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May 25, 2014

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Dr. Dorothee Benz, Rev. Doug Cunningham, Rev. Vicki Flippin and Rev. Scott Summerville

Over the last eight months, week in and week out, We Did authors have told stories of flesh-and-blood people whom they ministered to and whose weddings they performed. Some of the stories have been heartbreaking (the couple who wanted to get married before death claimed one of them) or dramatic (the couple that fell in love after one nearly [...]

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I would make the same decision again

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Frank Schaefer

When my son Tim was in high school, I received a phone call one day from a woman in the community. She wanted to remain anonymous but she said it was very urgent. She said, “I know that your son is struggling with his sexual identity and he is considering taking his own life.” I was in disbelief.  My wife and I sat down with him and asked him, and [...]

I would not be the one who said no to this couple

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Dr. Emily B. Hall

In the spring of 2011 friends of mine came to me and asked me if I would officiate at their wedding.  These two people are two of my closest friends.  Jane who is a man who identifies as trans and Jill who identifies as bisexual.

Having many questions, mostly around the traditional views of sex, and orientation, I asked a couple thousand questions about their relationship, polyamory, [...]

A beautiful expression of their hopes and dreams

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Martha Morrison

One of the more memorable experiences of my ministry occurred at Washington Square UMC in New York City, where I served as pastor during the mid- to late-1980s.

One day I was approached by two men who were probably in their early forties in age.  They asked if I would consider officiating at a holy union for them within the next few months.  (There was no gay legal marriage at that time).  They [...]


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