united methodist church

telling my story of faith + exclusion and the rebellious act of being me

18 May 2016 lbgtq, spirit + soul

i am sitting on my couch in my home, the home that i am so amazingly blessed to own with my wife, watching the clouds disperse outside my living window. the sun is beginning to peek out and shine brightly. it’s early evening, almost 8 pm, and no where near sunset yet. birds are chirping and singing. i sigh a deep, long, satisfied sigh. one that comes from that personal inner space of peace and harmony. and i give thanksRead More

getting married? need someone to do the ceremony? ask me!!

8 Oct 2014 culture + art, lbgtq

over the past year i have had various people ask me if i could marry them = be the officiant at their wedding. actually, i’ve had that question asked of me previous years as well, it’s just that in the past 12 months there have been quite a few people, one right after another, who have wanted me to perform their ceremony. of course, i’ve always had to decline. in case you don’t know, here is why (i think!) i haveRead More

sometimes you gotta be defrocked in order to live with integrity.

20 Dec 2013 culture + art, lbgtq

do you remember this post of mine from about a month ago? i shared with y’all my views, thoughts, and experiences over some of the injustices happening in the united methodist church (UMC), my home denomination. i was not a happy camper – and i’m still not. at that time, there was a church trial for a UMC minister, frank schaefer, who had performed a same-sex marriage, which goes against one of the rules in the book of discipline, theRead More

open hearts? no. open minds? no. open doors? no. open wounds? yes!

19 Nov 2013 culture + art, lbgtq

friends, it’s happening again. love is on trial. you know, when people get together and begin to decide who is right and who is wrong. who gets to love whom. who gets to get married and to whom. and, in this case, who gets to do the marrying. if you don’t know this already, here is a little background info on me: i grew up in the united methodist church, and am still a member. though, not so active now.Read More

what does it mean to be open?

i’m gonna take a little break in the berlin posts now that i’m halfway through them. i have something even more important than travel to write about today. you may or may not know that i work in a church as a minister. well, i do. and i have worked in churches (in the states & in sweden) for about 9 years of the past 16 years of my professional life. i have a master’s degree in divinity (theology), andRead More

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