Why I'm Leaving The United Methodist Church

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Jesus calls all.

Thank you, Artie, for explaining so well the hurt that the denomination is causing.
Let the 'Church' explain to us whether or not a heterosexual person is still a heterosexual if he or she is not having sex. Is their orientation apparent only when having sex. I, for example, have had two loving relationships and am currently single.....but I am still a lesbian. This is my orientation. I had the privilege to grow up in the Methodist Episcopal Church BEFORE it added these confusing state-
ments about sexuality. I remain IN the church, hoping to see it correct/heal itself.
But I do no blame you for leaving, Artie! God bless you as you worship with those who understand that Creator God made each of us as we are....the lgbt a constant minority in every tribe and nation, on every continent an island, in every age. That Jesus Christ calls us all, majority and minority--all. And that Jesus sent Holy Spirit to teach things he did not have time to teach us while living among us.....That all sexual orientations are loved and welcomed as part of the holy family.
Some day soon, I pray, people will correctly read/interpret scripture. The word 'homosexual' did not exist in ancient languages and should not be use in any translations. Attemped gang rape at Lot's home has nothing to do with homo-sexuality--which by definition includes love and not simply a sex act. Counselors and pastors can tell us that some heterosexuals engage in annal sex. Do The United Methodist Church rules apply to them?
The claim that 'one man, one woman' is the model for marriage is ridiculous and laughable. Most old testament marriages included several wives and concubines. Should we go back to that??!!!!
New testament passages quoted against loving same gender relationships are really about other ideas/actions/events.
May more United Methodists open their hearts and minds to the speaking of Holy Spirit and quickly vote to reform our Book of Discipling.

Elsie Gauley Vega more than 4 years ago

Closed doors continue

I attended much of General Conference 2012. Having been a conference secretary for 18 years in one of the most loving conferences of our denomination, I was totally disgusted with the behavior of members of the Southeast Jurisdiction and the African contingent in particular. Homosexuals were likened to beastiality. On top of it the Council of Bishops sat there with their arms folded on the most part and their minds mush. The denominations is doomed to fail. It is time we got back some integrity and most of all what it means to LOVE!

Rev. Thomas L. Shanklin more than 4 years ago

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"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


   

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