UM Accountability? Where?
From: Lisa Buie
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 11:13 PM
Subject: UMC Accountability
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This is regarding the Web site of First United Methodist Church of Ellensburg, www.gbgm-umc.org/ellensburg.
I visited the site, which is the site for the home church of Karen Dammann, the lesbian pastor recently acquitted by a jury in Washington. The site is powered by the UMC General Board of Global Ministries and a logo on the home page states that. What I found there was disturbing. Under "Upcoming Events'' there was a notice of a program at a local middle school: "Doin' Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House: How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement.'' It is billed as a comedy about a man's experiences in an ex-gay ministry. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. I don't know what organization is putting on this program. It doesn't say.
From the church site, a visitor can then link to the program's site. The site is a pink background with broken prison bars and described the program as "rocky and raucous."
It includes references to masturbation, says the church can be dangerous place for a "horny homo" and refers to ex-gay ministries as "therapy crap" (pardon my use of that word here but I wanted folks to understand).
It also mocks Jesus. One character in the show, the Rev. Meadows, says the following: "'Jesus wept.' That is the shortest verse in the Bible, and when I read it, I wonder, 'Why?' Was Jesus just a tender soul easily moved by the tears of those around him, or did he suddenly feel the grief of losing his dear friend, Lazarus? Or perhaps these are tears of remorse and guilt because he chose to do nothing to help his dying friend." (What is being implied here - that Jesus and Lazarus were lovers, and that Jesus, who was sinless and therefore had no reason to feel guilt, was guilty because he had done something wrong?)
My question is this - Why is the UMC, which provides space to this church's web site, allowing this church to use its homepage to shill for this garbage? This is entirely inappropriate use of the UMC's web space that it is supposed to be providing for churches to share the Good News and love of Jesus Christ. The notice of that event and the link to www.homonomo.com web site needs to be removed. Right Now. And churches that use the national UMC for Web space should be held accountable about their content, which should include only information that promotes principles outlined in our Book of Discipline.
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