I am a seminarian in Madison, NJ. I am under care on track to become a Minister of Word and Sacrament with the RCA Reform Church in America and am a member of Athenia Reform Church in Nj.
I recently read the RCA’s policy regarding homosexuality. Although it urges humane treatment of gays, it considers homosexual practice to be a sin “no more or less serious than other sins”.
I am despondent. How can I represent a church whose policy this is?
This is a very progressive school and I am very comfortable there. I really would prefer to remain in their M.Div program with a clear conscience that I am doing the right thing.
What Christian denomination accepts all forms of love as “good” in God’s eyes? I am considering changing denominations to reflect my personal view that gay love is just as pleasing to God as hetero love.
Please please help me.
I really feel your despondence. It is always difficult to read we that are to be treated “humanely” as if we were some lower animal form and further to be told that our love is a sin.
Since, I am a pastor in an independent Christian GLBT church, I am not sure I can tell you how to represent a church with an anti-gay policy. In one sense you can’t, because you would be lying to about 10% of the congregation.
Since you are comfortable with your seminary, I would advise you to finish your studies there but also start to look at some other options for ordained ministry. I will give you at least three websites you can check out. These are GLBT friendly churches and certainly their theology is progressive.
Also they have a group called United Church of Christ Coalition for GLBT Concerns.
In addition you might check with your local Episcopal Church as they have some who are ordaining openly gay folks and placing them in churches.
So my dear child of God, while your situation is frustrating, it is not without hope for remember nothing is impossible with God!
Editor-in-Chief of Whosoever and Founding and Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta, where Whosoever Founder and Editor Emeritus Rev. Candace Chellew was ordained, Rev. Paul M. Turner grew up in suburban Chicago and was ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1989. He and his husband Bill have lived in metro Atlanta since 1994.