On gays, American Baptists keep 'paradox'

Maintaining an open stance
Resisting efforts to eliminate organizational havens for congregations that welcome gays, American Baptist leaders and delegates meeting in Denver maintained an open stance on homosexuality—even if that means living with a “paradox,” as it was put by the denomination’s top executive.

A. Roy Medley, general secretary of the 1.4-million-member American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., told delegates July 1 that his stance has been constant through the churches’ fights over gay and lesbian concerns.

“I am still traditional in matters of human sexuality, and I do not want to be separated from those who in Christian conscience differ from me on the issue of homosexuality,” Medley said in his address at the four-day biennial meeting. “We have been a family where I have been granted the privilege of living in that paradox.”


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