It has been a long journey. It started twenty-six years ago when Laurene was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1987. But she didn’t receive a call to pastor a church–the implication was that no one wanted hire an out lesbian pastor. She labored as an interim pastor or stated supply and later worked outside of the Presbyterian Church. But something was missing, as she couldn’t do what she felt called to do.
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