Delegates Share Early Thoughts on Way Forward

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What being a Methodist Means to Me

I came to the Methodist Church as an adult because I was drawn to prayer and service and love. I'm going to serve whoever needs me. Period. I'm going to welcome anyone who walks into the church I attend. If the Church starts the business of exclusion, then it neglects the mandate of Love. If Love excludes, it's not Love at all. Jesus told me to love God with everything I have and love my neighbor as myself. When I get those right 100% of the time, then I'll move on.

Audrey ODonald 307 days ago

Do No Harm

"Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God." Why is this so difficult for the UMC?

Stop purposefully hurting people. Embrace your GLBT members. That's the way of Christ and The Way Forward.

Dissenting bigots may leave now.

Ben 339 days ago

Unitarian?

Ben, is there any difference between your theology and that of a Unitarian?

theenemyhatesclarity 338 days ago

Love doesn’t mean agreeing

Ben, with respect, loving someone doesn’t mean agreeing with them. I love all the members of my church, many whom are homosexual. However, I believe homosexuality is a sin and agree with the current BoD and that it should be strictly enforced. Just as I must sometimes strictly enforce discipline on my children. They may not like it, but they know that I love them. It is called tough love and that is what the UMC must stick to.

Steve 337 days ago

Definition of the word 'bigot'

"Dissenting bigots may leave now."
Look up the word 'bigot'.

Sarah 337 days ago

Good initial question

Here is my answer: The theological plurality that has been allowed to run rampant for almost a century has produced factions with strongly held orthodoxies that not only just compete with each other but also cancel each other out, leaving the church with nothing in particular to say. In short, the United Methodist Church is a house divided against itself. And as a person who is firmly rooted in classical orthodoxy--a belief that a single doctrine has been handed to the Church once and for all--I am not being a bigot when I state that same gender relationships are not sanctioned by God. And that does not stop me from treating them with respect as fellow human beings, but I do not trust them as spiritual role models. Truth is, I do not find your belief in same gender relationships nearly as troublesome as your attitude towards those who disagree with you; the invitation to leave is just as valid for you as it is for me.

betsy 336 days ago

Do No Harm

Ben, I agree. If we were as busy trying to perfect ourselves in God's eyes, there wouldn't be any time left for this debate.

Audrey ODonald 307 days ago


Notable Quotes   


     "Fundamentalist Christians have moved the theological needle so far to the right that the Gospel is said by them to be a 'progressive agenda.' It's not – it's the Gospel. We must keep preaching Jesus' message of the Kingdom of God (over against the kingdoms of this world) rooted in love (not legalism) and aimed toward reconciliation (not division). The Pharisees alleged Jesus' message was a 'liberal agenda.' It wasn't – it was the Gospel."

– The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper in a Facebook post.

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