Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you’ll never walk alone…….
You’ll never walk alone.

A few days ago, seventy five Methodist ministers outed themselves to congregations, leadership and to the community in writing an open letter of support for their recently defrocked colleague, Rev. Beth Stroud. After years of serving in silence, they have stepped forward and told their denominational family that they will no longer choose between vocation and honesty. They consciously risk losing their own ordinations in her support.

Next week, the Judiciary Committee of the UMC meets, and will be making crucial decisions on how to interpret the bylaws of the church. In the hope of Easter, I pray for these brave ministers, for the committee, and the whole of the Methodist church as they face the truth of a church already divided by homophobia.

And I pray for everyone who has every served the church from the closet, and I pray for a day when no one will have to make that choice. Until…

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you’ll never walk alone…….
You’ll never walk alone.

-sly

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