Let's Stay Together

(…with apologies to the Rev. Al Green)

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I don't see how they can

The two sides are worlds apart on a certain issue with neither one willing to cave. They both have deeply held beliefs. I do understand this. I believe the UMC will split shortly or so many churches will leave to become Free Methodist and the numbers will dwindle to around PCUSA or ELCA size. My two local UMC churches are about 2/3 of what they were 5 years ago. One has about 20 members in attendance, the other has 70 per Sunday. Meanwhile, the Free Methodist church nearby is growing and needs to add more space to accomodate all the people. I really do not see how the UMC can remain United.

Sarah 4 days ago

The first two points

Are the sticking points as to why there cannot be unity. As was pointed out in the sermon I heard this past Sunday, the early church as described in the Book of Acts was of one heart and soul in their understanding of who God is, who we are and what God requires of us in this life. Currently, we are not of one heart and soul as to who God is and who we are. Furthermore, we are most definitely not of one heart and soul as to whether or not encouraging LGBTQ persons to stay where they are in their perception of their sexuality is an accurate expression of God's will for humanity. Although being of one heart and soul in our beliefs has always been one of the hallmarks of Methodism, sadly, the modern American United Methodist Church has absolutely zero understanding of what it means to be of one heart and soul; all the in-fighting and conflict has just become part of our understanding of who we are. Reality is, being of one heart and soul in what we believe is what justifies our existence as a free standing, unique faith tradition that has something specific to contribute to the Christian landscape.

Betsy 5 days ago

Stay together

"The legislative approach has not worked. We need to find a better way forward."
So how would we move forward without a legislative approach? We can't because that is how we are structured. The Commission will present a plan and it will be debated through our legislative approach. It needs to be a really good plan.
Sexuality may not be a core issue for most of us but it sure is for some but our differences have gone beyond that of differently held opinions. This is simply one of those "why can't we all get along appeals" that have not worked so far.

Kevin 6 days ago

Notable Quotes


     "The world watched you protest the speaker you never should have had. We cheered as we saw so many of you refuse to acquiesce in the face of threats and calls for complicity. Your actions fit within a long tradition of Black people fighting back against those who attack our institutions and our very lives with their anti-Black policies and anglo-normative practices. Betsy DeVos’ commitment to dismantling public education and her egregious framing of historically Black colleges and universities as 'pioneers' in school choice are just two examples of why she should never have been invited to speak at an event celebrating Black excellence.  ...  You represent the best of Mother Mary McLeod Bethune who took the little she had and built an institution that remains committed to bringing out the best in us."

     From an open letter to graduates of United Methodist-related Bethune-Cookman University penned by 215 Black professors congratulating them on protesting the commencement appearance of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. 


   

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