One of America’s most influential evangelicals, Brian McLaren talks about his shifting views on homosexuality, including presiding at his gay son’s marriage commitment ceremony.
Named one of TIME Magazine‘s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in 2005, Brian McLaren has been a personal and theological journey that has made him a lightening rod of the evangelical movement, especially regarding politics (he supported Obama) and “social issues” such as LGBT equality.
In 2006, McLaren famously suggested in Christianity Today, the news outlet of the evangelical movement, that, “Perhaps we need a five-year moritorium on making pronouncements [about homosexaulity]. … Being ‘right’ isn’t enough. We also need to be wise. And loving. And patient.” The mere suggestion of a “five-year moritorium” caused an uproar among the right and holy.
Last year, it was announced that McLaren had presided at a commitment ceremony for his son Trevor and Trevor’s partner, Owen Ryan.
Now, in a new interview, McLaren has opened up more about his personal and theological journey on the subject of homosexuality, including his relationship with his son: