Funeral services shouldn’t be denied

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39

A lawyer approaches Jesus and asks, “Which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus’ answer revolutionizes the concept of divine law, “You shall love God, and shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Regardless of religious affiliation, everyone should experience this kind of love, especially when he or she is on their final journey in this life.

A few weeks ago the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison decided to deny ecclesiastical funeral services to individuals and families of LGBT people. Even though many of us are upset and frustrated with their decision, it is important to realize that there are many other Christian denominations who would be honored to provide such services to the LGBT community and their families. As an Episcopal priest in the Dodge County area, I and my wife, the Rev. Elizabeth Tester, invite you to seek those of us who don’t have issues providing funeral services to the LGBT community.

Rev. Oscar A. Rozo, Beaver Dam