Statement of Commitment Testimony

Leslie Penrose Statement of Commitment Testimony CORNET NOTE: Leslie Penrose withdrew as United Methodist clergy in March, 1999. For an update about her and the church she pastors, visit Community of Hope. The Community of Hope is, as of February 2004, in an...

Statement of Commitment Testimony

Susan A. Ross Statement of Commitment Testimony It seems to me that It begins and ends with compassion. Our God is a compassionate, welcoming God. We are called to follow in that way. The UM Book of Discipline says that I, as a UM clergyperson, am to...

Thank You God

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet… Coincidences are God’s way of getting our attention.” – Frederick Buechner I was raised in a Christian home and taught that being gay is a sin. I went to a small...

There is Hope for Religion

I simply wanted to write to say THANK YOU!For years I have steadily moved farther away from any church affiliation because I just couldn’t believe the hatred that was coming from it. Religion has changed from the love and compassion Jesus taught, to a hate...

THANK YOU for your message of tolerance and love.

I can’t quite find the words to express how wonderful it was to find out you exist. I don’t live in Oklahoma, but I grew up in a United Methodist church, and left (in part) because I was gay. I turned away from the God of my understanding for many years...

Gay is Okay

My daughter, who is a 7th grader, came home two weeks ago with a homework assignment.  She was to write and deliver a speech that highlighted a problem she and her peers are facing.  She said that most of her classmates were preparing speeches on bullying or alcohol,...

Saw the ad in the Tulsa World.

Saw the ad in the Tulsa World. Had to read it twice to believe what I was seeing! Thanks for my gay friends. I attend All Souls Unitarian. I was raised Methodist but left about 10 years ago. Was fed up in general with Christian belief creeds and esp those that...

Do biblical teachings mean nothing to you?

  Do biblical teachings mean nothing to you?  Just where is the list of UMC clergy that you say are part of your organization?  I\’m sure Bishop Hayes would also like to know.  If you can\’t support the Methodist book of discipline, it\’s time for...