Official Hymnal Supplement Violates Restrictive Rules To Include Goddess Worship Of "Strong Mother God"
|From: George S. Gray email@example.com
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 3:55 PM
Subject: Re: Mother God
This went to UMPH and UMNS today.
"Dear Mr. Alexander:
I received a Pew Edition Sampler of "The Faith We Sing" on Tuesday. The song "Bring Many Names" includes the musical worship of "Strong Mother God". I believe this is a radical departure from accepted UMC worship as officially reflected in the 1989 UMC hymnal. In addition it is anti-Trinitarian and can only be a source of theological confusion when placed before our youngsters in the worship service.
I am an active observer of UMC events, publications, trends and activities, and I do not believe that UMC members have been adequately represented in the preparation of this supplement. Such representation is an absolute must before adopting such a radical change in worship and theology.
I, for one, will be very upset if my children, ages 4 and 10, are confronted with the suggested worship of Mother God while attending a UMC church. It is confusing, it is anti-Wesleyan, it is contrary to our UMC doctrines, and it is unfair to introduce this theological ambiguity and confusion to a generation of children who need the anchor of truth. Jesus Christ commanded us to pray to the Father and to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I am not writing to kick your shins. I am asking that you reconsider the distribution of this supplement. In the interim, any purchasers should be completely informed of this type of content before they commit to the purchase.
By copying this email to the UMNS I am asking that they inform their readers of this development at their earliest opportunity.
Thank you for your attention and for the good work done recently by UMPH, such as the "Faith Files" and "Christian Believers".
George S. Gray"
You will probably want to review petition 30844 as submitted and as passed in GC2000. You might also want to look at the language removed by that petition from page 694 of the 1996 Book of Resolutions re "Biblical Language". "King" is apparently a dirty word. (The new supplement has a "sounds like" hymn for "Lead On O King Eternal" entitled "Lead On O Cloud of Presence".)
By the way, the other "names for God" per the song "Bring Many Names" include "old, aching God".
Thanks for all your hard work.
George S. Gray
Frost Office Center, Suite 200
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