Dear United Church,
The thing that has hurt the most is that almost 30 years ago after the 1988 decision, there are still congregations and faith communitiies that hold on to views and beliefs that stand in contrast to that decision. One example being my former congregation that I was forced to leave becasue it was not a safe place for myself or my family. That congregation to this day remains relatively unchanged in its stand, belief and views of LGBTQ2 people and their place in the United Church.
At the same time, I find comfort and a sense of great safety in the congregation that I joined in 1998.
~ Tony Burnett