News Notes: Carolinas
RALEIGH, N.C. â€” Former United Methodist pastor Jimmy Creech has released a book entitled â€śAdamâ€™s Gift, A Memoir of a Pastorâ€™s Calling to Defy the Churchâ€™s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays.â€ť
The Denver Post reported that Creech was inspired by Adam, a young â€śanguishedâ€ť parishioner, to pursue â€śgreater understanding of the churchâ€™s role in homophobia.â€ť
The book was published by Duke University Press. It is filled with the tension of struggle so prevalent within the LGBT community.
Creech lost a post in Raleigh, but gained one at a Methodist church in Omaha, Neb. Again, his position on issues surrounding discrimination toward the LGBT community had him standing trial at his church for performing a â€ścovenant ceremony for a lesbian couple, thereby defying the Methodist Book of Discipline.â€ť Even though he was found not guilty, after a second trial, he was â€śdefrocked.â€ť
Through his insights and compassion, Creech has been seen as a champion for equality.