*The relationship with the LGBT community and the Black church has never been pleasant. In fact, it’s gotten a little violent and isolating for many. But now some are trying make amends.

A rather unusual event recently took place in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Fort Washington, Md. Several ministers of black churches met with members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community — and formally apologized for what the organizers described as the church’s judgmental attitude toward individuals who experience same-sex attraction and their loved ones.

Although a sincere apology is often the first step to restoring a fractured relationship, our culture has made public apologies into a performance art, characterized by carefully scripted PR creations and only token acknowledgments of actually having done wrong.

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