Dear Broadway Family,
Some of you may watch the HBO reality show “We’re Here” and seen the episode in season 2 in which Rev. Craig Duke, a United Methodist clergy from Evansville, Indiana, participated. Rev. Duke accepted the invitation to be in the show “because,” he said, “I wanted to empathize, not just sympathize with LGBTQ people in my community and to express support for my daughter, who recently came out as pansexual.” The show aired on November 8th and even though Craig knew that not everyone will understand or support his decision, he did not think it would cost him his job.
The church he served did not respond too well to his participation in the show, which has caused Rev. Craig Duke to step away from his duties at the church and enter a time of renewal, reflection, and recovery, effective December 1st, and an interim pastor has been assigned to the church.