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An Open Letter to the Board Of Ordained Ministry of The Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church

To the Board Of Ordained Ministry of The Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church:

I am writing to share my thoughts regarding the recommendation of Mary Ann Barclay (née Kaiser) by the Austin District Board of Ordained Ministry. Some of you may already have made a decision regarding Mary Ann’s official continuance on the track toward ordination based upon her honest declaration that she is a lesbian in a committed relationship. Perhaps some of you have yet to decide. I know that each of you is prayerfully weighing your influence and responsibility as a gatekeeper. Those of you who know of my support for marriage equality and gay ordination in the UMC may have some idea of what I want to say in this letter. I ask, however, that as a covenantal courtesy you read my reflections before making a final decision regarding Mary Ann, knowing that, like you, I take seriously my ministerial responsibilities in the United Methodist Church, as I have done since my first appointment 35 years ago.

I would like you to consider the difference between the candidacy process you and I experienced and the process that Mary Ann is experiencing. I entered Read More    

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