Recently Read: Call to declare “We Are!” An open letter to the people of The United Methodist Church


An open letter to the people of The United Methodist Church

We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer clergy and candidates in the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The New York Conference has spoken out for decades against our denomination’s prejudice and exclusion of LGBTQI people. As a conference, we are finding ways to transcend the church’s bigotry and the spiritual crisis caused by its requirement to discriminate. With We do! Methodists Living Marriage Equality, 1,300 clergy and lay people have publicly come together to make weddings available to all couples, gay and straight, on an equal basis. In 2014, our bishop, Martin McLee, declared, “I call for and commit to a cessation of church trials” for clergy performing same-sex weddings. In February, our Board of Ordained Ministry voted that “LGBTQI candidates will be given equal consideration and protection in the candidacy process,” and further declared that the Board does not find homosexuality incompatible with Christian teaching. BOOM’s action comes 38 years after the same body refused to recommend a leave of absence for Paul Abels when he came out and the bishop asked him to take a leave.

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This could have been shortened to “We don’t care what our collective decision making body decides. We will do what we please when we please. If you do not like that then your are a schismatic hateful homophobe.”

Does that about sum it up?


“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

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