Rev. Paul M. Turner
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LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH, AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME

It’s 2017, and if anything is clear at this point, it’s that we absolutely must change the way we conduct ourselves. In other words, we need some powerful collective resolutions – yes, resolutions – to help us change the way things are and the way they might be.But groups of people don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, do they? When groups of people resolve to do things, those resolutions have different names – laws, proclamations, constitutions.So what we’re left with is what we can do on…See More
Jan 1
Rev. Paul M. Turner posted a blog post

Taking the Bullets out of the Gun

In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King Jr.)In the days following the Orlando massacre, it’s become painfully clear to me that there are people out there who really don’t get it. They really don’t. They don’t get that LGBT people like me feel connected to what happened at Pulse. They don’t get that it touched a nerve with each of us individually. They don’t get that we LGBT people live our lives carrying around a keen sense…See More
Jun 21, 2016
Rev. Paul M. Turner posted a blog post

What the Whole World Could Learn from a 15-Year-Old Girl

I thought I’d sit down today and get indignant about the crass politicization of a complete non-issue.No, I’m not talking about Benghazi, or private email servers, or whether or not Donald Trump actually knows how to run a business. I’m talking about something that actually has everyday people acting as though they’ve lost their minds: The issue of which public restroom a person chooses to use.I know why people are freaked out on a personal level. And I also know why their fears around this…See More
Jun 11, 2016
Rev. Paul M. Turner posted a blog post

2016: The Year of the Displaced

As we enter a new year, I’m going to go out on a not-very-long limb and declare 2016 the Year of the Displaced. I do this to call attention to the fact that “one out of every 122 people alive today is someone who, at some point, was forced to leave his or her home“.If that statistic alone wasn’t enough to get your attention, here are some others:The United…See More
Jan 3, 2016
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AMERICAN SPRING: MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND THE ARC TO JUSTICE

Remember the Arab Spring? Fueled by social media, the people of several Arab nations started taking to the streets five years ago to demand a different way of life, a change in the relationship they have with their governments. Now granted, the Egypt, Libya and Syria of today may not look exactly like what we might have expected as a result of the protests – but if we look at our own history in America we can see that, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, its arc is long but does indeed bend towards…See More
Jul 17, 2015
Rev. Paul M. Turner posted a blog post

AMERICAN SPRING: MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND THE ARC TO JUSTICE

Remember the Arab Spring? Fueled by social media, the people of several Arab nations started taking to the streets five years ago to demand a different way of life, a change in the relationship they have with their governments. Now granted, the Egypt, Libya and Syria of today may not look exactly like what we might have expected as a result of the protests – but if we look at our own history in America we can see that, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, its arc is long but does indeed bend towards…See More
Jun 26, 2015
Rev. Paul M. Turner posted a blog post

Calvary in Charleston: How forgiveness overcame guns, flags and hate

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)The name Emanuel means “God is with us”. And as if one needed any more evidence that God is with the grieving survivors of Dylann Roof’s rampage at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the tear-stained forgiveness exhibited by the families of the victims at Roof’s bond hearing is just that, to a factor of seventy times seven.“I just want…See More
Jun 20, 2015
Rev. Paul M. Turner posted a blog post

Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs

All I can say about the movie “Selma” is that it ought to be mandatory viewing in every high school in the country. And there are a million reasons why. But mainly, the civil rights movement is now so far in the rearview mirror that we have generations of young people who have no idea what a struggle that movement really was. What a pity.We have Santa Claus-ified Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., putting him in the cultural/historical equivalent of a cute little snowglobe where he perennially…See More
Feb 3, 2015

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Who are you? (Creative answers encouraged!)
I have been in Atlanta since January 1, 1994 and have been involved in leadership and activism for the gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered community. With my arrival in Atlanta I immediately got involved with the "Olympics Out of Cobb" movement, speaking at rallies and marches. I continue to work with several community organizations.
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Atlanta Interfaith AIDS Network, Georgia Equality Project, Atlanta Gay Chamber of Commerce, Hotlanta Softball, Monday's Myth Bowling, Faith Issues Community Committee. I also coached an openly gay hockey team on a straight league and works with the Stonewall Democrats. Serve on the Board of Directors for InTown Community Assistence.

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THIS GENERATION HAS A PURPOSE

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 8:02pm 0 Comments

“How does it feel to be the first generation to not have a purpose?”

These words were the equivalent of a slap across the face to me. They were coming out of the TV, out of the mouth of an actor playing Cleve Jones, a lion of the TLGBQIA movement who was a contemporary of Harvey Milk and who conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt (which by the way has become, at 54 tons, the world’s largest piece of community folk art).

In the scene, Jones is an…

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LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH, AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME

Posted on January 1, 2017 at 3:34pm 0 Comments

It’s 2017, and if anything is clear at this point, it’s that we absolutely must change the way we conduct ourselves. In other words, we need some powerful collective resolutions – yes, resolutions – to help us change the way things are and the way they might be.

But groups of people don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, do they? When groups of people resolve to do things, those resolutions have different names – laws, proclamations, constitutions.

So what…

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Taking the Bullets out of the Gun

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 12:43pm 0 Comments

In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King Jr.)



In the days following the Orlando massacre, it’s become painfully clear to me that there are people out there who really don’t get it. They really don’t. They don’t get that LGBT people like me feel connected to what happened at Pulse. They don’t get that it touched a nerve with each of us individually. They don’t get that we LGBT people live our lives carrying around a…

Continue

What the Whole World Could Learn from a 15-Year-Old Girl

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 2:12pm 0 Comments

I thought I’d sit down today and get indignant about the crass politicization of a complete non-issue.

No, I’m not talking about Benghazi, or private email servers, or whether or not Donald Trump actually knows how to run a business. I’m talking about something that actually has everyday people acting as though they’ve lost their minds: The issue of which public restroom a person chooses to use.

I know why people are freaked out on a personal level. And I also know why…

Continue

2016: The Year of the Displaced

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 3:25pm 0 Comments

As we enter a new year, I’m going to go out on a not-very-long limb and declare 2016 the Year of the Displaced. I do this to call attention to the fact that “one out of every 122 people alive today is someone who, at some point, was forced to leave his or her home“.

If that statistic alone wasn’t enough to get your attention, here are some…

Continue

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At 5:15pm on September 14, 2008, Rev. Paul M. Turner said…
My thanks to each of you for your kind words and prayerful thoughts!

God Bless,
Pastor Paul
At 12:42am on August 30, 2008, ronbearoh said…
Reverend Turner,

Your good works inspire me and give me hope for a better future for the GBLTQ community.
 
 
 

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