Courage

If you’ve forgotten how much gumption it once took to be gay, read Susan Mabey’s account of her struggle to be a United Church minister in the early 1980s. It’s part of a package in the church’s house magazine celebrating the 25th anniversary of the historic 1988 decision that allowed openly gay men and women to become ministers in the United Church of Canada and it also includes a profile of Tim Stevenson, the first gay person to benefit from that decision. As usual, the pioneers are among the last to benefit from their actions. Mabey was eventually ordained in the Metropolitan Community Church but she remains mildly alienated from the United Church. She is now a teacher.

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