As the members of the WUCC lay the groundwork toward a formal vote to adopt an Open & Affirming statement, I asked Rev. Mark Pitton for a non-confrontational response to someone who says “The bible says same-gender relations are forbidden.”
His response is just what I was looking for: “”Having read the bible we know what you are referring to. We are referring to the parts of the bible that speak, even more clearly, about God’s love and care for all creatures. We read more in scripture about God’s embrace than God’s exclusion. So, like God, we are embracing everyone.”
That was just what I was looking for.