Why 'Confessing' United Methodists Think Pastors Like Me Are the Problem



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My Pastor has some of those items -

Maybe 9 0f 10, I think, the exception being #7, because she's a widow of a career military man and has been inculcated with nationalism. Still, that's pretty good.

I would imagine Garrison Keillor's "Pastor Liz" Lutheran Pastor from his "Letters from Lake Woebegone" is of this type, too.

To me, #5 would be better if the pastor was in full agreement with the progressive worldview and a firm belief in the sacred worth of our LGBT brothers and sisters and their marriages, and that they are not automatically disqualified from ordination because of that, and we should offer them radical hospitality, would be better - as would a position that our social agencies' membership in the Religious Coalition for reproductive Choice (www.rcrc.com) is worth fighting to maintain. However, this is Kansas, effectively a bible Belt state, which recently re-elected a Governor committed to issuing a new dark age - he was a Methodist who converted to the "Opus Dei" radical right-wing sect within Catholicism, who garnered, I am sure, a majority of Methodist votes - in Kansas Interestingly the UMC here outnumbers Southern Baptists, as our largest Protestant church body, and she's no sacrificial lamb. Our Bishop tries to play both ends against the middle, but has promised church trials for pastors who deviate from the Discipline..Still, 9 of 10's not bad, in that reality. I'm thankful for her service to us. Weve faced controversy with the pastor welcoming a lesbian couple but muddled through it. And our pianist is a transwoman. Baby steps.

Geirge Nixon Shuler more than 2 years ago

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