Where Is the Loyal Opposition in the UMC?

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would you have said this to MLK?

Should bishops have instructed their followers to obey the Fugitive Slave Act? Should Martin Luther King have canceled the sit-ins? Disobeying an unjust law with openness and honesty shows a respect for the covenant. Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressors. It must be demanded and often fought for. Nonviolent civil disobedience demonstrates respect for the covenant, not for the unjust law. It is an act of last resort.

Jeff more than 3 years ago

Re: would you have said this to MLK

Jeff, you make a fairly large assumption: that MLK's fight for civil rights for African Americans, in the fact of a hundreds of years of oppression and prejudice, using tactics of civil disobedience is analogous to clergy on either side using non-violent but nonetheless coercive means to affect change in the church. I disagree with the analogy, though it is a popular one.

Drew McIntyre 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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