Sacred,But Not Welcome

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THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH TO LGBTQ: YOU’RE “SACRED,” BUT NOT WELCOME

The month of May has marked a decided shift in the strategy for full inclusion of LGBTQ persons within the United Methodist Church (UMC).

In the past ten days, more than 126 clergy and candidates for ordained ministry have endorsed two separate open letters to the Church outing themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

Since United Methodist Church law prohibits “practicing, self-avowed homosexuals” from ministry, many of these clergy now risk losing their credentials. With the quadrennial business meeting of the denomination in full swing, the timing of these letters—released on the eve of the UMC General Conference—couldn’t be better.-by Pamela R. Lightsey. religiondispatch.org

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