Let's Stay Together

(…with apologies to the Rev. Al Green)

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Love Must Win

I first engaged with the LGBT movement thirty years ago.

I've waited thirty years to experience the love of Christ in a church. Waiting another two years for UMC to decide whether or not they will love me and remove the ugly unloving anti-LGBT messages from our Book of Discipline is just too much.

How dare our right-wing extremists be allowed to hurt others! I'm willing to live-and-let live, but if those ugly words aren't removed then I'm out of here.

Benjamin more than 4 years ago

I don't see how they can

The two sides are worlds apart on a certain issue with neither one willing to cave. They both have deeply held beliefs. I do understand this. I believe the UMC will split shortly or so many churches will leave to become Free Methodist and the numbers will dwindle to around PCUSA or ELCA size. My two local UMC churches are about 2/3 of what they were 5 years ago. One has about 20 members in attendance, the other has 70 per Sunday. Meanwhile, the Free Methodist church nearby is growing and needs to add more space to accomodate all the people. I really do not see how the UMC can remain United.

Sarah more than 4 years ago

The first two points

Are the sticking points as to why there cannot be unity. As was pointed out in the sermon I heard this past Sunday, the early church as described in the Book of Acts was of one heart and soul in their understanding of who God is, who we are and what God requires of us in this life. Currently, we are not of one heart and soul as to who God is and who we are. Furthermore, we are most definitely not of one heart and soul as to whether or not encouraging LGBTQ persons to stay where they are in their perception of their sexuality is an accurate expression of God's will for humanity. Although being of one heart and soul in our beliefs has always been one of the hallmarks of Methodism, sadly, the modern American United Methodist Church has absolutely zero understanding of what it means to be of one heart and soul; all the in-fighting and conflict has just become part of our understanding of who we are. Reality is, being of one heart and soul in what we believe is what justifies our existence as a free standing, unique faith tradition that has something specific to contribute to the Christian landscape.

Betsy more than 4 years ago

Stay together

"The legislative approach has not worked. We need to find a better way forward."
So how would we move forward without a legislative approach? We can't because that is how we are structured. The Commission will present a plan and it will be debated through our legislative approach. It needs to be a really good plan.
Sexuality may not be a core issue for most of us but it sure is for some but our differences have gone beyond that of differently held opinions. This is simply one of those "why can't we all get along appeals" that have not worked so far.

Kevin more than 4 years ago