Today Minnesota United Methodists voted to speak publicly against the marriage amendment coming before voters in November.
This is no small thing.
We join the ranks of Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and the United Church of Christ in Minnesota; all have voted to speak out against this attempt to legislate oppression.
What makes this decision poignant is that unlike the above named denominations, our denomination corporately holds a stance on homosexuality much like that of the Catholic Church. Many of us work hard on seeking change in that regard.
For the MN Annual Conference to overwhelmingly support public opposition to legislative oppression means that we claimed our call to advocate for justice.
I am a hope filled woman. I am moved by the witness and advocacy that has taken place for decades in order for this church I love to step out and speak out. I am aware of the work yet to be done and the wounds yet real.
But today. On June 1st in St Cloud Minnesota, United Methodists spoke their hearts.
And I do believe we are a changed people.
Thanks be to God.