"There are those who say this about forgiveness. Why wouldn't we say, 'Yes, we're back. Thank you for seeing it the way we did 20 years ago'?
And for us, it's also a question of: What would be the benefit now? If we're going to a be a more on-the-edge kind of congregation that is willing to push the envelope and not be confined by the church's boundaries, then does (not being affiliated) make us more attractive to those folks we're trying to reach out to?"
--Rev. Susan Strouse of First United Lutheran Church in San Francisco, which broke away from the denomination two decades ago because of its homophobic rules that have since been overturned