I like being born in 1950. It feels so central. It’s easy to calculate how old I am. Last year I hit classic retirement age. I also hit marking about 20 years out to myself, and the world, as bisexual.
Editor’s note: The following letter was submitted by 141 religious leaders from Indiana.
Last month, I attended the More Light Presbyterians Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a powerful experience to reconnect with LGBTQ and ally colleagues in ministry and to dream together about what the future of the church looks like beyond just queer inclusion.
I have a friend named Felipe who frequently attends worship celebrations at our church.
In Australia, clergy are "coming out" for marriage equality in ever increasing numbers. This is because of their experience of working with people at the most personal of levels.
Through such interaction they have seen that profound love and deep commitment is at the very essence of the human person.
On August 1, 2015 I will be involuntarily removed from the work of my calling. I will have gone to sleep the night before as an ordained United Methodist minister of the gospel, only to awaken in the morning as a suspended pastor in The United Methodist Church.
Brandiilyne Dear, a pastor at the inclusive and welcoming Joshua Generation Metropolitan Community Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is an LGBT advocate working to accelerate acceptance in her home state of Mississippi and beyond. Brandiilyne also founded
As the old term says so aptly, "Silence=Death." As a preacher and a pastor, I know this to be true. As a religious person, I know personally the silence that is incubated by religious communities and the destruction that it creates. I, for one, want to break that silence.