Local Methodist Leader Discusses Gay Clergy

by Larry Little

A gay Methodist minister will plead her case in Houston tomorrow. When the clergywoman told her congregation she was gay, she was removed and later regained her credentials. Now, she'll go back before the council for a final decision.

The head pastor of the United Methodist Church in Lufkin believes everyone should be treated with dignity in the church, but doesn't find homosexuality compatible with their teachings.

"It's not that our church doesn't feel these people don't have gifts. Our teaching is [that the] homosexual lifestyle is incompatible with our teachings. I happen to agree with that and support that as a delegate to our last general conference," says the Reverend Carol Turner.

The panel is expected to rule next week on whether to revoke her credentials.