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Community News, No. 8, June 1975 - File 012. 1975-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 15, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1462/show/1458.

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Title Community News, No. 8, June 1975
Contributor
  • Reid, Allen
Publisher AURA; Texas Gay Task Force Communications Committee (Northern Region)
Date June 1975
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 27910176
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript LOCAL CHURCH BACKS GAY METHODIST MINISTER (San Antonio) The congregation of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, has voted to support former Methodist minister Gene Leggett in his attempt to have his ministerial credentials restored. It was in 1971 that the Southwest Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church suspended Legget's ministerial orders upon his public announcement that he was a homosexual and involved in a ministry to gay people through his Dallas based organization, House of the Covenant. Since that time, Leggett has made an annual appeal to the conference's Board of the Ministry for reinstatement. Each time his appeal has been rejected. At this year's meeting in Dallas, the Board claimed that there was a lack of sufficient new data to warrant a change in the 1971 action suspending Leggett. In 1973 the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church ruled that there was another avenue by which Leggett might seek restoration of his credentials. If a local congregation would attest to his character and recommend restoration, the question would have to be voted upon by the entire ministerial delegation at their annual conference. The action taken by the St. Stephen's congregation on April 13 makes this avenue a reality for Leggett. "This will be the first time since 1971 that the entire conference delegation has had to deal with my request for restoration," Leggett reported. "The action taken by St. Stephen's congregation is very significant for the life of our church. A local Methodist church has placed the qualifications for ministry on a basis other than sexual orientation. St. Stephen's knows that I am gay. However, they are not interested in labels of hetero or homo." Since becoming a member of St. Stephen's, Leggett has taught both youth and adult Sunday School classes, served on committees and assisted in worship services. He has been hired by the congregation as church janitor. Mansfield, Texas 76063 Statles iCountry 477 2022 475_4n 7s4a4esi 1800V S*OM£ rVl>Mf LmMI Mhsfkld TatAS EtfCUSMa, %/MSTf*N <* I/haTHM. Havbms,^M^tofrffibes% nunc Ant*. WORTH TEXAS HQR6&5H06ING INST. WASHINv>TOi\STATE UNIV. *n.ATJMi%C*tt1iCM 7?*m% Hotmsi Smmiu ro Smut. *** £xA*»r VwrH S*h*viso*\ SnauFUi***: IZtim&stit Leggett enjoys his role as janitor at St. Stephen's. He reports satisfaction in "keeping clean the House of the Lord." He is also quick to point out that the Church must come to terms with its unstated policy that a gay person is fit to clean out toilet bowls but not fit to proclaim the Word of God. "At our 1972 quadrennial General Conference in Atlanta, our church affirmed the civil and human rights of homosexuals. Now the Church has the responsibility to spell out these rights. Do our rights go beyond sweeping and mopping?" The action of the St. Stephen's congregation does not deal with the issue of the appointability of a gay minister to a local congregation. The restoration of Leg- gett's credentials would give him the right to call himself a minister and allow him the right to perform such ministerial functions as the celebration of holy communion, baptism and marriage within the boundaries of the St. Stephen's Church. It would not restore his membership in the Southwest Texas Conference or give him the right to an appointment by that conference. The outcome of Leggett's action, however, will play a significant role in the upcoming 1976 United Methodist Conference in Portland, Oregon, where the ordination of homosexuals is expected to be a major issue. "Regardless of the action taken concerning my ministerial orders," Leggett concluded, T shall continue to work with other gay Methodists in sensitizing the Church to the oppression of gay people by the Church and society at large and the need for an open ministry for all c ur Methodists concerning homosexuality." Texas Methodists wishing to be a part of a petition to the Southwest Texas Conference urging the restoration of Gene Legget's credentials may send their requests in care of Post Office Box 1064. San Antonio, Texas T87J4. COMMUNITY NEWS ! JUNE 75 i 9
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