A gay man of faith reflects on NC's Amendment One
Arlene G. Taylor serves on the Session of the Church of the Reconciliation, a welcoming and affirming More Light Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Arlene attended the ordination service of Katie Ricks on April 15.
Please pray for the friends and family of 14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn of Primghar, Iowa. Kenneth took his life on Saturday after being bullied for coming out as a gay teen a few months ago. Kenneth's friends and family describe him as a happy young man, handsome and full of life. After coming out of the closet, the bullying Kenneth experienced was relentless.
The United Church of Christ has published a helpful brochure and resource with tips for evangelism for open and affirming churches. When working with your church community:
We give thanks to God that this is a new day in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The passage of the 219th General Assembly's Ordination Amendment 10-A last year, now G-2.0104 in our Book of Order, allows for the ordination of qualified LGBT candidates for ministry. Qualifications for ministry focus once again on faith and character rather than sexual orientation or marital status.