Christian gay millennial responds to expulsion from congregation

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So often it feels like those opposed to the full inclusion of all the baptized in the sacraments, rites, ministry and life in the Church are mindless of the fact that there are real people on the receiving end of their opposition. Real people with real feelings. Real people who are hurt by the judgements made against their lives.

One such person recently to feel the exclusion of his local congregation (General Baptist) was Dylan Suttles of Jonesboro AR. A few months ago he received a letter from the leadership of the Woods Chapel General Baptist Church in Brookland AR informing him that he was being removed from the membership role of the church for “embracing the homosexual lifestyle.” His situation went viral in a number of media formats as he mentions in the video. Well known, in-your-face & over-the-top gay YouTube personality, Davey Wavey, encouraged Dylan to tell his story and also to respond to Woods Chapel General Baptist Church.

Dylan’s photo is from Queerty.com

Expore other videos on Davey Wavey’s YouTube channel at your own risk!

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Bindy Snyder
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Bindy Snyder

The Episcopal Church welcomes you!

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Doug Simpson
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Doug Simpson

That depends on the particular diocese you're in these days it seems.

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Dr William A. Flint MDiv, PhD
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Dr William A. Flint MDiv, PhD

I have found in moving parish membership it is good to contact the previous parish to insure proper communications are confirmed.

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Jeff
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Jeff

Please follow the comment policy by posting in the future using your first & last names. - ed

The "gay agenda" being pushed onto the Church Body..lol
Sounds like the Church, has its own agenda.
Well I am glad you decided to be true to yourself. Keep the faith, and the Episcopal Church will show you Love

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Sean Storm
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Sean Storm

No matter what anyone says, or comments on, this was simply wrong of his church to do.

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Ernie Lee
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Ernie Lee

14 years ago I moved to a new city in the deep South and began attending a local Episcopal Church. After a heated Diocesan meeting, the bishop called for dialogue on the "gay issue” at each parish. My parish had it's dialogue the next Sunday. Immediately 10 people stood up to oppose the idea of GLBT inclusion. I got up thinking I was in the minority and introduced myself. I explained I was a member of an Episcopal church in another city and said I had just moved into the neighborhood to take a job at a local college. I went on to say I was an attorney and I had taught Sunday school in the past. I also said I was a godfather many times over, an Eagle Scout, a baseball fan, and I was gay. Only then did others, who had been cowed down before began to speak up and tell gut-wrenching stories of family members being discriminated against for being gay. Wanting to take a stand I spoke to the Rector and asked to join the parish and made a financial pledge mid-year. Six months later I realized my membership had never been transferred, all of my checks cashed, but I was not a member of the congregation. This was a painful reminder that different dioceses and different parishes still have prejudice even in the Episcopal Church USA. This was not as overt as to what happened to DylanFull inclusion means full inclusion.

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Jay Croft
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Jay Croft

Ernie, what was the rector's response to your discovery that your membership transfer had never been recorded?

If needed, you can call this to the attention of the bishop of your diocese.

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Eric Bonetti
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Eric Bonetti

Yes. The canons explicitly define membership; individual clergy may not alter these provisions.

If you do choose to complain, make sure you specifically say that want to file a formal disciplinary complaint. Otherwise, you may get the polite brushoff and suggestion that you discuss the matter with your senior warden.

BTW, my experience is that these sorts of behind the scenes, weasel-bite power plays are all too common within our parishes.

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