I am writing in response to the letter from Donna Bahnak regarding gay marriage (Mailbag, May 24). I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. As such, I feel the need to say that not all Christians understand the Biblical texts in the same way that Ms. Bahnak does. Indeed, Christians come in many shapes and sizes when it comes to beliefs and theologies.

While I don’t pretend to judge Ms. Bahnak’s beliefs, I believe that it is not appropriate to ascribe her particular theology surrounding gay marriage to all Christians. Peace United Church of Christ in Webster Groves, along with most other UCC churches, welcomes, without reservation, same sex couples seeking to join themselves in the covenanted relationship of marriage. We have been legally marrying same sex couples since Iowa first changed its laws. We joyfully continue to affirm that the God made known to us in the life and teachings of Jesus approves.

Rev. Albert Schon

Peace United Church of Christ

Webster Groves