Outreach Inc., a for-profit church marketing firm moving to Colorado Springs from San Diego, isn’t even here yet and already it has generated local controversy.
Four Springs pastors criticize Outreach for its Statement of Beliefs posted on its website. Churches must take care to uphold the Word of God, it says, and not engage in moral compromise or affirm any sin such as sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, stealing , greed, drunkenness, slander , murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossip, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, and so on.
Signing the letter are local pastors Roger Butts of Unitarian Universalist High Plains Church, Wes Mullins of Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church, Nori Rost of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church and Benjamin Broadbent of First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Here are letter excerpts:
“We lament the political and religious rhetoric that Outreach uses, especially when it comes to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons. Outreach equates ‘homosexual behavior’ with drunkenness, witchcraft, adultery, and murder.”
“We don not need one more group that adds to the environment of hostility towards gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals that is rampant in this country. In the wake of several gay teen suicides that caught the media’s attention in the last six months, we are now all more aware of what is at stake when groups promote anti-gay rhetoric and sentiment.”