Megan and Candice: Year One
"The Reconciling In Christ program continues to expand! Join us in welcoming Light of the World Lutheran Church, the first RIC setting in Dakota County, Minnesota.
"All are welcome—no exceptions!’ has been the tagline that has grounded this congregation during their time of pastoral transition. The RIC program is another way they have chosen to live out this commitment. We are grateful for their ministry in and around Farmington, Apple Valley, Lakeville and Rosemount."
So thankful to be at my internship congregation.
When a classmate suggests that LGBT people are unfit for ministry
+10 nerd cred for use of LGBT Harry Potter character!
We told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality. Choosing God, practically, meant living a lifetime condemned to being alone. So, just before his 18th birthday, Ryan, depressed, suicidal and disillusioned, made a new choice.
Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, in the announcement that EI is shutting down.
Hi, anon! Great question.
The church I work at belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This denomination permits (officially as of 2009) people in “publicly-accountable lifelong monogamous same-gender relationships” to serve as pastors. Lots of ELCA congregations have openly gay pastors, staff, members, and families.
I have always made it clear in my ordination process (and ministry life in general) that I am gay, and have talked openly about my partner. I was open in my paperwork, my interview, and the first several times I was introduced to the congregation officially.
So! The answer is a very strong yes. I am very lucky.
8. A huge multi-faith coalition of people of faith was absolutely essential to the victory. While I am proud of the long-standing support of my clan, Unitarian Universalists, for marriage equality, my hat is off to the Evangelical Lutherans on this one. In Minnesota, they made all the difference. And the vocal Catholics who stood up to the leadership of their faith were deeply inspiring.
*But not too proud.
Twelfth state to make gay marriage legal.
I heart you, MN.