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"Authentic church revival will never happen if it's rooted in a holiness that justifies itself against a marginalized other. True Christian holiness is sacrifice for the sake of mercy. It empties and deconstructs the self in order to be perfectly hospitable to the other."

– The Rev. Morgan Guyton, writing on Facebook, Aug. 24.

"A church that doesn't want "those people," doesn't really want you either--except on their terms. Filtered acceptance preserves an ecclesial club; it does not create a sacred community."

– The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper, writing on Facebook, Aug. 25.

"Culture warriors who criticize me believe they are defending the True Faith from compromising liberals like me. I believe I am defending the Religion of Jesus from intolerant ideologues like them. We will never, ever agree. Only God can judge.

"Those Christians standing up for LGBT equality and inclusion believe we are reflecting the deepest, truest values of Christ. Those standing against it believe the same thing. We will never, ever agree. Only God can judge."

– Baptist ethicist David Gushee, writing for Religion News Service Aug. 25.

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  • Oklahoma City Faith Communities Unite for Prayer Walk, Service

    The ecumenical Unity Prayer Walk quickly swelled to more than 1,000 people who prayed and sang as they traveled from the "Jesus Wept" statue at NW 5 and Harvey Avenue to First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City The walk and a Unity Prayer Service at the church were held in response to the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu's black mass in the City Space Theater at the Civic Center Music Hall. Participants said they walked to publicly acknowledge their faith and to show that God overcomes evil with His love. more »

The United Methodist Church officially opposes the death penalty: "We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings." (The Social Principles, Book of Discipline).

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