Gay and Lesbian UM Org Declares War Of Resistance Against Church And Teachings
|CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE
November 1, 2000
Issued by the National Council of Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Concerns.
In May, 2000, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church decided, once again, to retain both its statement that "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching" and its policies of discrimination. Once again, the UMC acted contrary to the teachings of Jesus, who was so quick to assert that love, justice and inclusion are far more important to God than purity laws. This is a travesty and an outrage. Affirmation calls upon all people of conscience to resist such injustice in every arena.
Within Affirmation, we see many paths of resistance. Some find energy for leaving or for organizing for institutional separation. Others will work within The United Methodist Church, creatively resisting the discriminatory language and practices at every opportunity. Regardless of whether we stay or leave as individuals, Affirmation will honor the different pathways we take and look toward a time when all people will worship in sacred, just and inclusive space.
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