A local woman's anti-gay marriage stance may keep her from becoming a minister. She's a member of the Methodist Church where recently groups have been working to allow gay clergy and marriages within the church. Donna Sharper hopes to become an ordained minister, "All my life I've wanted to work in ministry and the Lord led me to the Methodist Church." However, she's concerned that her belief, that homosexuality is sinful, could keep her from becoming a minister in the Methodist Church, "I was told I shouldn't bring that up at the Board of Ordination meetings because I may not get ordained. If I bring up my conservative views, I may not get ordained."
Some Methodist groups say being gay is not sinful, and they want their church's rules to reflect that belief. In April, Methodist from all over the country will meet in Tampa, Fl for the General Conference, which is held every four years. During the conference members will vote to change The Book of Discipline, essentially a rule book for the Methodist Church.
Currently, the book states, "the United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider the practice incompatible with Christian teaching." Depending on the vote, that could change. Changes could include allowing gay clergy and gay marriage within the church.