Earlier this year, in March, Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams, of Zion Progress Baptist Church in Detroit  and Bishop Emeritus Diana Williams of the Imani Temple of the African-American Catholic Congregation in Washington, D.C, exchanged wedding vows in Iowa. For more than five years, Abrams served as pastor of Zion Progress but on Friday, October 18, 2013, Bishop Abrams  officially stepped down as pastor.

In an interview with News One, Abrams explained that she stepped down to avoid being a distraction in the church. 

From News One:

During her tenure as pastor, Abrams said she always preached about openness and inclusion, but never specifically touched on the subject of same-sex marriage. It simply was something she did not feel the need to preach about. What is unique about her marriage is that this is her first relationship with a woman.

”I been progressive in my theology and I got to the point where I was open to love whatever way that came,” she said.

Abrams, who has three adult children and was once married to a man, told the Chronicle how wonderful a fit her new wife is.

“She is definitely my best friend, a wonderful person and is a support system to me in tremendous ways,” Abrams said. “We have a lot in common. We have similar visions, missions and goals. We complement each other very well in how best to serve God.”

Although Abrams said she received tons of support from other pastors, she’s has received a fair share of negative responses but would rather not focus on those.  Abrams shared her views on black faith and homosexuality with the Michigan Chronicle:

“We are all made in God’s image and in God’s likeness, which means whoever you are, whatever you look like, whatever your gender is, whatever your color, whatever your culture, whatever you orientation (sexual), everybody is made in God’s image.

“There are so many people who are wounded, so many people who are hurt, so many people have been cast out; people have been pushed to the point where they actually have tried to hurt themselves and have even killed themselves because of what the religious community says about who they are.”

She continued, “One of the things that really hurts me is that for so many years, African-American churches, and maybe White churches as well, are saying that these people (gay) are going to hell. Some ministers (male) are being hypocrites because behind the scenes they are right there doing stuff. Many people, especially young people and the unchurched, when they come to church, want to be welcomed and affirmed.

“There is a difference. If I’m affirming you, that means that I am accepting you as you are and that you are free to serve in any capacity in the church as a member. If a same-gender loving person can clean the church, play the organ, sing in the choir, they should be able to lead the church…teach, preach and do all of that.”

As for Abrams future, although she’s not with Zion any more, she does see herself guest speaking at other churches and pastoring again.

Clutchettes, what do you think of Abrams being a gay pastor? 

  • Lisss

    What you failed to mention is that Jesus himself declared that He did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. Therefore, while the Law existed to point out the sin, the cross is the only thing that can erase the sin. Its not the Law itself that Jesus was against but the way the Pharisees twisted it to make themselves feel better…isn’t that what may church folks are doing nowadays, inlcuding the LGBTQ “pastors”?

    As for the divorced and remarried pastors, i totally agree with you. They never should have been allowed to set foot on the pulpit. But then again, that is why there is so much rampage in the church today…people do what they want, when they want and scream the “Only God can judge me” speech. So now anything goes and the Gospel of Truth becomes the gospel of relativism.

    As for the “sell everything you have”….that verse is taken so out of context, its not even funny.

  • Erica

    The Bible also says if a husband or wife commit adultery you can divorce and remarry.

  • BlackBeauty

    Fakes are all over and up in the church.If she thought nothing of it then why the need to hide her partner/relationship?
    Perhaps these two can convince Bernice King and her partner to come out.

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