We celebrate the courage of these United Methodist LGBTQI religious leaders who, in coming out to their church, have risked their own security in order to share the fullness of their gifts with their faith communities and the United Methodist Church. We acknowledge their desire to remain in relationship with the United Methodist Church and to continue to answer the call to ministry as United Methodists. Their act of boldness is an example for all people of faith of what it means to embody one’s faith and sexuality with wholeness and integrity.
We affirm the call of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people to ordained ministry, and we embrace the gifts LGBTQI people bring to faith communities. We recognize that there is a long history of LGBTQI people answering the call to serve in faith communities, including as religious leaders. This service has furthered justice, transformation, and flourishing in both faith communities and society.
As siblings in faith, we join with these United Methodist LGBTQI religious leaders in praying that the United Methodist Church will stop harming LGBTQI persons, and we commit ourselves to a world where sexual and gender diversity are understood as a blessing that enriches all.
*NOTE: This statement is open to all religious leaders outside of the United Methodist Church, of any sexual orientation or gender identity. If you have signed a previous statement of support, we encourage you to sign this one as well.