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Yes, LISTEN TO HOLY SPIRIT !!!!! "OPEN" needs to be a VERB, AN ACTION, before it can be used as an ADJECTIVE. We need to actually open our minds, our hearts, our eyes........and see our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers around us, among us. We are your brothers and sisters, your cousins, your uncles and aunts, your sons and daughters, and, yes, sometimes your mothers and fathers. We were baptized and attended Sunday School, Youth Group, Worship Service, camp, choir, and often played the organ or piano. In reading Scripture, we never found a passage with Jesus condemning us for our sexual orientation. We understood the order to be faithful to a spouse, but we NEVER saw a condemnation of who we are. Blessed are those of us who grew up before those hurtful passages were put into The Book of Discipline !!!!!!!!!!!
Restore our denomination to its original Jesus-following, inclusive self.

Elsie Gauley Vega more than 4 years ago

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"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


   

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