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I am still here. I am still faithful.

I remember...

Theological school...

...the last semester and reading/hearing about the movements against the church if it accepted homosexuality. My class felt like we were going to be lambs to the slaughter.

I finished my degree and the process for ordination.

Conference Annual meeting (London)...

...waiting for opening motions before being introduced to the court. The first two motions: 1. Accept the agenda. 2. Not to ordain/settle homosexual persons.

I did not withdraw my candidacy and was ordained and settled.

Post 1988 General Council (GC)...

...congregational members announcing we were “ordaining fags” and we had elected a “chink” for Moderator.

I stayed with the church.

GC 1992 (Fredericton)...

Waiting for the results of a vote on a motion to rescind the 1988 decision. Knowing in my heart I had no where else to go.

I am still serving the church.

I am still here.

I am still faithful.

Signed, Leith

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