Kat Miller is a 14-year-old girl that took a firm stand for LGBT+ rights when she rejected her church membership in front of the entire congregation at the Batavia Zion United Methodist Church in Wisconsin because of the church’s anti-gay policies.
She was set to become a member of the church after two years of participating in the church’s confirmation program, but she backed off due to the recent policy changes that discriminate against people of the LGBT+ community.
The 14-year-old Miller and three other confirmands read personal faith statements that outlined what Methodism want to them, but Miller’s statement had an additional paragraph that shocked the congregation.
She said that she believes the most important values of the Christian life are to accept everyone who is willing to believe in being a good person in God’s realm, yet the stance of the UMC does not resonate with what she believes. So, she said, she would not become a member of the United Methodist Church.
Kat said that she was frustrated and disappointed.
Eight teens who also refused to be confirmed as members of the church in Omaha, Nebraska, received a positive reaction from their congregation.
The group was greeted with a standing ovation from the congregation and the teens received the full support of its minister, Reverend Ken Little.