An entire confirmation class at the First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska have denounced the Church over its anti-LGBTI policies.
The small class of eight students, ages 13 and 14, announced they would not be joining the Church at their confirmation. Right in front of other church-goers, the group read a letter they penned to the Church.
Watch a video of them reading their letter below:
In case you needed a reason to believe that this generation will save us all, here it is. The entire confirmation class at First United Methodist Omaha decided not to join at this time in protest of the UMC’s anti lgbtq+ policies. 🌈❤️ pic.twitter.com/mDjwMTu9ZJ
— Sheri Shuler (@SheriShuler) April 28, 2019
‘We have spent the year learning about our faith and clarifying our beliefs,’ the letter reads. ‘Most of us started the confirmation year assuming that we would join the church at the end. But with the action of the general conference in February, we are disappointed about the direction the United Methodist denomination is heading.’
‘We are concerned that if we join at this time, we will be sending a message that we approve of this decision. We want to be clear that, while we love our congregation, we believe that the United Methodist policies on LGBTQ+ clergy and same sex marriage are immoral. Depending on how this church responds to the general conference action, we will decide at a later time whether or not to become officially confirmed.’
‘But until then, we will continue to stand up against the unjust actions that the denomination is taking. We are not standing just for ourselves. We are standing for every single member of the LGBTQ+ community who is hurting right now. Because we were raised in this church, we believe that if we all stand together as a whole, we can make a difference.’
Surprisingly, the rest of the congregation in attendance gave the students a standing ovation. Following the ceremony, the Church treated the group to dinner and gifted each student with a journal.