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Lead pastor at UM church comes out to her congregation during sermon

Lead pastor at UM church comes out to her congregation during sermon

‘At last I am choosing to serve in that role with full authenticity and as my genuine self – as a woman who loves and shares my life with another woman.’

Those were the words of Reverend Cynthia Meyer, 53, who chose her first sermon of 2016 to come out to her congregation.

Meyer is the lead pastor of her United Methodist (UM) Church in Egerton, Kansas. She was ordained 25 years ago.

‘My decision to speak out and do that through a sermon for my congregation came long before the “It’s Time” campaign” [a religion and sexuality sensitivity campaign]’, she told the United Methodist News Service.

‘Its been a calling on my heart for quite some time.’

The UM church’s teaching, written in The Book of Discipline, say homosexuality is ‘incompatible with Christian teaching.’ It’s bishop, Scott Jones, has not commented.

Her actual congregation has been ‘beautifully supportive and affirmative’ Meyer says.

The diversity of beliefs about homosexuality within the UM church are cause of current controversies. Last year, Rev. Rob Schmutz of Park City resigned after a resolution was passed that said churches who performed a gay marriage would not be trialled.