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Another Pro-homosexuality UM Bishop Elected

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Subject: [UMNS-ALL-NEWS] UMNS# 04306-Hee-Soo Jung elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church

Hee-Soo Jung elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church

[Editor's Note: Hee-Soo is a signer of the pro-homosexuality document, Statement of United Methodists of Color For A Fully Inclusive Church]

Jul. 15, 2004    News media contact:   Linda  Green * (615) 7425470*  Nashville {04306}

DAVENPORT, Iowa (UMNS) -- The Rev. Hee-Soo Jung of Appleton, Wis., has been elected a bishop by the North Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Jung, superintendent of the Nicolet District of the Wisconsin Annual Conference, was elected Thursday, July 15. He will fill one of the vacancies created in the denomination's North Central Jurisdictional College of Bishops by the retirements of three bishops.

The new bishops are being elected by 328 delegates attending the July 14-17 conference.  Jung will be one of 50 active bishops serving one of the episcopal areas of the 12 annual conferences that make up the nine-state jurisdiction. The North Central Jurisdiction is home to 1.6 million United Methodists in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

A consecration service for the new bishops will be held at 9:30 a.m. July 17 at St. John's United Methodist Church.

An episcopal assignment committee is already considering where Jung and other active bishops will serve for the next four years. Their assignments will be effective Sept. 1.

Endorsed by the Wisconsin Annual Conference, the North Central Jurisdiction Urban Network and Town and Country Ministry Association, the National Federation of Asian-American United Methodists and the National Association on Korean-American United Methodist Churches, Jung was elected on the third ballot, receiving 174 votes of 328 votes cast. The number of votes needed to elect was 173.

While the North Central Jurisdictional Conference is electing three bishops, four other United Methodist jurisdictional conferences are meeting to elect 18 others.

A jurisdictional conference has the following power and duties:
·       To promote the evangelistic, educational, missionary and benevolent interests of the church and to provide for interests and institutions within their boundaries.

·       To elect bishops.
·       To establish and constitute jurisdictional conference boards as auxiliaries to the general boards of the church.

·       To determine the boundaries of annual conferences.
·       To make rules and regulations for the administration of the church's work within the jurisdiction.
·       To appoint a committee on appeals.
The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 by a merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches. Methodists elected their bishops at one national gathering until 1940, when the jurisdictional system was instituted. Bishops in the EUB church were elected at one national gathering until 1968.

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News media contact: Linda Green, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.



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Statement of United Methodists of Color For A Fully Inclusive Church

We are United Methodist men and women, who love God and know that we are loved by God. We are United Methodists who celebrate the God-given gifts of our ethnicity, our gender, and our sexuality. We are United Methodists who not only acknowledge the historic racism of the church, but also the subtler present day forms of racism and division in our midst. We know this to be true, for we have experienced it as people of color in the church we love. Indeed, our love for the promise of the church has placed us on the forefront of moving the United Methodist Church to a more inclusive place. We are people who have experienced the biblical story of the anawim, "those who have been silenced." Our struggle has been to claim our voice and to transform the church we love into a place where the silenced are heard. We affirm that it has been through this struggle, when the church has lived out the gospel of love and inclusion, that the realm of God's justice has been made manifest.

We remember all too well those voices who said racism was not present in the church. We remember those voices who wielded scripture as a support for division and inequality. We remember the voices who pled patience to inequality by claiming that justice was gradual. We remember the time when silence in the presence of racism was the church's greatest sin.

As persons of color and diverse ethnic backgrounds, we can never forget our long history of struggling to not be erased by a beloved church where silence and spiritual dismemberment were theologically institutionalized. Scripture is the Word of Life, but we intuitively know the history of its use as the Word of Death, to support the sins of colonialism, slavery, racism, and sexism.

We all know Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people. Seen or unseen, they are vital members of our communities. For many of us, they have been our invisible neighbors, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, cherished members in the community of life. Indeed, we recognize that throughout history, our church and our communities have benefited from the gifts of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender people. But in return for their gifts, we have given these brothers and sisters silence or scorn. When they have asked for their name and acknowledgement of their place as worthy members in the family of God, they have been answered with continued overt or subtle forms of spiritual and physical violence.

We can not and will not deny that we recognize in the experiences of our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender brothers and sisters the resonance of our own journeys as people of color in the church. We see the truth in the words of Coretta Scott King when she says that the struggles for inclusion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people are part of the "continuing justice movement" for which Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his life, a movement that "thrives on unity and inclusion, not division and exclusion."

We are called to bear witness to the need for our beloved church to do good by its Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender brothers and sisters. Remembering the voices that told us to be silent or passive, to give up our culture and history in order to be accepted by the dominant white society and church, we reject the idea that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender people need to reshape themselves or be "cured" in order to fit in to the dominant heterosexual society and church. Our own experience of silence and erasure has taught us that abandoning identity is spiritual violence.

Remembering the voices who have told us to wait on justice, we dispute the notion that issues of race and nationality are so overwhelming that to fight for another issue of injustice is to water down the movement. For the storehouses of God's justice do not run low, and we must recognize the interconnectedness of all forms of oppression if we are ever to achieve the Kindom. The realm of God is at hand.

We acknowledge that there may be differences of opinion among us, but this does not require that we wait on justice.

We will not wait on racism.
We will not wait on sexism.
We will not wait on neo-colonialism.
We will not wait on heterosexism.

Inaction is impossible. For in the current climate, where difference is often answered with death, the church is either an instrument of peace, or an instrument of violence. The United Methodist Church must act boldly to end further injury to the Body of Christ.

In the spirit of Justice that has historically called us to move towards wholeness, we prayerfully call the church to accountability.

Rev. Gil Caldwell, African American
Dan Vera, Cuban-American
Rev. Taka Ishii, Japanese-American
Inday Day, Filipina-American
Mark Miller, African American
Nestor Gerente, Filipino
Rev. Eun Sang Lee, Korean-American
Rev. Minerva G. Carcaño, Hispanic
Rev. Ted Lockhart, African American
Jorge Lockward, Dominican Republic
Barbara Ricks Thompson, African American
Rev. Dean S.H.Yamamoto, Japanese American
Scott E. Manning, African American
Rev. Ariel Ferrari, Hispanic
Rev. Carol Youngbird-Holt, Native American
Christine L. Rembert, African-American/Caucasian
Rev. Yvonne Lee, Korean-American
Rev. Eric Smith, African American
Rev. Edwina Burton, African American
Rev. Sione Tukutau, Tongan American
Rev. Stephen Koc Jan Lee, Chinese American
Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, Japanese American
Rev. Alpha Goto, Japanese American
Rev. Lydia E. Lebròn Rivera, Puerto Rican
Rev. Wesley Yamaka, Japanese-American
Rev. Hidemi Ito, Japanese American
Rev. Willard A. Williams, African American
Rev. Charlotte Pridgen-Randolph, African American
Rev. Wesley Williams, African American
Rev. Benjamin Abrahams, African American
Rev. Luis S. Reyes, Puerto Rican
Bob Smith, African American
Rev. Gel Samson, Filipino
Rev. Traci West, African American
Lori M. Magistrado, Filipina-American
Rev. Estan Cueto, Filipino
Rev. Keith Inouye, Japanese American
Rev. Amy C. Wake, Japanese American
Rev. Lloyd Wake, Japanese American
Rev. Toshi Yamamoto, Japanese American
Rev. Renae Extrum-Fernandez, Hispanic
Rev. Eddie Lopez, Jr. Puerto Rican (Boricua)
Rev. Douglass E. Fitch, African American
Rev. Donna M. Butts, African-American
Toni Victoria Lambert African American/Native American
Rev. Ben Silva-Netto, Filipino American
Bruce Baker - Native American/Mexican
Lisa Gay Santiago, Filipino American
Paul Extrum-Fernandez, Hispanic
Rev. Youtha C. Hardman-Cromwell, African American
Jay J. Vega, Mexican American
Rev. Teresa Santillana, Peruana-Americana
Rev. Dr. Fernando Santillana, Peruano-Americano
Rev. Dr. Donald F. Guest, African American
Ki Han, Korean
Laura Tucker, African American
Enid Fyle-Taylor, West African American
Christina Cansler, African American, Mexican American and Filipina American
Darren Zane English, Aboriginal/Native American
Claudia Perry, African American
Rev. Sherman W. Harris, American Indian/African
Matthew M. Downing, African American
Hugh Blackman, Afro-Caribbean
Anita Sarah Jackson, East Indian American
Rev. Dr. Raponzil Drake Stockard
Aaron Chan, Chinese American
Mary Sacred Heart, Native American Indian
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, African American
Rev. Dr. James Lawson, African American
Rev. José Orlando Rivera, Puerto-Rican
Virginia Phoenix, African American
Rev. Noah Reyes Panlilio, Filipino
Rev. Hee-Soo Jung, Korean American
Rev. Elizabeth S. Tapia, Filipina
Elbis Santana, Dominican/Latino
Sidney Sadio, African American
Randy Miller, African American
Phil Lawson, African American
Eddie Kelemeni, Pacific Islander
Beverly J. Shamana, African American
Marisa Villareal, Mexican American
Shirley White, Native American
Rev. Kathy W. Reeves, African American
Mary Padilla, Puertoriqueña
Jos‚ Santoyo, Hispanic American
Noe C. Valderama, Filipino
Gladys P. Mangiduyos, Filipina
Edgarde de Jesus, Filipino
Marie Sol Villalonn, Filipina
Carmelita L. Matias, Filipino
Thomas Kimball, African American
Danilo Fernandez, Filipino
Chita R. Millan, Filipino
Corazon T. Factora, Filipino
Manuel Rapisura, Filipino
Lina D. Villanueva, Filipino
Anita Sarah Jackson, East Indian American
Rev. Annalise Fonza, African American
Deborah Balentine-Crose, African-American
Patricia A. O. Unubun, African-American
Ressie Mae Bass, African American
Roger Green, African American
Adrienne Fong, Chinese-American
Shirley Readdean, African American
Marian B. McCray, African American
Neal Christie, Asian Indian-American
Reverend Lily M. Villamin, Filipina-American
Rev. Lily M. Villamin, Filipina-American
Rev. Franklin Sablan, Guamanian, Pacific Islander
Ian Joseph Kaili Hu, Native Hawaiian, Puerto Rican, Japanese American
David Scott Lubbers, Mexican-Spanish American 


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