Readers React: Church Riven Over Gay Clergy

I am very grateful that I get to return home to the Mountain Sky area to continue the work we’ve begun there. The decision was confusing and I think it reflects the confusion we have in the church regarding human sexuality in general and the role that L.G.B.T.Q. people have in the life of the church. We’re not of one mind. And instead of offering each other grace, and allowing a difference of opinion to exist, we’ve become more rule-bound, which is creating fractures in the United Methodist Church. I think inherent to United Methodism is a grace that allows for tension of differences to exist.

I know there are people that are very upset that I’m a bishop in the church, but I’m committed to being a bishop that cares for them and…

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