Former Members on Why They Left

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Why I Left

I belonged to a vibrant and welcoming UMC congregation. There were many same-sex couples in the congregation, and there were great opportunities for people of all orientations to gather and serve. Then, our minister became obsessed with violating UMC policies on same-sex marriage, and each week became a barrage of messages about how our congregation would separate from the UMC if necessary to pursue that vision (membership be damned). The mission of salvation and spirituality was thrown to the wolves in favor of a radical stance of "social justice" (that the minister self-defined for the congregation). I left the UMC over that, just as I left the Roman Catholic church when weekly sermons became an incessant rant about the evils of abortion. I am of equal-opportunity when it comes to "voting with my feet". When a church is overtaken by zealots pushing their self-defined social issue, I'm outta there!
P.S. The UMC that I left has closed due to defections, so I am not alone.

Dave 59 days ago


Notable Quotes   


     Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata preaches on the healing power of love at the April 26 evening service at the 2012 General Conference."To be God’s people is to be reminded that God is the Creator of each of us. We are all part of the human family. And in our human relationships we come face-to-face with a wide and wonderfully diverse family of individuals each unique but each beloved by God. Although we do not always agree, I believe it is important for us to know that we hold more in common with one another than any differences that keep us from caring for one another."

– Bishop Bob Hoshibata, God’s People Journeying Together, Desert Southwest Annual Conference website.

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