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UM Board Of Discipleship And Publishing House Introduce Goddess Worship Heresy In New Hymnal Supplement

From: George S. Gray gsgpatat@mindspring.com
Sent: Tuesday, December 26, 2000 2:29 PM
To: John Warrener
Subject: Re: Mother God, Feminine Holy Spirit, and Mother Earth

I received the full "Pew Edition" of "The Faith We Sing" on Sunday.

"Bring Many Names" includes the verse "Strong Mother God, working night and day, planning all the wonders of creation, setting each equation, genius at play: Hail and Hosanna! strong mother God!"

Under the category "The Power of the Holy Spirit" is the song "She Comes Sailing On The Wind". Speaking of Jesus' baptism, one verse includes "As he rose up from the water, she swept down from the sky, and she carried him away in her embrace." In other verses the Holy Spirit is feminine as well.

"I Am Your Mother" is an "Earth Prayer" wherein the verses are spoken by the earth in first person. "I am your mother; Do not neglect me! Children protect me -- I need your trust; my breath is your breath, my death is your death, ashes to ashes, dust into dust."

"Praise the Source of Faith and Learning" includes "May our learning curb the error which unthinking faith can breed lest we justify some terror with an antiquated creed."

While including many wonderful songs in this official United Methodist hymnal supplement, the General Board of Discipleship and the United Methodist Publishing House went on to include songs that clearly position the UMC as a denomination that includes and sanctions the worship of a feminine God. I am very disappointed in this unauthorized action.

I can only hope that my church declines to buy this publication.

George S. Gray
Attorney At Law
Fax: 361-855-6069

Frost Office Center, Suite 200
4518 Everhart Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

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