Bishops Uphold Four Values in Interim Report on Way Forward Work

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I heard this same kind of talk when I was in the Episcopal Church 15 years ago. There were phrases such as; there is more that unites us than divides us, our common core, embrace our diversity, and my favorite "we must live into the tension". It did not go well.

Kevin more than 1 year ago

Response to Benjamin

Just because I disagree with your views re LGBTQ persons, does not mean that I hate you or LGBTQ persons. It simply means that I disagree with your understanding of what God intended when he created the earth and everything in it. I fully respect and endorse you rights to have your specific set of beliefs.. But when you are not willing to respect my rights to my particular set of beliefs--when you choose to believe that I am acting our of hatred, then you and I and ultimately the church have a huge problem.

Betsy more than 1 year ago

Completely agree

Spot on!

Sarah more than 1 year ago

Enshrined Hatred

You and yours have enshrined your point of view in the Book of Discipline. You do not allow others with variant viewpoints to posit their beliefs in the Book of Discipline. So, this is not about 'live and let live', as you present and suppose. This is enshrined and formalized discrimination against a minority population, a community that has done you no harm.

You seek a scapegoat. Once upon a time, the UMC discriminated against African Americans; this is no longer acceptable, and so now you have turned to discrimination against the GLBT community.

Christ did not teach about homosexuality. He did not beat up on gays. How dare you put words into his mouth and do this?

Please focus on taking the beam out of your own eye before trying to take the speck out of mine.

Ben 345 days ago

Enshrined Hatred

Although one sketch fully supports the continuing hatred of our GLBT community, not a single sketch provides fully inclusivity for said community. I am truly disgusted by the supposed 'options'.

A church that permits even one branch to enshrine hatred towards a group of innocents has lost its way.

What happened to the UMC? Where is the love? Whatever happened to "Open hearts. Open doors. Open minds."? When did we learn to hate? This is insanity.

I will not remain a member of the UMC if it allows even one conference or region to continue to enshrine hatred towards the GLBT community.

Benjamin Uchytil more than 1 year ago


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    "The Judicial Council’s work compellingly shows that our denomination is in schism and has been for some years and if we really want to heal this schism, then (dare I say it?) we have to back up and try our best to answer basic questions. What is it, actually, that unites United Methodists? ...  If doctrines do not define church, then we don’t know our identity or mission. If we don’t know our identity and mission, we will never be able to agree on what constitutes appropriate or inappropriate behavior and we will never be able to exercise meaningful accountability."

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