500+ LGBTQI Christian Leaders Stand In Solidarity With Our United Methodist Colleagues

To our LGBTQI colleagues in ministry in the United Methodist Church,

As you gather for General Conference and engage in difficult conversations around inclusion, we are sending you so much love and light. We sign this letter as openly LGBTQI clergy, future pastors, and faith leaders in our own denominations who stand with you in solidarity. Though we come from different traditions, you are our family in Christ and our siblings in the common struggle to live fully and authentically into our God-given identities and callings. 

On Monday, we read the words many of you offered together to your beloved church. Our hearts swelled with pride at your prophetic and vulnerable truth-telling, even as they also clenched in empathy at the fear and risk many of you must have felt. With your words still reverberating inside of us, emboldening our own faith, we want you to know that you are not alone. Those of you who came out in Monday’s letter, and those who have come before you, and those who are still not able to live out your sexual and gender identities openly: we see you and we support you and we are surrounding you with love. 

Even as we continue to work for LGBTQI justice in our own churches, we pray also for inclusion and justice in yours. We share your frustration for the ways in which the church continues to deny your gifts and calls. And we join you in crying out against the injustice of such discrimination.

In the days ahead, as the United Methodist Church prayerfully considers how to be obedient to God’s will, we pray that they will recognize their call to celebrate and uplift all of the LGBTQI Methodists who seek to serve God’s church in ministry. We pray also for you: that you would find comfort and strength and ongoing assurance that you are beloved.

Alongside all of you, we hope and work for a church and world that fully reflect the spirit of God by embracing all of God’s children. We give thanks for all that you are, for your faithful witness, and for your ministries. And we echo your message: it’s time. 

In Christ,

Rev. Layton E. Williams, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Rachel P. Mastin, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. Broderick Greer, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Marcy Bain, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Alex Patchin McNeill, Executive Director, More Light Presbyterians, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. John Russell Stanger, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Daniel B. Williams, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Chris Davies, United Church of Christ & Queer Clergy Trading Cards
The Reverend Reagan Humber, The Episcopal Church
Ashley Birt, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Colleen Toole, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Kevin Colbert, Postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church
Rev. Rodney McKenzie, Jr., National LGBTQ Task Force
Ruling Elder Granger Odum, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Annanda Barclay, Candidate for Ordination, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Reverend Erin Swenson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Ray Bagnuolo, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Seminarian, Kelli Joyce, The Episcopal Church
The Rev. Jacob E. Pierce, the Episcopal Church
The Rev. Jonathan H. Reinink, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Kyle M. Walker, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Eric A. Thomas, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. Megan Rohrer, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Diaconal Minister Lauren Morse-Wendt, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. David Johnston Norse, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Michael R. Dodds, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Debra Peevey, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. James Boline, Pastor, St. Paul's ELCA Santa Monica
Rev. Karen Thompson MCC Austin
Rev. Gregory Stevens, American Baptist
Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Daniel Morales, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Will McGarvey PC (United Church of Christ) & United Church of Christ
Pastor Barb Girod. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Seminarian Levi Powers, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Seminarian, Kristian C. Kohler, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Pastor Steven Wilco, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Pastor Andrew Tobias Joy Nelson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Roy Schmidt, Community of Christ
Rev. Thad W. Fisher, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Katie Ricks, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson, United Church of Christ
Pastor Austin Newberry, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Ruling Elder Timothy Cahn, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Jen Rude, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Abigail Mohaupt, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev Lura N Groen, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Rev. Kyle Severson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones, United Church of Christ
Rev. Remington Johnson, Presbyterian Church USA
Shelley Donaldson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Ruling Elder, JoAnne Sharp, DCF, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Mieke Vandersall, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Bill Young, Metropolitan Community Church of Austin
Seminarian Mack Patrick, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Seminarian, Katy Wallace, ECLA
Rev. Dr. Wm. Blake Spencer Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Michael D. Kirby, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. John McDonald, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dwain Lee, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Erik Christensen, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Aaron Maurice Saari, United Church of Christ
Ember Kelley, MID and Seminarian, United Church of Christ
Matthew Dimick, Inquierer Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
MAR Candidate at Yale and Berkeley Divinity, Samuel D. J. Ernest, Episcopal Church USA
Seminarian Paul Eldred, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Nancy Wichmann, Seminarian, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Laura Brekke, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Terry Sims, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Rev. Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, United Church of Christ
MDiv Student, Jillian Westerfield, Episcopal Church
Seminarian, Jennifer Hardin, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Pam Garrud, Methodist Church in Great Britain
Lindsey Nye, United Church of Christ
Fr. Daniel Storrs, Ecumenical Catholic Communion
Ellen Willert, Seminarian, Member in Discernment, United Church of Christ
Rev. Eric Potts, Methodist Church of Great Britain.
Shawn Thomas, The Ministry of Aaron's Rainbow Project
Rev. Emmy Kegler, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lynn Young, Member in Discernment, M.Div Candidate, United Church of Christ
Rev. Lindsey Becker Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rebecca Crate, M.Div, MTh, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. William Smyth Stanley, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Martha Spong, United Church of Christ
Rev. Emily E. Ewing, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Presbyterian Mission Agency - Interim Executive Director, Tony De La Rosa, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Kathryn A.McLean
Rev. Stacey Midge, Reformed Church in America
Rev. Emily Labrecque, United Church of Christ
Bishop R. Guy Erwin, Southwest California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Meredith White, Designated Pastor, Noble Road Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Seminarian Jason Poole-Xiong, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. David Eck, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Joel Bergeland, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Mercy Monroe, Member in Discernment in the United Church of Christ
Rev. Sara Cogsil, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Emily Otto, United Church of Christ
Chaplain Amy Kumm-Hanson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Rev. Joseph Wood, The Episcopal Church
Seminarian, Kevin Henderson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Brenda Bos, pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Emily McNeill, United Church of Christ
Ruling Elder, Brian Entz, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Mike Wilson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Carla Gregg-Kearns, United Church of Christ
Rev. CB Stewart, United Church of Christ
Rev. Molly McGinnis, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Yale Divinisty School Student Leader, Dax W. Crocker, Non-Denominational
Dr. Kyle Johnson, Seminarian, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Mx. Kacei Conyers, Episcopal Church
Rev. Alycia Erickson, Metropolitan Community Church
Rev. Robin White, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Kate LeFranc, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Beth Brown; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Gregory Stark, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Lane Campbell, Unitarian Universalist
Prop. Louis van der Riet, Dutch Reformed Church (South Africa)
Rev. Katie Styrt, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Annie Reilly, RCA/Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Laura Ferree, seminarian, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Kirsten Moore, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Candidate, Jenny Peek, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. William Dohle, Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Chaplain, Tamera Keller-Love, United Church of Christ
Rev. Rebecca Love, United Church of Christ
Lyndsey Godwin, Baptist
The Reverend Randy Philip Orso, Universal Life Church Monastery LGBTI Clergy Association
Rev. Erik Karlson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Elle Dowd, Candidate for Ordination & Seminary Student, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Ashley Harness, United Church of Christ
Rev Michelle Scott-Huffman, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Pastor Dustin Bower, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Seminarian, John M. Brett, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Hospice Chaplain, Jami Yandle, Unitarian Universalist
Robert Laughton, Anglican Church of Canada
Chaplain Resident, Suzanne Ujvagi, Unitarian Universalist
The Rev. Nicolette L. Siragusa, United Church of Christ
Rev. Dorothy Harris, J.D., Unity Fellowship Church Movement
Rev. Autumn Dennis, Catholic Worker Movement
Rev. Susan Halvor, Chaplain, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Mark Horner, M.Div. '15, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Pastor Tim Seery, United Church of Christ
Ms. Laura Kelly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Heidi Carrington Heath, Associate Pastor, United Church of Christ
Rev. Jacob B. Nash ULC
Rev. Shawna Bowman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Friendship Presbyterian Church
Katie Kuntz-Wineland, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Abigail Henderson, United Church of Christ
Mr. Ryan Larkin, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Jocelyn Cadwallader, Presbyterian Church(USA)
Ms. Meghan Foote, Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Greyson Vega, Seminarian, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Dr. Karl James E. Villarmea, United Church of Christ in the Philippines
Ruling Elder, Ben Masters, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Candidate, Hierald Edgardo Osorto, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Austin Young, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Lori McPherson, Metropolitan Community Churches
The Rev. Anna Tew, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Manda Truchinski, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Church Trustee, Jan Merl, United Church of Christ
Latishia AV James, Non-Denominational
Sarah Kammerdiener, Alliance of Baptists
Rev Maureen Dickmann, Pastor, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Cuthbertson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Andrew Frazier, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Ms. Amanda Hill, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Kate Fields, Baptist
Reverend Shawn P. Torres, Jr. African Methodist Epsicopal Church/Progressive National Baptist Convention
Rev. Dr. Thom Parrott-Sheffer, United Church of Christ
Seminary Student, David Schell, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. Terri Akketman, United Church of Christ
Peter Carlson Schattauer, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Aaron Decker, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Bruce J. Thorsen, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Aspirant for the Ministry, Byron 'Tyler' Coles, Unitarian Universalist Association
Dorothy Parks-Piatt, Candidate for Teaching Elder, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Timothy Gaura, Baptist
Rev. Jason Clifton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Pastor Nathan Sobers, CRE Prebyterian Church USA
Bethany Joy Winn, United Church of Christ
Rev. Tim Feiertag, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Pam Jarvis, in discernment for the priesthood, Episcopal Church
Allyn Maxfield-Steele, Commissioned Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Caleb Crainer, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Taylor Steven Hall, Future Teaching Elder, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Tuhina Verma Rasche, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Jessica Rathbun-Cook, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Ally Vertigan, United Church of Christ Member in Discernment
Ross Murray, Diaconal Minister, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Scott Richards, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Dr. Stu Smith, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Carolina Glauster, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
The Rev. Brian D. Ellison, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Madeleine Benishek Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Georgian Whitenight, Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Mr. Jason Miller, The Episcopal Church
Kyle Hanson Evangelical Lutheran Church in America MDIV
Andrew M. Flatt, seminarian, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Seminarian Josh Evans, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Christa Swenson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Loey Powell, United Church of Christ
Samantha Melton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Jeffrey Crews, United Church of Christ
Katherine Kammerdiener, member of the Alliance of Baptists
Rev. Seminarian Chris Schaefer, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Danielle Neff, United Church of Christ
Rev. Dan Adolphson, Moderator, GLAD Alliance of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Linda Bahner, Universal Life Church/Coven of the Sacred Path
Lydia Mulkey, United Church of Christ
Candidate, Tara Lentz, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Summer F. Shaud, United Church of Christ
Rev. Michael Slagenweit-Coffman, United Church of Christ
C Noell Rathbun-Cook, Candidate for Ordination, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright, United Church of Christ
Sarah Price, Postulant for Holy Orders in The Episcopal Church
MiD, Kim Whisler-Vasko, United Church of Christ
Rev. Heather C. Thomason, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Pastor Lacette Cross, Ordained American Baptist Churches USA
Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, United Church of Christ
Rev. Deven S. Hazelwood, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Trent S. Williams, United Church of Christ
Rev. Patricia J. Raube, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Hillary Mohaupt, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Ruling Elder
Rev. Anne Dunlap, United Church of Christ
Krystle Wright, Member in Discernment, United Church of Christ
SFTS MDiv. Student, Jamie Lee Sprague-Ballou, United Church of Christ & Metropolitan Community Church
Associate Pastor, Rev. Alex Shea Will, United Church of Christ
The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop/Executive for Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Mamie Broadhurst, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Ruling Elder, Suze Miller, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Babs Miller, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Elissa C. Johnk, United Church of Christ
Rev Leigh McCaffrey, United Church of Christ
Rachel Kirk, Member in Discernment, United Church of Christ
Rev. Jen Nagel, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Laura Kuntz, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Seminarian, Tim Schroeder, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Elizabeth Bukey, Unitarian Universalist
Rev Jeannine Oakes Daugherty, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Sharon A. Benton, United Church of Christ
Rev. Pamela Werner, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Sarah Jordan, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Meredith Cox, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Miller, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Ashley McFaul, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. Dr. Kimberly Rodrigue, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Mary Wilson, United Church of Christ and Alliance of Baptists
Rev. Erik Koepnick, United Church of Christ
Rev. Katie Mulligan, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Robyn Provis, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Inquirer, Mary Kathryn Dean, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Cody J. Sanders, Alliance of Baptists
The Rev. Stephanie Cooper, Alliance of Baptists
Rev. Emily C. Heath, currently United Church of Christ, ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. April Baker, Alliance of Baptists
Rev. Dr. Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock, Alliance of Baptist
Rev. Manda Adams, United Church of Christ
Rev. M.L. Daniel, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Howard Dotson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Emily Joye McGaughy, United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Dawn Roginski, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev Orisha Bowers, Association of Affirming and Welcoming Baptists
Rev. Shelly Fayette, The Episcopal Church
The Rev. Grant F. Sontag, United Church of Christ
The Rev. Jonathan Chapman, United Church of Christ
The Rev. AJ Striffler, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Benjamin S. Bigney, United Church of Christ
Rev.d J.Neil Adams. Methodist UK
REVD. Betty Trinder Methodist Presbyter in UK.
Jeananne Stine, Presbyterian
Rev. Susan De George, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Deborah Lynn, Alliance of Baptist, BPFNA/Bautistas por la Paz
Clergy Candidate, River Needham, Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches
Rev. Karen Wright, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Reverend Jennifer J. Thomas, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Rev. William H. Critzman, United Church of Christ
Rev. Andy Schwiebert, United Church of Christ
Ruling Elder, Lesley Conzelman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Julie Rogers, United Church of Christ
Iren Raye, ThM, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Chaplain, Julie Prey, M.Div, Federation of Christian Ministers, member of Mennonite Church USA
Rev. Don Schlosser, Baptist
Rev. Debra Avery, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Seminarian Preston Fields, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. John Williams, Metropolitan Community Churches
Marlene Gallo
Andrew M. McQuery, postulant, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
Troy Medlin, Seminarian, Non-denominational
Rev. Katie Hotze-Wilton, Pastor of Congregational Care and Worship, Metroploitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis
Rev. Nancy Rosas United Church of Christ
The Rev. Vicki K. Hesse, The Episcopal Church (Diocese of Michigan, Christ Church Grosse Pointe
Dr. Dan Hammer, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Chad O'Neil, United Church of Christ
Retired Elder, Daniel K. Held, United Methodist Church West Ohio Conf.
Mr. Bradley Siefert, (no denominational affiliation)
The Rev. Ginny Wilder, The Episcopal Church
The Reverend Canon Susan Russell, The Episcopal Church
The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, The Episcopal Church
The Rev. Frederick C. Clarkson, The Episcopal Church
Dr. Joel M Cruz, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Very Rev. Mack Olson, The Episcopal Church
Rev Dr Robert Griffin, Executive Minister for Sunshine Cathedral MCC
Andrea Denney, Ruling Elder in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. Alyssa Lodewick, United Church of Christ
Rev. Bertram Johnson, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dawn Fortune, Unitarian Universalist Association
Jason Smith, United Methodist
Rev. Rachel Brownson, Reformed Church in America
Gretchen R. Chateau, Lay Leader, All Saints' Episcopal, Atlanta
REV. TANYA J DENLEY, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Sharon H. Edwards, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns, Metropolitan Community Churches, MDiv Wesley Theological Seminary '03
the Rev Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton, The Episcopal Church
The Reverend Kathryn Z. Johnston, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Martha A. Daniels
The Rev. Joseph Farnes, Episcopal Church
Rev. Casey Tinnin (United Church of Christ)
Rev. Meg Riley, Church of the Larger Fellowship
Rev. Todd Freeman, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Keith Church, Alliance of Baptists
Rev. Stephen Stacks, Baptist
Rev. Linda Hart, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Dr. Marni Harmony, Unitarian Universalist
The Rev. Thomas Discavage, Episcopal Church
Aspirant to the Sacred Order of Deacons, Alicia Hager, Episcopalian
Randall Tremba, Minister, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, Shepherdstown WV
Pastor, Michelle L. Sevig, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
the Rev. Dr. Randolph W.B. Becker, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Elder, Stacey Waites, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Suzanne Marsh, Unitarian Universalist
Fr. Teri Harroun, Pastoral Associate at Light of Christ in Longmont - Colorado, Vicar of the Rocky Mountain Region for the Ecumenical Catholic Communion
the Rev. Jason S. Glombicki (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
Rev. Chip Roush, Unitarian Universalist
Ms. Alyss Swanson, United Methodist
The Rev. Patricia Ross, The Episcopal Church
Ammon Ripple, Director, Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania
Rev. Cordelia Strandskov, United Church of Christ
Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Holly S. Morrison, United Church of Christ
Rev. Leah Fowler, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and United Church of Christ
Rev. Mykal O. Slack, Metropolitan Community Church/Unitarian Universalist Association
Lisa Feyen, TEC
Rev. Jennifer Wilder, Alliance of Baptists
Rev. Judson L. Day, American Baptist
Ministerial Candidate, Ranwa Hammamy, Unitarian Universalism
Adam McDuffie, Candler School of Theology 18T, Alliance of Baptists/Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Ashley Horan, Executive Director of the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, Unitarian Universalist
Dr. Michael R. Whitenton, Alliance of Baptists
Rev. Travis K. Smith Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Rev. David Bentz, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev Jane Nelson, Clergy, Metropolitan Community Churches
Rev. Dawn Hutchings , Evangelical Lutherian Church in Canada
Andrew G. Lang, Open and Affirming Coalition, United Church of Christ
Nicole M. Garcia, Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Julia Tipton Rendon, United Church of Christ
Reverend Jes Kast-Keat, Reformed Church in America
President of the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ, Phil Porter
Rev. Anthony Vaccaro, MD ECUSA
Rev. DeWayne L. Davis, Metropolitan Community Churches
The Rev. Kay Sylvester, Episcopal Church
Rj Robles (they, them, theirs), Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Christine Hribar, CC(DOC)
Pastor Alli Baker, Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
Rev. Amy Sens, United Church of Christ
Ms. Priscilla Tate, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Jane Dwinell, Unitarian Universalist
The Rev. Lisa Kirby, Deacon, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Benjamin Ledell Reynolds, United Church of Christ
Pastor Jennifer Sanborn, American Baptist Churches
Reverend Sabrina Jennings, United Church of Christ
Rev. Julie Taylor, Unitarian Universalist
Rt. Rev. Robert Darrell Hall, OFC, Bishop, Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of Texas
Rev. Shanea D. Leonard, B.A., M.Div. Presbyterian (USA)
Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach, Unitarian Universalist
Pastor, Rev. Rachel J. Bahr, United Church of Christ
Ian Carr McPherson, The Reformed Church in America
Rev. John MacIver Gage, Senior Pastor, United Christian Church of Austin UCC/DOC
Rev. Joel Miller, Unitarian Universalist
Pastor Latino-Hispanic Ministries, Dr. Antonio Gallardo, Episcopal Church
Rev. Elizabeth Jones, ABC-USA
Jaeymes Childers, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Diconal Candidate
Rev Dr Ronna Case
Candidate Minister, Meghann Robern, Unitarian Universalist
Minister, Barbara Lea Callaghan, United Church of Christ
RevDr Ronna Case United Methodist Church
Ms, Cindi Knox, United Church of Christ
Rev. Robyn Gray, Ph.D United Church of Christ
The Reverend Beth O'Callaghan, Episcopal Church
Sonny Graves, United Church of Christ
The Rev Elaine S. Caldbeck, Ph.D., The Episcopal Church
Rev. Erica Lea, Mennonite Church USA
Rev. David C. R. Weasley, American Baptist
Mx. Chris Paige, Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Member, United Church of Christ
Rev. Holly Clark-Porter, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. Read Sherman, United Church of Canada
Stephanie McGarrity, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Pastor, Esther Baruja, United Church of Christ
Intern Minister, Emily Conger, Unitarian Universalist Association
Raven Clarissa Rowe, MDiv Member in Discernment, United Church of Christ
Rev. Alba Onofrio, Non-denominational Christian
Elder Tamara Razzano, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. M Henderson Presbyterian
The Rev. Peter C. Siwek, The Episcopal Church
Ministerial Aspirant, Karen Madrone, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Laura Bogle, Unitarian Universalist
Seminarian Lauren Way, Unitarian Universalist
Minister Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, Rev. Ann Marie Alderman, Unitarian Universalist Associaion
Rev. Beth Dana - Unitarian Universalist
Rev Mark Chiang, Presbyterian Church in Canada
Letitia M. Campbell, approved for ordination, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The Rev. Bonnie Brandon, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Stephen Schmidt, Teaching Pastor, Expressions Church OKC (independent)
Seminarian Liesl Spitz, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Mr. Richard N. Taliaferro, Jr. The Episcopal Church
The Rev Michael W Hopkins, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Sofia Betancourt, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Amy Shaw, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Daniel Vigilante, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Catherine Knowles, Unitarian Universalist Chaplain
Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, Unitarian Universalist
Seminarian Janet Newton, Unitarian Universalist
Ms. Monica Dobbins, Seminarian, Unitarian Universalist
Hannah Roberts Villnave, MDiv, Unitarian Universalist
Mandie McGlynn, candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry
Rev. Janis Johnson, The Episcopal Church
The Rev. Winnie Varghese, The Episcopal Church
Deacon Ashley Anderson, American Baptist
Leslie Chartier, MDiv, Unitarian Universalist
Minister of Christian Education, Lindsay Popper, United Church of Christ
Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, Unitarian Universalist
Kathryn Byers, United Church of Christ
MiD, Caleb Bishop White, United Church of Christ
Rev Beth Chronister, Unitarian Universalism
Rev. James Semmelroth Darnell, United Church of Christ (Baptized in the United Methodist Church)
Rev. Meghan Conrad Cefalu, Unitarian Universalist
Pastor Dennis Coy, United Church of Christ
Sean Neil-Barron, Pastor, Unitarian Universalist
Joshua Allen, ordained Baptist minister
Elizabeth Durant, Minister, United Church of Christ
Peter Johnston, United Church of Christ
The Rev'd. Marcus Halley, Priest, The Episcopal Church
Pastor, Melissa Ashmore, United Church of Christ
Andrew Coate, Director of Religious Education, Unitarian Universalist Church Jamaica Plain, MA
Member In Discernment, Jeani Rice-Cranford, MDiv, United Church of Christ
Elder Geraldine Apostolos Presbyterian
the Rev. Matthew Redrich, United Church of Christ
Rev. Margaret J. Ainslie, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Kate Rogers, United Church of Christ
Rev Dr. Rob Apgar-Taylor, United Church of Christ
Rev. Dusty Pruitt, D. Min. United Church of Christ
Rev. Leenane Shiels, United Church of Canada
Rev. Kim Sorrells; United Church of Christ
Lisa J Griffith Tierney, United Church of Christ
The Rev. Dr. James J. Olson, OCC; United Church of Christ
Dr. Barbara Anne Fisher - Postulant - Episcopal Diocese of Easton
Rev. Jenn Macy, United Church of Christ
Pastor Guy S. Johnson, United Church of Christ
Rev. Kevin Graham, United Church of Christ and Assembly of God
Rev. Erica Baron, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Liz Brimm, United Church of Christ
Rev. Courtney Jones, United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Amy Rowland, Unitarian Universalist
Scott A. Hill, MA, M.Div., Metropolitan Community Church/United Church of Christ
Postulant to Holy Orders, Kristin Wickersham, The Episcopal Church
Cara Dost, United Church of Christ
Aspirant, Heather Petit, Unitarian Universalist
Kevin W. Jagoe, Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry
The Reverend Curtis A. Farr, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Eric Sherlock, United Church of Christ
Elizabeth Weber, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Lindasusan V. Ulrich, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Wendy L. Bell, Unitarian Universalist
The Rev. Diana Carroll, The Episcopal Church, USA
The Rev. Sarah Lamming, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Benjamin D. Dubow, American Baptist
Timothy Holton, United Methodist Church
The Rev. Karen Buzzell-Frey, Anglican Church of Canada
Jack Gregorio, Seminarian, Chicago Theological Seminary, United Church of Christ
Rev. Beverly Waring, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Peter Trabaris, Metropolitan Community Churches
Seminarian, Michael Vollbrecht, United Church of Christ
Rev. Malcolm Himschoot, United Church of Christ
The Rev. Beth Scriven, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Steven Davis, United Church of Christ Clergy, former ordained elder for 26 years in the United Methodist Church
Rev. Marcie Gibson, Diaconal Minister, United Church of Canada
Matt Prest, The Episcopal Church
Lina Perez, The Episcopal Church
Lisa Perry-Wood, Ministerial Candidate, Unitarian Universalist
Candidate for Ministry, Kathleen McGregor, Unitarian Univeralist
the Reverend Joy Caires, Episcopal Priest
Reverend Kimberly Hoare, United Church of Christ
Rev. Wendy Miller Olapade, United Church of Christ
The Rev Jeff Martinhauk, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Sarah J. Napoline, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman (Transitioning from United Methodist Church to United Church of Christ)
Donna Dolham, Candidate for Ministry, Unitarian Universalist Association
Laura Evonne Steinman, Director of Children's Religious Education, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev Dr Jennifer Janzen-Ball, United Church of Canada, Director of the Designated Lay Ministry Program
Ordination Candidate, Ben Mann, American Baptist
Rev. Khette Cox, Baptist
Rev. Diana Vezmar-Bailey, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Douglass Anne Cartwright, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Crystal Arellano-Fryer, Inquirer, Episcopal Church
Rev. Amber Churchill, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Diana K. McLean, Unitarian Universalist
Dr. Michael J. Adee, Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

Comments (72)

Dear Siblings and Ministers in Christ,

Your love and prayers are most needed. When I signed the letter with 110 other LGBTIQ I was afraid, I was risking my job and my future; I didn't know how many others were going to sign but I knew that I needed to be one person to do it. I signed because I wanted my ministry to be steeped in integrity and honesty, no matter the cost. I feel safe saying that I and all of the other 111 UMC are so grateful for your stand in solidarity with us.

As fellow LGBTIQ clergy, I know I watched and prayed with the Episcopal Church last year, and the General Assembly of the PCUSA two years ago, and I will continue to hold you all in prayer as we all work to move our denominations toward better reflecting the beauty and diversity of the KinDom of God - we Wesleyans would call it "Christian Perfection". I will pray for y'all and I covet your prayers, and should my denomination move to cast me out because it finds itself unable to live up to the calling of Christ Jesus, I pray you will make space for me in yours.

In baptism we all swore to "resist evil and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves", and we LGBTIQ clergy have taken that call seriously and I am so thankful that even from a distance y'all are reminding that me that we are one body. We are many different expressions of one body, but we are still one, and your love and support is helping my part of the body be made stronger.

Grace and Peace to you all,
Pastor Jarell Wilson
Licensed-Local Pastor in the UMC
Certified Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the Rio Texas Annual Conference

Make that 501! I'm watching the GC 2016 and carrying all of you in prayer.

To every one of you who signed this letter, many blessings.

Should it be possible to add my name to this list of support, I would be delighted to do so. Rev. Padraig McGuire, Lutheran (ELCA)

Can I add my name to this list? I'm co-pastor of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor (www.a2blue.org).

As one of the 111 UMC clergy that came out on Monday to the global church, I sincerely thank you for you love, prayers and support. May we all respond to the call of Christ to heal this world.

Friends in the Spirit: Thank you for embracing us with uplifting support and caring. As I name each of you in prayer of thanksgiving, I am aware of our broad connection across this fragile planet, from the discerning to the Rev Drs, the affiliated to a denomination to the non-affiliated. Bless you. Thank you.

Prayers and support from this Presbyterian (USA) pastor in Indiana.

I stand proud with my brothers and sisters of the clergy who have stood in support of their sexual orientation and the ordination of clergy in the UMC.

Encanto Community Church United Church of Christ - Phoenix, AZ

You can add this former Methodist to the list! Grateful for the Episcopal Church's acceptance and ordination, and praying for my siblings in the UMC!

Leaving the UMC behind 24 years ago over this very issue, when the UMC as a whole was closer to embracing the rights of all humans than it is very day, has been a blessing that has never stopped giving. Considering that not one iota of love and life-energy of mine has been wasted trying to swim up the UMC's stream of vitriol and transactional love is to have witnessed a miracle.

While standing with all the others listed here in the pursuit of love, it saddens me to see the billions of watts of loving energy dashed on the rocks of the UMC's supposed scepter of power from churches across the land having to suck on the tit of the UMC's endowments. Instead of a gift, that money has become a curse that splashes all that come close with the cruelty of mind and money over heart. My congregation is thriving from having walked away.

Love is . . . the only engine of survival

Friends I am honored to add my name with the countless others. God is with you, know that and carry that always.

Praying for you,

Jason (ELCA)

I am a queer ordained minister and would like to sign this letter. I serve as Minister of Faith Formation at Ainsworth United Church of Christ in Portland, OR.

For UMC member. Now ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ. I too stand with my UMC siblings.

Dear Friends: I add my name in support of your clerical standing as glbtq leaders in the UMC. The denominations who already ordain us are grateful for the ministry we do. Our gifts are complementary to those of the straight women and men who are ministering in the Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. We hope that the delegates to this UMC meeting will know that our denominations each struggled through the scripture passages and tradition and found that they could be interpreted faithfully and yet more grace-fully than in previous times. God is doing a new thing. We hold you all in our prayers.

I support my brothers and sisters in ministry. I come from the Methodist tradition but am a Board-certified chaplain (APC, CPSP, SCA) and am ordained with Metropolitan Community Churches.

Please add my name to the letter.

Postulant for Holy Orders in The Episcopal Church
Standing with you, Loving you, and lifitng you up in prayer.

Please add my name to support my sisters and brothers in the UMC. I was a UMC minister for 20 years and now in the UCC (pastor of First Congregational UCC in Washington DC.) Still hold them in my heart and prayers.

Add my name to this list! I stand with you!

If it's possible or helpful to add more names, please add mine:

Spencer Cantrell
Postulant for Holy Orders (Priesthood)/Seminarian
The Episcopal Church

Standing with you in God's inclusive love.

Please add this priest/pastor of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion to the list!

Add my name. ItsTime. It is actually way overtime to treat everyone as God's children.

Adding my name to this list, please. I am a graduate of Perkins School of Theology at SMU (which supported me when I came out in 1981) - and am currently Minister of Music at the United Church of Cloverdale (a UCC church in northern California).

I'd love to be added to this list!

Confirmed Candidate. Cal-pac conference. Out to conference before confirmation interview.

Please add my name to this letter of support!

Blessings & Peace!

Rt. Rev. Thurlow Weed
Bishop of the Diocese of the West,
The Progressive Episcopal Church,

Happy to add my name.

I'm a Pacific School of Religion grad, Metaphysical Minister, and I stand with you.

I'd love to be added. Music Director, United Church of Christ

I'm serving a church in Chattanooga, TN. Please add my name to this good list.

Please add Rev. JennyShultz
United Church of Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC (UCC)

Gratitude is not a big enough a word. I should like to write Thank You 500 times. Very moving to see all your names here. Thank you, thank you....

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

As a graduate of a Methodist seminary, I keep the UMC in my prayers.

Add me to this list and know you are supported by all of us. It is absolutely time!!!!!

I was approved for ordination pending a 'call' by the North Texas Association of the United Church of Christ. I received my MDiv. last May and am now working on a ThM in Pastoral Care for LGBTQ People with Disabilities. I have so many friends n the UMC. I pray for the United Methodist Church to realize the inclusivity of all God's people.

God knows our hearts, even if those in control are blind by power to Jesus' inclusive love and affirming teachings.

I join wholeheartedly in this letter as an out bisexual seminarian and member in discernment with the United Church of Christ.

I whole heartedly stand beside my LBTGQI brothers and sisters of the cloth as an ally for your rights. The love of our great God knows no bounds.

Please add my name to the list.

Licensed Local Pastor
United Methodist Church
UNY Annual Conference

These individuals are very confused and do not know or understand the Scriptures. Unfortunately other confused and mixed up emotional individuals will follow them blindly! The blind leading the blind to stumble and fall into the ditch.

With so much support from so many different denominations why do LGBTQ people stay in the Methodist Church? Why not move to a denomination where their views are the same as others and then they go an reach people for Jesus and those who views are different stay where their views are the doctrine and reach people their way. Stop spending so much energy on changing something that really only effects 3% of the population and lets all work together in our own ways to reach 100% of those who need Jesus? This is an honest question I have never gotten an answer to.

I so agree- there is an agenda here that is not Holy.

Hi Allen, I'm a bisexual PCUSA pastor whose denomination only became inclusive of LGBTQ ordination in the last 6 years. It's worth pointing out that every denomination represented in this letter once denied LGBTQ folks their call just as the UMC is doing now. If we had all followed your logic then none of our denominations would ever have become inclusive and you wouldn't be recommending them as alternatives to this faithful Methodists now. I imagine LGBTQ Methodists stay for the same reason I stayed in my denomination: a deep sense of being called by God to the work of helping their own tradition to be more just and inclusive and therefore better reflect God's own heart. Whatever the actual percentage of LGBTQ folks there are in the world or in the church, questions of inclusion and justice for those historically marginalized is of important of all people seeking to live in faithful obedience to God. I think that is a crucial part of doing the work of spreading the love of Christ far and wide. Hope this helps answer your question.

Wesleyan Theology
Prevenient Grace

Prayers and support from this PC (USA) pastor in South Carolina.

With you my UMC friends. You are brave and bold.
Holding you and #GC2016 in prayer.
Rev. Carolyn Olney
United Church of Christ (serving as hospice chaplain)
Former United Methodist

Add my name in support. It's so past time to change our UMC discriminatory ways for all of us in the UMC.

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