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Around the Parish February 28, 2019

Sisters and Brothers,

Perhaps you have seen the recent news about the United Methodist Church and their vote regarding their official stance regarding GLBT individuals and clergy. They have voted to maintain their traditional ban on same-gender marriage and affirm their historical teaching regarding scripture and same-gender attraction. This is no- doubt heartbreaking for progressive Methodists who recognize the inherent goodness of GLBT individuals.

Their recent meeting also rejected any attempt to make compassionate accommodations that would help GLBT affirming congregations abide by these guidelines. I urge all of us to pray for our Methodist sisters and brothers as this recent vote will no doubt cause pain and grief. It very well may cause a split in that denomination.

This event is a reminder that we are a parish that was specifically established to be a safe haven for those who have been rejected by other churches. It is important that we recognize that while great advancements have been made regarding same-gender rights, there is still more work to be done. We have found a home and may be comfortable, but there are still other sisters and brothers who may now feel betrayed by their family. We need to stand ready to offer support and a warm embrace to anyone who may need it.


Fr. Dewayne

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