Emergent Church Leader Performs Same-Sex Ceremony
(Christianity Today) Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian and a prominent Christian speaker, led a non-traditional marriage commitment ceremony this weekend, according to The New York Times.
Held at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this ceremony included “traditional Christian elements,” but no bride. And the groom—one of them—was McLaren’s son, Trevor McLaren. The Times reports that Trevor McLaren wed Owen Ryan Saturday in Washington, D.C., followed by the afternoon commitment ceremony.
Brian McLaren, who formerly was chair of the board for Sojourners, is among a minority of evangelical progressives who advocate that the church should abandon heterosexism and move toward reconciliation with homosexuals.
This really shouldn’t surprise hardly anyone, despite McLaren’s continuing popularity with many in the mega-church and emergent movements. It’s all fun and games when one publishes books with subtitles like Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed- yet hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian. But then of course once in a while it turns out that that sort of thing (“A Generous Orthodoxy”?) essentially is smoke and mirrors masking a dedication to something other than the rather robust doctrinal and moral sensibilities associated with the communities most of those words generally signify.
His speaking schedule lately has apparently been fairly limited to “emergent” and mainline churches, but no doubt he’s still selling books. One hopes that less wind-blown Evangelicals will just get on with classifying McLaren’s work as yet another permutation of liberal mainline theology.