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Sharing our Stories: Chuck Rice and Randy Fullerton

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My journey of coming out started several years ago when I realized that I could no longer deny or live a life contrary to my sexual orientation. Along the way there were several wonderful people who came along beside me including a Christian counselor recommended through my employer, Chick-fil-A.

During one particular counseling session my anger toward the church became so apparent that I broke down crying and explained my personal alienation from the church I had served through the music and Deacon ministries for many years. I recounted my experience of having to leave the denomination I grew up in and try to find another place to worship. Along the way, several other gay men shared their stories of how they were also told they could no longer worship in their home churches because of their sexual orientation.

My anger toward the church was real, deep and abiding. I was counseled to focus my anger to address the hurt. Through the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) in the Methodist church, I am answering that call. When the church built a wall around itself at my expense, the Reconciling Ministries Network built a door in that wall for me and all of those others who had been sent away, to come back in. They have provided a way to be reconciled to God.

The Reconciling Ministries Network logo became a beacon of hope from a lighthouse to lead me to the safe harbor of a welcoming, accepting and supporting church family. Through member churches, God has reconciled me and others to Himself, to the One who created me in the first place, when His church had turned me away.

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