An Open Letter from the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus

A Wider Bridge is proud to stand with Lea Matthews and Monica Corsaro, the alumni of our Leadership Missions, working for full inclusion of Queer Clergy in the United Methodist Church.

Dear United Methodist Church,

In a week, our Judicial Council will be called into session to decide on the worthiness of the ministries and lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) clergy persons who have been examined, voted upon, and overwhelmingly affirmed by faithful United Methodist clergy and laity. These cases stem from questions of legality and briefs filed after the licensing, commissioning, and ordination of queer clergy in New York Annual Conference, Northern Illinois Annual Conference, and the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto. We, your LGBTQI clergy, write to you before their session begins to respond in love to this harm.

We, as the community of queer clergy that represent over 170 persons in 26 annual conferences, stand together: we are all one body and one church. Together we affirm and are proud of our denomination’s core beliefs and mission. We are deeply committed to introducing new people to the Way of Jesus, challenging all people (ourselves included) to grow in holiness and justice, and taking missional risks for the Gospel. While these questions, briefs and complaints are filed against some LGBTQI individuals, we consider them to be against all of us. These actions can also be considered as a general attack on the evangelism, discipleship, and mission potential of the United Methodist movement. They are hurtful to us, and they are hurtful to the whole Church. We write on behalf of our full queer clergy connection, acknowledging all those who identify as LGBTQI within and beyond our denomination who feel rejected and alienated from the church, a place purported to be the epicenter of Christ’s radical, unconditional, and unbounded love. Continue reading and express your support on umqcc.org