by Selene San Felice
The Capital Gazette
February 14, 2019
Their love looks easy. The Rev. Sarah Lamming and Rev. Diana Carroll sip tea from dainty china in their Annapolis home on a rainy afternoon. As their eyes meet, their smiles glow brighter.
But over the last 10 years, Lamming and Carroll have crossed thousands of miles, held three of their own weddings, and been through two legislation changes and one religious loophole.
…Being open as their whole selves has been an important part of their faith.
“If I’m not my true self, I’m not able to minister,” Lamming said.
“When we’re not our true selves, that’s what makes us do unhealthy things,” Carroll said. “That’s when we deny we were made in God’s image.”
The word “beloved” is engraved in their wedding bands, a reference to 1 John 4:7: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
To those who feel abandoned by the church for their sexuality, Lamming and Carroll say to keep faith in God and keep searching for the right community.
“The way the church treats you does not always reflect on God’s love for you,” Carroll said.