Meghan Florian is a writer teaching at William Peace University and the Center for Theological Writing at Duke Divinity School.

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My Pastor Was Suspended for Officiating a Same-Sex Marriage, While Pastors Quiet on Abuse Are Protected

by Meghan Florian 06-01-2016

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The Virginia Mennonite Conference suspended a pastor’s ministerial credentials May 25 because he officiated at a same-sex wedding.

The Rev. Isaac Villegas of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Mennonite Fellowship and my pastor, is “at variance” with the conference, which belongs to the Mennonite Church USA. The denomination, with some 100,000 members, holds that marriage is “a covenant between one man and one woman for life.”