Originally Posted by chuck2pastor
My name is Chuck and I've been a United Methodist pastor for 25 years. I'm married with two wonderful daughters. I'm scared out of my mind to be writing on this forum, but I have been struggling for so long, that I need to get this out. I am gay, and I am glad to say that I do have some close friends that I am out to; I'd like to be more open, but the consequences of that are too much for me to handle -- right now. In my area, there is a group called Grace for All which is working for the full inclusion of GLBT persons in the life of the church; while the members are mostly UM, the group is ecumenical in nature.
Right now, I feel like I'm going off the deep end. I just pray this isn't the biggest mistake I've ever made in my life, and somehow I believe that just the opposite is going to prove to be the case.
Welcome, Chuck. Thank you for having the courage to share about yourself and your situation. I am glad you are not completely alone, and that you've come to talk with us.
Do not feel that you are under any kind of pressure to take steps or make decisions that might not be right for you, or that might not be timely. We're all here to be friends and supports for one another, through all kinds of challenges from the monumental to the mundane.
I hope you will enjoy being part of this group, and that you'll stick around, sharing back and forth with us. Let us know if we can offer our collective listening ear, and be of support to you. This is a great bunch of people here.
I'm very glad you posted here. You're safe.