Why some are choosing to stay in The United Methodist Church...
by Rick Reinhard
I stay at Foundry Church in Washington, DC, despite the carryings-on of the United Methodist Church hierarchy. I tell people I go to Foundry Church, leaving the "United Methodist" part out. I do not consider myself to be a Methodist. I consider Foundry's relationship with the UMC to be the Foundry leadership's problem, not mine as a back-bencher. A childish view? Perhaps. But I cannot reconcile being a member of an institution that officially considers me to be second class or worse, hypocritically framing their opinions in "prayerful" language. Our wonderful pastor is retiring next summer. If the bishop appoints someone less simpatico to LGBT, immigrant and women's causes, I will vote with my feet; there are plenty of good choices in our great city.
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Reasons I Stay is a project of Reconciling Ministries Network dedicated to share the stories of individuals who have decided to stay in The United Methodist Church despite its descriminatory, unjust, immoral rules against LGBTQ persons. It is part of the Biblical Obedience movement sweeping across The United Methodist Church. We recognize that staying is not the right and healthy choice for all people, and we celebrate those too who have chosen to leave to more inclusive faith communities. You can read all the Reasons I Stay stories here. We invite you to submit your own story to Reasons I Stay.