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April 21, 2014

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
This special Easter edition of We Did is a “He Did” story in honor of our late, great friend Rev. Richard S. Parker.
As told by Rev. Jack King

Richard S. Parker held her tenderly in his arms and looked into her eyes as he lifted one hand to her head and said, “Charissa Elizabeth, I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”  Flash forward 29 [...]

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Accountable to God first

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Andie Raynor

As I drove to the home where the wedding was to take place, I was a little nervous—not because I was officiating a marriage ceremony between two women, but rather because I had my small children in tow.  And the reason I was nervous about bringing the children had nothing to do with the couple getting married; it had everything to do with the fact that my very active [...]

A gay Disney wedding

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Ted Gault

I was a local preacher in a big church in Rochester, Minnesota.  Late one afternoon a couple came into the church office asking to be married that evening.  The pastor was on vacation and the associate pastor had another engagement and so I presided over my first wedding in the near-empty nave of a church that had a resident bat in its belfry. It was July 1951. I have [...]

The eyes of God

We Did: Stories of United Methodists living marriage equality
By Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker

“Okay, I’ll officiate at your wedding again,” I told my lifelong friend Josephine—then added with mock seriousness, “But two’s my limit!”

Josephine (called Jo by those who knew her) and I were in our thirties.  We had been the best of friends ever since our kindergarten class in P.S. 44 on Staten Island.  When I was seven years old, my family moved to Long Island, because my father, [...]


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