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Pastor’s heart aches over denomination’s LGBTQ policies

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My heart aches for the denomination that I love, but more importantly, it aches for my LGBTQ sisters and brothers who feel unloved and unwanted by the church. I want to tell them right now, unequivocally, that nothing could be farther from the truth.

I want to tell them they are created in the image of God just like I am, that they have sacred worth and that they are welcome and always will be welcome at Edgerton Memorial UMC, and all the other worshiping bodies of our denomination.

I support the mission of the United Methodist Church, which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We need everyone engaged to accomplish that mission. Everyone.

The impact for our denomination remains to be seen. As other pastors have shared, we need to take this time to lament, mourn and heal. After we take some time to do that, we have to continue with our mission.

We have to continue participating with God as we build God’s Kingdom here on earth. That type of work doesn’t know color, gender or sexual orientation. That kind of work knows and takes love.

We follow the lead of our Savior and try to the best of our ability to love everyone as He loved us. Everyone.

Clay Parker


The writer is pastor of Edgerton Memorial United Methodist Church in Selma.