DO NOT BE LULLED BY INSTITUTION-SPEAK. After last Friday’s meeting (see our previous video comments on the meeting), two bishops sent out this letter. They wrote, “It was a time of deep listening, engaging the question of how our denomination could live together in less harmful ways. Times of prayer and reflection shaped the conversation, as participants attempted to engage one another with a spirit of openness, learning, and relationship building.” LESS harmful ways? The discrepancy between the painful baring of souls and suffering of LGBTQ folks that was expressed at the meeting and the meaningless propaganda that is this letter is an insult, and simply continues the harm. Stay tuned for further communications about the substance of these meetings. The next meeting has already been scheduled for early September.
NOT. ONE. Not one person representing moderate or conservative perspectives on the inclusion and exclusion of LGBTQ persons in the UMC chose to attend the meeting in Chicago to which we were all invited today. Here are our reflections after the meeting.
Please read our most recent Open Letter that was sent to the Council of Bishops as well as the Connectional Table today.
Read our recent letter to the Connectional Table below.
Spirit Speak, a video project out of the Rocky Mountain Conference, Discloses “stories affirm that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer persons should be joyfully embraced as members of the body of Christ and as gifted children of God entitled equally to all of the ministries, ceremonies, and sacraments of the United Methodist Church.” Watch this, Spirit Speak’s first major video production, and share widely.
“The tone and content of your letter to us signaled a distinct shift away from the spirit-filled riskiness we experienced when we were with you and back toward institutional security. The steps forward that you outlined have been tried repeatedly for the past 40+ years and have proved inadequate.” This was our response to the first letter the Connectional Table sent to Love Prevails in December 2013. We have since exchanged two more letters. Here is the latest letter from the CT to Love Prevails earlier this month. Their response remains fundamentally the same: inadequate and shifting away from spirit-filled riskiness. We look forward to our encounter with the CT in Chicago at the end of the month.