After leaving Ocracoke, Jimmy served other churches in North Carolina, and in Nebraska. In 1984, a member of Jimmy’s congregation came out to him as gay and announced he was leaving The United Methodist Church because of its policies toward lesbian, gay and bisexual members. Increased knowledge of these issues in the church and society transformed Jimmy's life and ministry. He began to publicly challenge the church’s teachings and policies about homosexuality and to advocate for the full inclusion and acceptance of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the church and society. Eventually Jimmy's ordination was revoked in 1999 for performing same-sex unions.
In March, Duke University Press will be releasing Jimmy's new book, Adam's Gift, the story of his defiance of the church's official position.
You can click on the image below to read more about Jimmy's book (you might have to click on the image again to enlarge it).
Several book readings have already been scheduled. Below is a list of some of them:
- Sunday, April 10 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Quail Ridge Books & Music
3522 Wade Ave
- Monday, April 25 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St
- Wednesday, April 27 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: The Internationalist Bookstore
405 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC
- Saturday, May 14 • 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Clifton United Methodist Church
3416 Clifton Ave.
- Saturday, June 25 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Durham County Main Library
300 N. Roxboro St
Other readings will be listed here:
More information about Jimmy's book is available here: