|Benedictory – A letter to my friends considering leaving|
|Written by Heidi Husted Armstrong|
|Friday, 25 October 2013 10:00|
I’ve had the luxury of returning as a regular pew sitter to a small but thriving congregation I served some years ago, where I recently facilitated a gathering titled “Can We Talk? Conversations Around Same-Sex Partnerships,” which was based on the premise that “we need to do less emailing — and more talking face to face.” Funny thing is, after long conversations with several friends (fellow congregants) who are inclined to leave the congregation over homosexuality, I found myself writing a letter in response to their various concerns.
I’ll admit — my mind and heart are still reeling at the prospect of you leaving this congregation. It just makes me so sad. The more I think about it, though, it seems so unnecessary (and dare I say it?), in my humble opinion — even wrong. While I sympathize with “your position,” I end up in a very different place … .
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Heidi Husted Armstrong has just completed service as interim pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash.