“I felt compelled to begin to challenge my Church’s teachings, and also the social and cultural attitudes toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, because it was my call to ministry; it was what I understood I was to do as a minister. It was to help Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people know that they are loved by God, that they should love themselves and hold themselves in high esteem” – Jimmy Creech

Punished by the United Methodist Church after a 1998 trial led to a conviction for performing a same-gender union, the Rev. Jimmy Creech has continued his tireless ministry. As many Americans have moved relentlessly toward affirming his beliefs, Jimmy talks about a UMC bishop’s announcement that he will no longer subject clergy to trials in connection with violations of the Church’s ban on same-gender weddings.

(Among our ongoing coverage of this issue, be sure to see the State of Belief interview with the Rev. Robin Hynicka of Philadelphia, who hosted a wedding ceremony that included over 50 supportive clergy.)

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UMC Marriage: Jimmy Creech State of Belief Interview, March 15, 2014

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