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The humbling, exciting and unifying dimension of this particular phone call outreach was that less than a fourth of the approximately one hundred callers were Presbyterian. The rest were friends working in their own denominations toward a similar goal: the full inclusion of persons who are LGBT in the life of the whole Church. These friends worked side by side with us, calling on Presbyterians all over the country to stand for just reform of Presbyterian polity. Armed with an outline script and a five minute briefing on Presbyterian polity and vocabulary, they boldly took to the phones in solidarity with us.
“Ding!” “He said, ‘yes!’ and gave me the names of four other people.” “Ding!” “They have a More Light committee at their church and they’ll all work on the campaign.” “Ding!” “She has already started organizing in her presbytery for 10-A.”
Every time a call resulted in a volunteer eager to join the effort to ratify Amendment 10-A, the caller rang one of the service desk type bells that were scattered throughout the phone bank room. “Ding” was the encouraging sound that punctuated the evening and signaled we are indeed getting closer to being a church that welcomes all God’s children.
Rev. Heidi Peterson is the Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri and serves on MLP's Board.