Where do I go?

Where do I go?

I was sitting in Rev. Vance Rains’ office at the Florida State Wesley Foundation the first time I said the words “I’m gay” out loud to any other living human. I specify because of the countless memories I have of telling people in dreams, and also prayerfully...
Designer Original

Designer Original

  “You know, what? I love you.” Only the Reverend Allen Belton seems to be able to get away with saying this upon meeting someone for the first time. Coming from any of the rest of us, it’s just weird and unconventional. And yet, as he arrived at this year’s...
My Confirmation Journey

My Confirmation Journey

When my Mom told me that the Confirmation class was going to begin, I was really excited. I’ve seen other Confirmation classes at other churches and it looked fun and important. I’ve always known that the United Methodist Church was where I wanted to grow up and...
Christ > General Conference

Christ > General Conference

Why am I a United Methodist? It’s a fair question. I didn’t grow up in this denomination. To be fair, it’s a bit of a stretch to say I grew up in the church at all; I’m more of a convert. I know what you’re thinking. A young person? Converting to United Methodism? Is...
The Slow Build

The Slow Build

circa 1995 In 1995, the summer I left for college, I stood in the pulpit at Tennessee Annual Conference to speak in support of a piece of legislation I’d proposed. As a young person interested in studying the claims of my denomination, I was tired of finding...
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