[Highlands Church Denver is] an evangelical Christian church [sic] guided both by the Apostle's Creed and the belief that gay people can embrace their sexual orientation as God-given and seek fulfillment in committed same-sex relationships.
-- From "Evangelical church opens doors fully to gays" by Eric Gorski, Associated Press 12/19/09
. . . the 55-year-old pastor [Rev. Mark Tidd] with spiked gray hair and blue jeans launches into his weekly welcome, a poem-like litany that includes the line "queer or straight here, there's no hate here."
. . . with younger evangelicals and broader society showing greater acceptance of homosexuality, many evangelical churches can expect, at the least, a deeper exploration of the issue.
Tidd said Highlands is not a one-issue church but one committed to social justice. He describes it as "radically inclusive but still rooted in the essentials of the Gospel." The church discourages promiscuity and encourages healthy lifelong relationships.
Tidd said he supports gay marriage and would perform same-sex blessings if asked. A gay man in a committed relationship sits on the church's board of trustees.
If evangelicals can disagree about end-times theology and baptism methods and still be considered authentic Christians, [Tidd] thought, why can't the same tent hold disagreements about homosexuality?
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