I came across another inspiring story today. This one features a pastor from another United Methodist Church.
It must be difficult to be a female pastor in an institution or faith that generally frowns upon the notion of a woman pastor. Religion and pastoral positions seem to always be a patriarchal hierarchy– a Men’s Only profession it seems. Many faith groups have very strong beliefs about women being ordained and joining the priesthood. Yet suppose that is only half the concern. Suppose you are a woman pastor with a secret that has become an overwhelming burden to carry. Suppose you see an opportunity to be a guide for others who share secrets similar to your own? What then? Suppose you are considering coming out of the closet?
How tough must it be to be not only a woman in the role of pastor in a traditionally conservative environment, but also a woman who wishes she could openly identify as lesbian? Suppose you feel ashamed from hiding in the closet? Suppose you are tired and frustrated in not being able to live fully as your true and genuine self?