The Disciples of Christ church (commonly referred to as the Christian Church) have arrived at a decision to allow openly LGBT individuals to become ordained as clergy.
The decision was made at the church’s General Assembly in Orlando, California during the July 13-17 meeting.
“Be it further resolved that the General Assembly calls upon the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to affirm the faith, baptism and spiritual gifts of all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that neither is grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church, but we celebrate that all are part of God’s good creation,” the resolution stated, according to Gay Star News.
Although the Christian Church, with more that 600,000 members, as an institution will be allowing openly LGBT members to serve on the clergy, they are not making this a ‘law of the land’ mandate–each individual church will have the right to make their on decision on who to accept as ordained service members and who to turn away. The church will also not mandate the performance of same-sex marriages, however the option exists.
Rev Dr. Sharon Watkins wrote a letter to churchgoers explaining the decision to allow LGBT members. “It serves as a reminder that among Disciples we do not bar the church door or fence the table from those who desire the embrace of God’s love,” the letter stated.