A response to A.W. Martin’s open letter to liberal or progressive friends
On October 1st, the United Methodist News Service published a blog post entitled An Open Letter to Liberal or Progressive Friends by A. W. Martin. In the post the author, Bill, refers to himself as “a long-time member of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) and the Reconciling Ministries Network” (RMN). Bill then goes on to talk about the frustration and futility that he has experienced as a United Methodist in working on trying to get the denomination to change the prejudicial statements against our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) church members over the last forty years. He then outlines two possible scenarios for the future: 1) to stay in the denomination with and “hoping against hope that in another generation or two or three our views will triumph;” or, 2) to take one of two “paths” to depart the denomination “in a well-planned, organized way that allows inclusive congregations to stay together, and, one hopes, to thrive.” The latter seems to be what Bill is advocating for.
Bishop faults jurisdiction’s gay issue stand
A UMNS Report
By Heather Hahn*
Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner on Oct. 15 published his criticisms of the Western Jurisdiction’s stand against The United Methodist Church’s teaching on homosexuality.
Delegates to the Western Jurisdiction’s meeting July 18-21 adopted a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that says the denomination is in error in its stance that the practice of homosexuality “is incompatible with Christian teaching.” The jurisdiction’s statement also urged United Methodists to operate as if that stance in Paragraph 161F of the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s law book, “does not exist, creating a church where all people are truly welcome.”
Open Letter to Dr. Bill Martin's call for Amicable Separation
It annoys me every four years since 2004 that “amicable separation” becomes in the news as the United Methodist news media runs post-General Conference stories.
Case in point: the United Methodist Reporter ran an article by A. W. “Bill” Martin, a RMN/MFSA member who wrote an open letter calling for an amicable separation between the progressives and the traditionalists because of “irreconcilable differences” over LGBT issues. It’s an article that allows for introspection from the progressives and a “see, even the liberals think this” jab that traditionalists can use against progressives.
http://hackingchristianity.net/category/umc (You’ll need to scroll past Part 2 of 2)
Open Letter responding to Bishop Coyner's letter re: the Western Jurisdiction (2 of 2)
Yesterday, Bishop Coyner again blamed the multitudes for the words of a few (or, as Spock would say, the one). This is the second time in a month that a non-Western Bishop has criticized the Western Jurisdiction, by the way. In his regular email to his constituency, Bishop Coyner makes several claims about the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church that many others have already responded to:
- The Western Jurisdiction is engaged in Neo-Colonialism, citing the words of Bishop Carcano. For a response, read Bishop Carcano’s comments here and Anthony Fatta’s response here.
- The Western Jurisdiction is a shallow reflection of Dr. King’s “very poor substitute for the honorable practice of civil disobedience as expressed most clearly by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” For a response, read Andy Oliver’s post here and Bishop Hoshibata’s comments here.
- Finally, the Western Jurisdiction would have done better to invest in prayer and discernment and study. It’s this last point that I would like to respond to.