New group aims for LGBTQ full inclusion

The Rev. Donald E. Messer, pictured on the left, is an organizer of the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy, a group that does not believe church unity should come at the expense of LGBTQ Christians. Bishop Charlene Kammerer pictured on the right will be the keynote speaker at the group’s November event.

Rev. Donald E. Messer has long promoted church unity, but he says that unity should not come at the expense of LGBTQ Christians. He is an organizer of the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy, or ARC, a new group that hopes to spread that message across the denomination.

The United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy will have its first public gathering for laity and clergy Nov. 14 with Bishop Charlene Kammerer as its keynote speaker. The event, aimed at moving “Toward an Inclusive Church,”  will be at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, in Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb. The agenda will include how the church can help dismantle racism, as well as how the denomination can be more inclusive of LGBTQ members.

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— Trish Gunby