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From: <Laufferc266@cs.com>
To: <ucmpage@ucmpage.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2000 8:02 AM
Subject: (no subject)


I don't know if Greg plans to use the argument or not.  It would not surprise if he did use this argument in the future.  He certainly has in the past.

Dan Lauffer

From: Brad Gabriel
To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org
Sent: Saturday, September 23, 2000 1:47 AM
Subject: Animal Union Services Also Planned In UM Church Sanctuary

I am not positive, but before anyone over reacts, is it not possible that this is a version of the ST Francis blessing of the animals which has been a part of many local, orthodox, congregatiohs for some time? Or am I missing something?

From: Laufferc266@cs.com
To: JWarrene@surfsouth.com
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2000 8:48 PM
Subject: Re: Is this a holy union ceremony


This is the email message I sent to Gregg Dell in response to the two recent articles about Broadway Church.

<< I was just wondering if the blessing of animals is a holy union ceremony? Will your inclusive language statement include barking?

Just wondering.

Dan Lauffer >>

Dan Lauffer

From: S. Spencer
To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2000 3:49 PM
Subject: Animal Union Services Also Planned In UM Church Sanctuary

Hello? This says nothing about "animal union" -- it is a service of blessing for animals! Other denominations have this service and in fact it is an approved service found in the UM Book of Worship. Once again, the headline for the UCM site is purposefully misleading.

To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2000 2:04 PM
Subject: Animal Union Services Also Planned In UM Church Sanctuary

Whoever is writing headlines for your news web-page is doing a bad job. There is nothing in this announcement about "An Animal Union", rather the announcement is concerning a service of blessing for animals. There is nothing un-Christian or un-Wesleyan about doing such services, in fact, our UMC Book of Worship on p. 608 has a service for the Blessing of Animals which I have used. I check your web-site from time to time to keep up on UMC news from an Evangelical perspective, but I am often disappointed on the over-exaggerated headlines...the article itself often doesn't match at all what your headline is asserting. I think you'd better be a lot more careful so that it doesn't come across as slander.

Sincerely, Rev. Judy Robbins

Editors Note: Rev. Judy and others.   You are correct in pointing out that the headline does not quite match the story.   The headlines are in some cases, one line commentary.  I am convinced the issue here is not the blessing of "horses and livestock" as the Book of Worship suggests.  Rather it is all part of the pro-homosexuality subterfuge to lead people astray.  I can almost predict the line of misguiding reason..."we can bless our beloved animals, we can bless our beloved mothers—we can bless our un-holy homosexual relationships."  Broadway UMC is my case in point.

The animal blessings are part of a more un-holy agenda legitimizing the sin of homosexuality through "unions"— Hence the "animal union" headline more aptly describes the homosexual unions that the animal ceremonies subtly attempt to  legitimize.

(2 Peter 2:20-22 NIV) If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. [21] It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. [22] Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."

The animal blessing ceremonies are what is misleading.  The headline attempts to expose it. –John Warrener, owner/editor, UCMPage.org

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