Seven Pieces of Institutional Clutter the UMC Needs to Leave Behind



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Normalizing Sin

Christianity and the UMC should reach out and accept all sinners into our congregations in the hope that they will hear and receive God's word. However, the UMC should not accept, normalize or promote any sin. The Bible scriptures are quite clear on the subject of sin. As Jesus said many times (paraphasing), "stop sinning, go forth and live your life according to God's word". Re-writing the Bible scriptures or the UMC's Book of Discipline is an attempt to normalize sin. Would we do it for any other sin? No. Read Leviticus 18:22.

William Dunkin 99 days ago

In the Days when the Wesleys were forming what became the UMC

It was conventional wisdom that heterosexuality and reproduction was a requirement of polite society. Male/Male relationships were hidden, and those which became visible were exploitative - primarily men of means and younger servant men, not unlike the Centurion and the servant of his who Christ healed in Matthew 8. Many in our Anglosphere were seafarers, frontiersmen, or prisoners. Female/Female dyads were mostly hidden - Prime Minister Disraeli famously sputtered when Queen Victoria expressed skepticism of a criminal code revision which would criminalize lesbianism because she could not conceive of what the physicality of such a duo would involve - well, it was before the time of Havelock Ellis, Alfred Kinsey, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, etc., and her indelicate inquiry would have been common opinion anyhow. It was therefore nothing like the same-sex weddings in Western culture of today.

The assertion "this is they way we've always done it" is often, upon closer examination, inaccurate. Anybody who thinks otherwise need only look at the statuary of St. Theresa apparently experiencing an orgasm. The sculptor knew.

George Nixon Shuler 102 days ago

After reading articles like this

I am ready for the church to put an end to its existence and put us all out of our misery. The whole lot of you are insane! Personally, I am not surprised that the American branch of the denomination is approaching 50 years of uninterrupted numerical decline. Mark my words, everybody can do whatever they want, but ultimately it is going to be frustrated people in the pew who decide the fate of the church. And if you want the church to stop being obsessed with sexuality then talk to your progressives friends-they are the ones that are making sex the "do or die" issue.

Betsy 102 days ago

Please explain

We've advocated for a change in policy. We're not the ones threatening to take our balls and go. It seems it is the right-wing who have made it their "do or die" issue. One need only look at their publication, "Good News:" it's all gay all the time.

George Nixon Shuler 102 days ago

Notable Quotes

Brian McLaren"All of us, especially people of faith, need to proclaim that white supremacy and white privilege and all other forms of racism and injustice must indeed be replaced with something better – the beloved community where all are welcome, all are safe, and all are free. White supremacist and Nazi dreams of apartheid must be replaced with a better dream – people of all tribes, races, creeds, and nations learning to live in peace, mutual respect, and neighborliness. Such a better world is possible, but only if we set our hearts on realizing the possibility."

– Brian McLaren, writing in "What I Saw in Charlottesville" on the Auburn Seminary website.

"The idea of racial (or most any other) supremacy is antithetical to that Gospel. We should remember that Jesus himself grasped for no superiority, no rank, but instead made himself a servant, giving himself in love. What we saw in Charlottesville was therefore a kind of anti-gospel, something that must be resisted, yes–but more, something that must be overcome."

– Dr. Craig Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, on Facebook.

"I heard growing up that the best way to expose a dirty glass is put a clean glass next to it. Faith leaders must stand up and show a dignified, nonviolent way. ... We’ve got to come off our pulpits and out of our cathedrals and save the soul of this nation."

– The Rev. Al Sharpton on his coming "Thousand Ministers March" for justice, interviewed by Adelle Banks of Religion News Service.

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