By Lindsay Schnell
Nica Sy felt devastated as she stared at her laptop screen. How could the church that had baptized her, raised her, nurtured her and encouraged her to explore ordained ministry say she was unworthy, just because of her sexuality?
Sy, 20, a Filipino American college student who identifies as a lesbian, had watched a livestream of a global gathering of the United Methodist Church where church leaders voted to continue a ban on same-sex marriages and openly LGBTQ people from serving as clergy. Liberal leaders within the church had pushed for giving individual churches and clergy autonomy over such issues but were narrowly outvoted.
“That was a really monumental moment, the rejection of who I am,” Sy said. “But I also had this feeling of, ‘I’m not gonna let this happen to my church.’ ”
Her reaction wasn’t unique – and it might be a preview of what’s to come.
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