April 9, 2017

The Church and Homosexuality: A Call to Reexamine a Traditional Stance

From time to time I have fielded questions regarding ethical and theological issues. One burning question over which churches agonize concerns homosexuality. A friend of mine on a Yahoo! group for which I occasionally make written contributions asked about how the other members of the group feel about the question. She put her question this way: “How do people in the group feel about gays in church?” I wanted to reply to her question but needed some time to reflect. I wrote stating that I offer these thoughts as an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. I stand within this tradition. Below I offer the essential answer I wrote along with some additional thoughts on the topic.