Inclusion is encouragingBy Jean E. Snyder Pittsburgh
I was thrilled to read of the strong support of Goshen College students for gay and lesbian faculty and staff and that a pastor who performed a same-sex commitment ceremony had not been disciplined (May 23). It is encouraging to see these signs of hope that some in the Mennonite church understand that God’s creation includes our gloriously complex sexual natures, which cannot be stuffed into two little boxes marked “masculine” and “feminine” without serious violation of the law of love and of understanding that the mystery of sexuality is far more fluid than many of us have understood.
As there is no open and affirming Mennonite congregation in western Pennsylvania, my husband and I have affiliated with a wonderful Evangelical Lutheran congregation that welcomes and affirms everyone. It is full of people of all ages, economic status and ethnic backgrounds, including many young families who want their children to be nurtured in a community that honors the dignity and personhood of all. I wish that could be said of the Mennonite congregations near us.
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