and injustices that exist today
Co-founder and Co-chairperson of the Civil Unions - Civil
Rights Movement in Hawaii and is an active member of