Reverend Cynthia Meyer, who has served the United Methodist Church for 25 years, opened up and came out to her church in a sermon this week.
“I’ve really felt led by the Holy Spirit and inspired to take a pretty bold step to be open about who I am in my identity and my relationship,” Rev. Cynthia Meyer of Edgerton United Methodist Church in Edgerton, Kansas, said during the sermon.
Rev. Meyer’s brave move comes ahead of the highly anticipated UMC General Conference in May where a debate on LGBT inclusion could impact the future of the 12.5 million-member denomination.
The United Methodist Book of Discipline, the denomination’s book of law, since 1972 has proclaimed that all people are of sacred worth but the “practice of homosexuality” is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” The denomination bans the performance of marriages for same-sex couples and “self-avowed practicing gay clergy.”
Rev. Dr. Denise Donnell, an ordained Methodist minister and Senior Faith organizer of HRC Arkansas, commended Rev. Cynthia Meyer “for her bold step in bearing witness to the world that just as she is, she is fearfully and wonderfully made by the One God who created us all as divine expressions of God's Self.”
“There is absolutely no doubt about it; God is raising up women and men - LGBT and non-LGBT allies - to stand firm on God's love and speak truth to power for the transformation of the world,” said Rev. Donnell.
To learn more about the United Methodist Church’s position on LGBT issues, visit HRC Foundation’s Faith Positions.