It seems everywhere we look, our society is mired in division and it is easy to become disheartened by these divisions. As faith and spiritual leaders we believe God's call is for continued reconciliation and justice for all people. It is our desire to lead communities, and provide spiritual guidance, about issues supporting efforts to bring about God's vision of peace and goodwill for all.
In this vein we take a public stance in support of marriage equality and celebrate the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing monogamous, committed, loving relationships between two adults regardless of sexual orientation.
As spiritual leaders we may hold different scriptures sacred, however, we are united in our belief that God celebrates with us and accepts loving relationships. An underlying theme uniting religious and spiritual traditions is radical hospitality and justice for all beings.
It is encouraging, then, that we have a courageous and justice-minded Supreme Court willing to do the right thing from a legal perspective. This decision in no way demands churches or other faith communities who disagree with same-sex marriage be required to perform them.
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It does, however, offer those of us who are given both civil and religious authority and who affirm these loving marriages the ability to celebrate and embrace relationships of those particular couples in our respective communities.
Likewise, we also celebrate the diversity of clergy leadership and faith communities who welcome, include and affirm same-sex couples and their families into full participation.
We look forward to a day when we truly have a world that works for everyone, where harmony and acceptance triumph over adversity and disharmony. We believe this decision brings us a step closer to that world.
This letter is signed by Robert Auchter, president UUFMC; the Rev. Laurie Brock, rector St. Michael's Episcopal Church; the Rev. Soni Cantrell, Ahava Center for Spiritual Living; Rev. Keila Carpenter Thomas, Saint Alban's Episcopal Church; the Rev. Mark T. Davis, teaching elder, First Presbyterian Church of Lexington; the Rev. Carol Devine; the Rt. Rev. Douglass Hahn, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington; the Rev. Esther Hurlburt, community minister, Unitarian Universalist; the Rev. Kent H. Gilbert and the Rev. Rachel Small-Stokes, Union Church (Berea); the Rev. Mark D. Johnson; the Rev. Pete Jones; the Rev. Nancy J. Kemper; Marianne McAdams, service leader, Unitarian Universalist; the Rev. Marsha J. Moors — Charles, Bluegrass United Church of Christ; the Rev. Steven T. Pace; the Rev. Chuck Queen; Fr. Johnnie Ross, St. Raphael's Episcopal Church; the Rev. Carol Ruthven, the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington; the Rev. David Shirey, Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); the Rev. Dalene Vasbinder, Woodland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Bishop Paul (Kenneth) Waibel, Orthodox-Catholic Church of America; Rabbi David Wirtschafter, Temple Adath Israel; the Rev. Gretchen L. Woods, interim minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington