White values honesty and believes in upholding the vows she has made.
And though she supports same-sex marriage, she would not break the vows of her ordination to marry a gay couple.
“I’ve got plenty of friends I can send people to if they wanted to (get married),” she said. “I wouldn’t do it because I vowed not to. It’s tricky. You have to take a stand.”
The issue, she said, hits close to home, as some of her family members are gay. The science is solid in her mind that people don’t choose to be gay or straight.
The Methodist Church names homosexuality as “the issue,” White said, but that’s not totally so.
“The real issue is a balance between, or a conflict between, a very strict adherence to scripture, to John Westley’s teachings; it’s fully interpretation. I come down on the left side of the middle.
“I have pretty much lost hope that this will be settled in my lifetime. I would be happy to be surprised, but it’s difficult.”
The journey to that position has taken White a long time, and she understands other people’s pain around it.
“I think the greater problem now is not just who we are as United Methodists; it’s how many unchurched folks are out there in the world who don’t embrace the value of worshiping together,” she said.
White sees loads of potential in her church community.
“I think this is one of those ‘sky’s the limit’ places.
“From here, we move forward; that’s important to me,” she said. “It’s a new day. Where will we move together? That’s my motto.”
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TO LEARN MORE The Mooers United Methodist Church is at 12 East St., Mooers. The Sunday service starts at 9:30 a.m. For questions or to get involved with the prayer shawl knitting group, call the Rev. Sally Chase White at 236-7129.