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3 comments | Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Last night I had the opportunity to hear the controversial Bishop Carlton Pearson speak on what he calls "The Gospel of Inclusion" on the campus of Morehouse College. The lecture was titled "Claim It: Your Truth, Your Faith, Your Sexuality", and was sponsored by the HRC and SAFE SPACE, an LGBT club created by a group of openly gay Morehouse men.

The hour long message from Bishop Pearson gave the audience insight on the rise and fall of one of the Black church's most influential and wealthy leaders, and the new doctrine that he now preaches that has caused old friends to abandon him and new friends to embrace him.

When I first heard that he had been invited to speak at Morehouse I was in shock. HBCU's are generally conservative and rooted deep in tradition, a tradition that has a reputation for excluding and mistreating it's gay and lesbian students.

It was my first time on Morehouse's campus so I had a close friend who is on staff there give me a tour. As we walked around the yard I couldn't help but notice the large number of SGL men that I saw walking in every direction, but in the opposite direction of Bishop Pearson's lecture. I would later find out that homophobia still runs deep at Morehouse even in some gay circles, most likely resulting in the small number of students and faculty who are out on campus.

In November of 2002, a gay bashing sent shockwaves through the school when then 19 year old student Aaron Price assaulted Gregory Love, another student who he perceived to be gay in a shower stall with a baseball bat, leaving him with a fractured skull. Former Morehouse student Jason Harrell shares his experience as an openly gay man at Morehouse here .

I never attended an HBCU and for a moment walking on campus I felt like I'd missed out on a wonderful experience. But the further I walked and the more I learned of the college experience of many of my gay brothers, the less I felt like I'd missed out on a golden opportunity. The conservatory I attended on Manhattan's upper west side began to look even more like a cultural hotbed of diversity.

I always thought that Morehouse and gay men went hand in hand, you couldn't possibly have one without the other. It's obvious that LGBT folks are apart of the student body, but unfortunately because of conservatism and the hostile environment towards gays they remain closeted.

Hopefully Bishop Pearson's presence will spark the long overdue dialogue about the need for tolerance and acceptance on the campus of Morehouse and other institutions of higher learning.



<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I've heard from EVERYONE that morehouse is slowly becoming Gay Man's University along with Clark Atlanta. I don't know though. I was going to do a summer session there. Some older gay men have told me of some SCANDALOUS occurences they've experienced going there and attending parties there.


March 22, 2007 12:00 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Carlton Pearson had a promising ministry. He can sing, wanted to be a preacher all his life. He loves God and I can see it in him, and through documentaries on him from a child growing up.

Yet, it is unfortunate that the blessings of God that was bestowed upon his life has washed away. He is in error; his peers of the ministry asked him to reconsider his position on this false doctrine he has come to advocate that defies the sound doctorine of Christ.

He is no longer carrying the torch of truth, he is now defending false teachings. Because of that, his church has failed, ministry covering and covenants broken, he has dropped the true faith in God.

I do believe there is redemption for Carlton Pearson and for any other minister that has "missed the mark." Ted Haggard and all of the like can come back to God, in repentance, and be restored.

Carlton Pearson is a great person, no one denies that, but I wish he would return to the SOUND DOCTORINE as the Apostle Paul demanded of his Elders. Carlton Pearson is the ultimate example of 1 Timothy 4:1.

March 22, 2007 2:39 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I have had the pleasure of sitting and talking with Bishop Pearson on one of his many visits to the annual Fellowship Conference. Bishop believes in an inclusive gospel where everyone was saved by Christ's death on the cross. Everyone. He is a man who has a genuine love for mankind and believes God's love is greater than so many theologians believe. I support the Bishop in his willingness to stand behind what he believes God has told him. Just like I embrace everyone's right to have their own personal relationship with God.

March 23, 2007 10:45 PM


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