Love One Another?



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What’s Love Got to do with it?

This issue is not whether Ms. Blaedel should be loved — we should endeavor to love everyone — but whether she violated 2702.1. Choosing to do so, she should be disciplined per our BOD. If you choose to violate the Rules, you should be prepared to face the consequences. The alternative is anarchy — a Lord of the Flies type of world. Hasn’t she come to terms with her disobedience and resigned? That of course would be the honorable thing to do if you cannot in good conscience follow our BOD you took a vow to uphold.

John more than 2 years ago

So when do we get to the real problem that divides us

That is creating this brouhaha: The questions every prospective clergy is required to answer before they are ordained.Did Rev.Blaedel answer yes to these questions before she was ordained? If she did not then why was she ordained?

Have you studied the doctrines of The United Methodist Church?

After full examination, do you believe that our doctrines are in harmony with the Holy Scriptures?

Will you preach and maintain them?

Have you studied our form of Church discipline and polity?

Do you approve of our Church government and polity?

Will you support and maintain them?

What I see is as the reason we are in this mess is that there is no longer any agreement as to what it means to be in obedience to "the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church”. And if we cannot agree on that, then we have absolutely no way to function as a unified body.

betsy more than 2 years ago


These questions need to be abolished. All they are is a recipe to demand political correctness.

George Nixon Shuler more than 2 years ago

Not at all obvious

These questions have been asked of Methodist/UM ordinands since the time of John Wesley. They are not quaint curiosities to be consigned to the dustbin of history, but are designed to ensure that those persons entrusted with pastoral leadership in every local church will both know and put into daily practice the teachings of the church. Abolishing them will ensure that "everyone does what is right in their own eyes"--a recipe for ecclesiastical disaster.

What possible connection can there be between political correctness and the historical questions? One might as well argue that abiding by the Hippocratic Oath leads to Taoism.

John more than 2 years ago

Rev. Anna Blaedel Case

Read the article three times. Still don't know the accusation against Rev. Blaedel.

Lee D. Cary more than 2 years ago


A formal complaint has been filed against her. She is being charged with two offenses, in accordance with ¶362.1 of The United Methodist Book of Discipline: “being a self-avowed practicing homosexual” (¶2702.1[b]) and “disobedience to the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church” (¶2702.1[d]).

John Astle (United Methodist Insight) more than 2 years ago

Persecution or discipline?

This seems to be a person either in violation of her vows or who lied when she took her vows.

Virginia more than 2 years ago