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Congregation at an Indiana Methodist Church Supports Gay Choir Director Who Resigned

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A congregation at a Methodist church in Indiana stood behind their choir director who was forced to step down from his position because he was presumed gay. The choir director, Adam Fraley, took the job as choir director at the United Methodist Church six years ago.  According to The Herald Bulletin, he was not openly gay while working at the church, but his “significant other” attended services at the church. Earlier this year, a new minister was hired and said he was not “comfortable” with Fraley in the position of church choir director.

The statement in the church bulletin said Farley resigned because of his workload and his discomfort working with the new leadership. It seemed like things were going look up for Fraley when a new minister was named just six months later. The congregation hoped Fraley would return, but as of yet, he hasn’t.

But this may be the reason why:

It seems that United Methodist Church law states gay people are allowed to attend services, but are not allowed to serve in positions of leadership. The official guidelines on the topic state:

“The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.”

According to some members of The United Methodist Church, the law just pertains to ordained positions, not other positions in the church.

So what are your thoughts? Is this just another example of discrimination? Is it the church’s right to react as it did? If so, should the United Methodist Church change that law?

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