General Board of Discipleship Letter and Response

We received the following response from the General Board of Discipleship after they received our open letter on March 4th. A response to their letter was sent to the Board of Discipleship on April 6th, 2014. See both letters below. ImageImage

In anticipation of the April Connectional Table meeting

You might have read our previous interactions with the Connectional Table here. We received a response from them on March 13th and replied on March 23rd. Please read their letter and our response below and feel free to share as we work towards the end of discrimination in our denomination.

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Connectional Table letter/Love Prevails response

On December 11, 2013, Love Prevails received a response from the Connectional Table for the act of disruption performed during the November meeting in Nashville, TN. The first letter posted is from the Connectional Table; the following is Love Prevails’ response to their letter.

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Open Letter to the Council of Bishops

Rev. Amy DeLong and Rev. Dr. Julie Todd have composed a letter in response to their time at the Council of Bishops meeting, held in November in Lake Junaluska, NC. They address issues that were passed over, including LGBTQ poverty statistics, cultural insensitivity toward Cherokee Indian peoples, and prosecuting Bishop Melvin Talbert while still attempting to praise him for his good works. Please read and share this important letter.

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Wez Davis

Being Knit Together 

When I think about that time
it is simply a black hole of depression
with flashes of white light and sharp pain.
The white light of another hit from the system
and the sharp pain of long term friends and family
moving away and shunning me.

 When I spoke my truth out loud
I became a loose cannon,
too dangerous to be associated with or trusted.
An embarrassment.

When forward thinking progressive folks
tell me the Holy is no longer active,
or I am in a phase I need to outgrow,
I realize that they have never been
sent into the lion’s den,
thrown into the fiery furnace
or called to be a lesbian clergy person
in the United Methodist Church.

Thanks be to the Holy
that She
has always been, is now and always will be
holding me in Her ever-loving arms.
Arms that are strong enough for anything
and kind and gentle enough for everything.

 Earlier this week I came across the web site
loveprevailsumc.com
They are naming the disconnect
between what is said in
the Book of Discipline and the Bible.
They also have a list of
Principled Leaders Lost.
Among the wonderful, powerful people listed
I found my name.
I am so honored to be included among these folks.

I am remembered.
When I spoke my truth at the Listening Post
and therefore chose to turn in my orders,
I was heard.
What I did made enough difference
to be remembered.

 I had thought this wound could never be healed.
Yet now, El Roi, the God who sees,
the Holy who met Hagar in the desert,
has also met me in the sacred Arizona desert.
She is gathering in the remaining loose strands
and knitting me together.

 I can stand tall and proud
in remembrance
of the time I spoke my truth
in a way that is still remembered
twenty three years later.

I give thanks to the Holy
for continuing to knit me together
in unexpected ways.

Blessed be,
Wez Davis
Thanksgiving morning 2013.