Mennonite Congregation in Denver Takes First Step to Ordaining Homosexual Clergy Member

On Sunday (Feb. 2), a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed Theda Good, the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination. Photo courtesy of Theda Good, First Mennonite Church of Denver

On Sunday (Feb. 2), a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed Theda Good, the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination. Photo courtesy of Theda Good, First Mennonite Church of Denver

On Sunday (Feb. 2), a regional body of Mountain States Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination.

Theda Good’s licensure was celebrated by some Mennonite Church USA clergy and greeted with dismay by others.

Good was licensed for ministry as pastor of nurture and fellowship at First Mennonite Church of Denver, where she is currently on the staff. Originally from Lancaster, Pa., Good is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Va.

Whether the Mountain States Conference of the Mennonite Church will approve Good’s ordination isn’t clear. Good declined to be interviewed.

The Mennonite Church USA’s articles of faith include a provision that states: “We believe that God intends marriage to be a covenant between one man and one woman for life.”

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Religion News Service