Way Forward Gets Input on UMC's Future

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A case of ignoring the elephant in the room

What Rev. Howell and Rev. Hamilton fail to acknowledge in their statements about how their churches are functioning is that everybody is respecting the beliefs of others. That is not the case within the denomination where one group is doing whatever it takes to force their understandings on the entire church. I had already been cruising the internet for a while listening to every voice I could find when some progressives decided it was time to force the issue with disobedience. That is also the time the whole tone of the "conversation" changed and "traditionalists" began organizing for a stronger pushback. Basically the time has passed for " let's all be one big happy family in our disagreement" because progressive disobedience has pushed the problem to a whole other level. Personally, what bothers me most about some of the more radical progressives is not what they believe about sexuality but how they go about achieving their goal of full inclusion of LGBTQ...XYZ. The cause of justice is not served when, in an attempt to attain justice for one group of people, the plan is to totally run over those who disagree with them; that is exactly what has been happening since GC2012. Furthermore, if you pay attention to what happened after GC2016, their disobedience no longer stops with sexuality; it now includes Israel and the RCRC. The question about sexuality is not what has pushed the church to this moment--it is the tactics of these intolerant progressives who appear incapable of respecting those who disagree with them. I am stunned that such a mentality has been allowed to take root within the church.

Betsy more than 4 years ago

response to Betsy

Right on Betsy. Your comment listed on the insight web was right on. You articulated my thoughts and feeling exactly. One of my concerns is the way the progressives have acceived their position. And if we elect Gay bishops then their tactic will further erode the Church.

Steven Goodin more than 3 years ago

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Jim Winkler, general secretary, National Council of Churches USA (NCC Photo)"Public and sometimes violent acts of racism, white Christian nationalism, anti-immigrant attitudes and xenophobia, along with rising incidents of anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim and other forms of religious bigotry sometimes committed in the name of Christianity, have created an urgency for the churches and the broader culture to recognize the imperative of interreligious engagement for peace-making locally, nationally, and globally."

– United Methodist layman Jim Winkler, top executive of the National Council of Churches USA, in a speech to International Religious Freedom and Peace Conference sponsored by the Mother See of Holy Etchmidzian in Armenia.

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