This article was excerpted from the Florida Conference e-Connection, as originally written by
Susan Green|July 26, 2013:
ORLANDO – Bishop Ken Carter is encouraging churches across the Florida Conference to welcome gays and lesbians in worship and ministry.
At a regularly scheduled gathering of St. Luke’s UMC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender cluster group Thursday, Carter encouraged United Methodists to welcome people of all sexual orientations with a spirit of “generous orthodoxy.” The full 5,000-member St. Luke’s congregation and clergy from other churches were invited to hear the message.
The bishop noted in his remarks that he was speaking in a pastoral and missional context, not in legal or political terms, and he was not advocating a break with the denomination’s Book of Discipline, the principles of which he has promised to uphold. His statement did not address issues of ordination and marriage that have been debated in recent years. To read the statement, click here.