By Darcy Hamre
I’ll never forget the Sunday morning on August 23rd when Trevor Harper dropped to one knee and asked Davis Covin to be his husband at the end of their faith story in front of our church. I’ll never forget the excitement and joy that it evoked within our congregation. I’ll also not forget what I learned in the days that followed this event.
As a moderator of the church’s Facebook page, I helped to post a link to the engagement video. Many people from all over the world left comments thanking us for truly exemplifying Christ’s love. These comments were affirming and I was excited to share the joy of this engagement, but I was not prepared to receive the hate.
I’ve always known that some people disagreed with homosexuality, but I had no idea how much anger and condemnation it evoked. In the days following the engagement, deleting and banning hate-filled comments from our Facebook page became my main priority and, at times, brought me to tears.
Prior to reading these comments, I had no context in which to experience what it might be like for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters to find a church home. I had no way of accessing the outright rejection of fellow Christians and the bravery required for this community of believers searching for fellowship and communion.
I am so thankful to be a part of a loving, Christ-filled community like First United Methodist Church that welcomes all people, no exceptions. While the broader church has faced a long history of denunciation and will continue to while we progress as a body, I admire those who seek out to attend church. The strength and persistence of your faith walk serves as an inspiration to many.
For those that missed the Faith Story, below is the link to the video.
Faith Story Turns into Marriage Proposal
On Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the 11:00 a.m. worship service, a special marriage proposal took place at First United Methodist Church. During a spirit-filled and inspiring faith story, Trevor Harper dropped to one knee and asked Davis Covin to marry him. The standing ovation, joy, cheers, and tears that followed were felt by everyone in the room.