The Judicial Council’s decision in the case of Frank Schaefer is a reason to celebrate. In many ways, it is the clearest sign to date of the shape of the victory in the war over the place of LGBT persons within The United Methodist Church. Inclusion will win decisively and irrevocably in this church because it is the heart of the Gospel of this church and every church that loves Jesus.
And yet, as much as I want to celebrate today, I can’t let myself because not all of us were lucky enough to have Frank as a father.
I am sad today for all of us who grew up as kids in United Methodist parsonages, whose parents – who were also our pastors – participated not in our liberation but colluded in our diminishment.