Setting a Grace-Full Table: A Pastoral Letter on Sexual Orientation

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sexuality is a very live issue in our culture.  In Minnesota, the proposed Marriage Amendment and recent accounts of bullying in the Anoka-Hennepin School District keep the issue in the front of our minds as well as on our television screens.  Here at First Christian, we are discerning whether or not to become an Open and Affirming Congregation.  Faithful Christians end up on different ends of the debate, making it difficult for us to be church together.

In this context, Rev. Sharon Watkins, the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), spoke earlier this month on how to be in fellowship at the Lord’s Table even when we disagree on the issues of the day, including the role of LGBT persons in the life of the Body of Christ.  I hope you will take a moment read the letter or watch the video.  I also hope you will take a moment to prayerfully consider Rev. Watkins’ letter and seek to be graceful to each other.

I’ve been a Disciple for over 15 years.  One of the things that I think led me to the Disciples and keeps me here is the centrality of the Table.  It’s never been my table or First Christian’s table, but Christ’s table.  Everyone belongs at that table, no matter who we are.  May we find ways to welcome each other to God’s plentiful table.

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