Tell it! Just another black church in a down-and-out urban neighborhood. But then you look to your left, at the gangly transgender woman with tattoos; or at the band, up by the stage, with a drummer who looks like singer Nona Hendryx; or at the choir director, in shiny satin, and it begins to dawn on you: radically inclusive. Not just words. I met with Yvette Flunder in her office at City of Refuge, where we talked about her background as a preacher, as the daughter of preachers, what it means to be bicultural—gay and church—and about how to reach more people with the message of inclusion. Well I think that the reason there is a struggle for the ownership of the terminology of civil rights is that this generation in particular of African Americans think of it as relating only to the Civil Rights Movement.
Now, meet junk religion courtesy of lesbian Bishop Yvette Flunder. We actually applaud Bishop Flunder for her honesty in admitting that her genre of religion is not only intellectually bankrupt which is minor but it has been gutted of any biblical truth. And in all thy getting get understanding. There is no excuse biblically for not knowing. Further, it is the mark of a hireling, not a shepherd to leave the sheep without clear guidance.
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On its website, Bishop Flunder makes a gallant attempt at de facto linguistical finesse:. Over time, the institution of the African American Church itself creates the margins of society by this mode of oppressive exclusion. Many African American churches have achieved substantial power and influence within their respective communities by virtue of marginalizing certain segments of society. Furthermore, this external marginalizing often is mirrored within the very structure of authority of churches, which typically are patriarchal and rigidly hierarchical.
Yvette A. Flunder Foundation. In , she founded the City of Refuge under the United Church of Christ , "in order to unite a gospel ministry with a social ministry". Flunder identifies as a womanist and a reconciling liberation theologian. Flunder's spouse is Shirley Miller, the cousin of Walter Hawkins; they have been committed partners since the mids.