Here’s the deal. We’re hypocrites. We’re hypocrites if we act on the side of grace and unconditional love on behalf of straight people and yet make a point not to do that for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. The vast majority of our population is straight (or at least straight-leaning bisexuals) – with only 5-8% of the population being gay or lesbian. You know what it’s called when the majority of the population allows the members of the majority to do something but then don’t allow a minority group to do it? It’s called scape-goating.
The Reconciling Ministries program in the United Methodist Church encourages and cultivates leadership among laypeople. An itinerant pastor’s beliefs may not be in line with the congregation’s; lay leadership also increases ownership of the process. So when a UM congregation adopts a “reconciling statement,” this comes from an effort within the congregation, not something imposed on it.
But as important as it is for a congregation to express its welcome to all people, in the UMC we do not ordain “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals”—and our clergy are not allowed to officiate at same-sex weddings, civil unions or commitment ceremonies.
That’s increasingly difficult for me to bear."
-Bromleigh McCleneghan in The Christian Century
P.S. I love the name Bromleigh McCleneghan