Thursday, August 10, 2006
I have been kind of hard on the senior pastor. He has been kind of slippery as to his exact feelings about the who "gays in the pulpit" thing. Finally, yesterday, I asked him, point blank, "What do you feel about the ELCA ruling about gays?" He said that his opinion has changed. He is not totally jumped on the gay pastor bandwagon, but he is much more likely to be accepting of gay pastors. He said that he was not quite all the way there, but he was much closer than he was a couple of months ago.
If nothing else, my coming out to my congregation has helped the senior pastor to learn that gay people are not scary and not necessarily what TV portrays. Gay folks can be "just like real people!"