Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Prayers for the Church

Today I received word that yet another person was denied membership in the United Methodist Church because of their sexual orientation.

This time it was a committed, lesbian couple who had been attending New Horizon UMC in Champaign , IL for over a year. At the end of the membership class they were asked to meet with the minister, who directly inquired whether they were lesbian. When they affirmed their orientation, he told them that the UMC does not allow gay/lesbian people to join the church.

Let us pray for this family, for the person serving as pastor, and for our Church.


Kirk VanGilder said...

Sigh...nice of the pastor to wait an entire year then tell this couple an outright lie that "gay people can't join the church."

Rev. Tiffany Steinwert said...

The Church should have known this would happen. If the study group just commissioned wants to know the implications of Ruling 1032, they need look no further. Of course, pastors will now interpret the ruling as barring GLBT persons from membership. The ruling gave the green light to any pastor seeking to deny membership on the basis of sexual orientation.

The local pastor was merely following the logic of the Judicial Council.

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