Rebutting Criticism of Frank Schaefer Appeal Ruling

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Rev. Griffith does in a very short article cover our judicial history, our actual church law, and the reasons why, as he put it, the appellate committee's decision was "conservative." He has done an excellent job in doing this. I wish to correct only one thing which he mentions in passing. There are about 26,000 churches and parishes in the United States. There are around 33,000 pastors under appointment and around 16,000 retired pastors, thus totaling nearly 50,000 pastors in the United States. But. as Rev. Griffith points out, that is still not as large a constituency as the lowest criminal court judge serves.

Jerry Eckert more than 3 years ago

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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.

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