March 01, 2010

Affirming Words 3/1/10-"A Position of Faith" Part 1 of 2

On June 25, 1972, William ( Bill ) R. Johnson, became the first openly gay person in history to be ordained to the Christian ministry. The ordainment had a significant bearing not only on Bill 's future but also on that of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

A Position of Faith tells the story of this landmark event and the process that made it possible. Poignant and sincere, including a letter from Bill 's mother; interviews with Bill ; and young people and church leaders (clergy and lay), who either supported or opposed Bill 's candidacy.

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