"I’m a woman, a lesbian, a member of a progressive faith tradition," Sanders said.
"Beloved has always been a congregation with a justice-oriented commitment in its interpretation of the faith,” Sanders said. “I work from a liberation theology perspective. It’s not a single-issue perspective. It’s about how we honor the presence of the Holy Spirit in every person."
Regarding the rights of LGBTQ people, Sanders said they were part of her commitment.
"It’s part of who I am, but it’s not the whole of what we do," Sanders said. "My commitment to racial justice, to people with disabilities, my commitment to economic justice and environmental justice, are part of that, just as much a part of my commitment to rights for LGBTQ people."
Wife and mother, Sanders is proud to contribute to the acceptance of LGBTQ ministers in Christianity.
"The UCC was the first mainline denomination to ordain LBGTQ ministers," She said.
"That dedication to equality for all is important to the future of Christianity.
"There’s a generation of us coming behind that first generation of pioneers who helped create that space in theology and local congregations, for us to say you can be a faithful person and be LGBTQ."
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