For over 40 years, our United Methodist Church has been having a conversation about the question of homosexuality. How do we understand our human sexuality as a gift from God, to be celebrated within the boundaries God has created? What is right regarding marriage and church leadership for our brothers and sisters who are gay or lesbian? How does the church welcome all people?
More recently, this question has come to the fore as some clergy and laity in our denomination have violated church law which prohibits marriage for gays and lesbians. Meanwhile, others have called for an amicable split among United Methodists.
It is clear that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we disagree on these questions. Our bishop has called us to pray about these things, and to talk with one another about God’s will for our Church.
In worship on February 8th and 15th, 2015, Pastor Brad McMullen preached on the question of homosexuality and the future of our United Methodist Church. These sermons are available on the Sermon Archives page. Also, on both of those afternoons, we shared in a Holy Conversation about homosexuality and our Church. We sought to listen to God’s Spirit, the Scriptures, and to each other.
Back in November, our Virginia Annual Conference had a similar conversation. You can find video from that day here: http://new.livestream.com/VAUMC/HolyConversation.
May God bless us as we seek faithfulness to Jesus Christ and do our best to love God and our neighbor.