The Rev. Dan Collison is the lead pastor at a historic downtown Minneapolis church that houses a homeless shelter, child care center and several social justice projects. But this week, national leaders of his Evangelical Covenant Church denomination are voting whether to evict him, and his entire church, because of disagreements over support of the LGBT community.
If evicted, it would be the first time in the denomination’s more than 130-year history that a minister, much less a minister and his entire church, have been forced out, church leaders said.
“We just want to have the freedom to disagree,” Collison said. “This is a denomination that has always given one another freedom to disagree, even on stated positions. We’re asking for equal treatment.”