The Season of Pride
For Immediate Release, Wednesday August 12, 2009
By Affirmation Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne
Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and
Queer Concerns celebrates the recent decisions by the Episcopal Church to
allow for the ordination of openly lesbian and gay clergy persons as
bishops, and to encourage bishops to "provide generous pastoral response" to
same-sex couples being legally married. We join with our brothers and
sisters in Integrity in observing this momentous occasion. Since 1974,
Integrity has been a faithful witness of God's inclusive love to the
Episcopal Church and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
They are working for the full inclusion of all the baptized in all the
Those voting at the General Convention in Anaheim, CA, wisely and
courageously chose to follow their faith in God's love and Christ's example
of acceptance, rather than seeking to impose unity on the Anglican Communion
based on a perception of scripture more akin to the Pharisees than Christ.
These decisions are indeed praiseworthy and one more step to being more
faithful followers of God's Spirit.
As United Methodists, we follow in the footsteps of John Wesley, and claim
the Anglican faith as part of our spiritual ancestry. Our Episcopalian
sisters and brothers have shown us the direction which we as United
Methodists must also go. They have made an important and faithful step in
the direction of living God's love both in our individual lives and in our
denomination. Affirmation prays and works for the day when United Methodists
will join with our Episcopalian family in acknowledging that God's call to
ordained service is not limited to heterosexual persons only, nor are only
heterosexual relationships acknowledged, honored, and blessed.
This church season of Pentecost is also a season of Pride. In 1969, our
queer ancestors rebelled at the Stonewall Inn and marked a change in their
own and in society's understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,
and Queer persons. As we commemorate this fortieth year, we acknowledge the
number of wonderful accomplishments as well as the disappointing set-backs
politically. Yet each year brings an increased amount of growth and
accomplishment. The decisions made at this time by the Episcopal Church are
a wonderful addition to this special season of Pride.
As an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer
people, Affirmation radically reclaims the compassionate and transforming
gospel of Jesus Christ by relentlessly pursuing full inclusion in the Church
as we journey with the Spirit in creating God's beloved community.
Affirmation is an activist, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization with
no official ties to The United Methodist Church.
How to Contact Us: email: umaffirmation@...
Affirmation web: http://www.umaffirm.org
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