Mennonite Church USA
Ordains First Openly Homosexual ‘Pastor’
From First Mennonite Church of Denver (Colorado); http://www.fmcdenver.org/:
A SIMILAR, BUT MAYBE EVEN WORSE SITUATION HAS BEEN DEVELOPING IN MARYLAND
Cynthia Lapp speaks as a group of young Mennonites and ministers, wearing pink, gather to protest outside the Mennonite Church USA’s biannual meeting Thursday, July 2, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. Lapp, pastor of Hyattsville Mennonite Church in Hyattsville, Md., says her congregation has lost its voting rights within the church for welcoming gays and lesbians, and other congregations have been kicked out altogether.
"Twenty-seven-year-old Katie Hochstedler, who grew up in Kalona, Iowa, declared herself “a young queer Mennonite.”"
"Rev. Cynthia Lapp, pastor of a Mennonite church in Hyattsville, Md., said her congregation lost its voting rights within the denomination for welcoming gay worshippers in 2005. She declined to say whether they might face expulsion."
"Kristin Sampson, 32, leads a youth group at the Hyattsville church with her lesbian partner, 37-year-old Becca Walawender."