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Local gay pastor who lost job returns to pulpit for one Sunday

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Reverend Cynthia Meyer came out as a lesbian in January. Because the United Methodist Church does not allow gay pastors, she has been without a job. (KCTV5) Reverend Cynthia Meyer came out as a lesbian in January. Because the United Methodist Church does not allow gay pastors, she has been without a job. (KCTV5)

A gay pastor who was pushed out of the United Methodist Church got back behind the pulpit on Sunday. 

Reverend Cynthia Meyer came out as a lesbian in January. Because the United Methodist Church does not allow gay pastors, she has been without a job.

On Sunday, she was invited by the Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ to speak. 

“What we have discovered in opening our church to LGBTQ people is the great harm Christianity and many churches have done to them by not welcoming them, by not accepting them, by not recognizing their God-given gifts," said Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ Rev. Chase Peeples. 

Meyer says she was caught between staying true to herself or remaining with the church she's served for more than two decades. 

“Maybe you could pray for me in the coming weeks," she said. "Should I stay? Or should I go? The most pressing question in all of pop music."

That struggle was made easier by Peeples' invitation. 

“What I would say to churches that are not welcoming them fully and not welcoming ministers who are gay and lesbian is --- you're missing out,” he said. 

The United Methodist Church may hold a special conference in 2019 to discuss issues around human sexuality. That could impact Meyer's future in the church.

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