A Word of Hope from African LGBTQI People (GC2016 Newsletter May 15)

At the 2020 General Conference, it will be more than 50 years since the UMC passed the “incompatible with Christian teaching” language.

Bishop Joseph Tolton of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries grew into the fullness of his being in a conservative Black Pentecostal context as a young gay man of faith. On Monday night he will share a  word of hope from LGBTQI people in Africa. Bishop Tolton has been on the ground in Africa every year for the last six years to reach out to faith leaders and LGBTQI church members to build a  Pan-African bridge of support for sexual minorities. The courage of allies and LGBTQI people is an inspiration to United Methodists who care about sexual minorities. The journey is long but the reward is great.

Today, there is more support than ever in Africa for the family of God who happen to be same-gender-loving people or who transcend narrow definitions of male and female.

Join us at 5:30 pm on Monday at the Jupiter Hotel (800 E. Burnside) for a word of hope, and then at 10:00 pm for communion!

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