By M Barclay
New England Conference Board of Ordained Ministry committed to justice and fairness for all ordination candidates
We further stand with those in other annual conferences who have pledged themselves to evaluate, support, equip and deploy candidates for ministry based solely upon an understanding of their gifts for ministry and their readiness to serve Jesus Christ
Testimony from Davis Covin
The Clergy Session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The UMC did not accept the recommendation of the BOOM to vote T.C. Morrow into provisional membership as a deacon.
NYAC Board of Ordained Ministry engages Biblical Obedience and ends discrimination against LGBTQ candidates for ministry
What the Discipline does is more sinister than exclusion; it is coercion and oppression. It has no way of knowing who is queer until we voluntarily identify ourselves.
I realized that neither God nor my call has changed. It is I that has changed.
We are exhausted by church leaders whose fidelity to institutional covenants and rules trump their own personal commitments to Christ and to the gospel.
By Jarell Wilson: We were more like family, immediately.
Such love has empowered so many beloved queer children of God to say to this church, “I know you will hurt me. I know you will mess up in the worst possible way. And I still love you.”
Through this incredibly transformational journey, we began to witness the Beloved Community. We also began to fall in love.
“Coming out in Maputo was totally a different experience. It was all about grace and truth-telling.”
As long as injustices towards our LGBTQ siblings are maintained systematically in our ordination process, all of us as the body of Christ are held captive to evil. I am a participant in this system and tainted by an unclean spirit.
Be Encouraged! will welcome GLBTQ inquirers and candidates from across the connection, offering them a weekend filled with strategy, support, and encouragement.