Alex Blaze

Jesus Is Leading the Gay-Friendlies

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 05, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: LGBT, Methodists

"Our United Methodist Church, ashamed and repentant in the past, ended official and unofficial restrictions on candidacy, ordination and appointment for reason of race, gender and ethnicity. We believe the God we know in Jesus is leading us to issue this counsel and call -- a call to transform our church life and our world."

--33 retired Methodist bishops asking the church to end restrictions on LGBT clergy

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Thanks for posting this. It's only a particular segment of Christianity that is anti-gay - sadly, a very loud and aggressive one. They do not speak for all Christians.

Several major denominations, including Episcopaleans, ELCA Lutherans and the United Church of Christ, have already become inclusive. In many others (Presbyterians and Methodists, for example) the voting is approaching fifty percent and is expected to become a majority in the near future. Not soon enough - but it's important to recognize that there are millions of Christians who believe Jesus calls us to full inclusion.

Thank you for posting this as it represens the position of many United Methodists who are part of welcoming congregations where gay members and gay families attend, are part of church leadership, and much more. Like my church in Pittsburgh, PA. About 1/3 of our regular congregrants on Sunday morning are indeed gay. Yes. Here is an important link on the efforts in our denomination to stay with the UMC so that we can be agents of change. We love it!