Earlier this year congregational leaders and members from a growing coalition of United Methodist churches working to eliminate gay and lesbian discrimination within the church announced the next steps being taken to challenge the denomination’s prohibition against same-sex marriages.
Building on the individual church movement to formally declare full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people, which has expanded rapidly within just the past few weeks, dozens of church members will stand together to announce details of upcoming action.
The formal “Declaration of Inclusion” to open church facilities to same-sex marriage ceremonies has now been adopted by nearly 50 United Methodist Church congregations in five western states. That number is mushrooming and the movement is now spreading across the nation.
This is the next step in the work to eliminate discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the United Methodist Church. The declaration is in defiance of the denomination’s rules under its Book of Discipline.
Susan Hunn, founder of Neighbors Reconciling Ministry team from the Federated Church in Placerville was one of the speakers. Other speakers were: Otto DeLeon, co-chairman of the Reconciling Ministries at St. Mark’s UMC in Carmichael; Mark Hedlund, lay leader at Elk Grove UMC; and Rev. Don Fado, Retired United Methodist Pastor.
For more information contact Fado at 916-489-6964.