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The Reconciling Ministries Network Digest

Wednesday, March 21, 2007



RMN MISSION STATEMENT: Reconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.



Self-described conservative producer, Steven D. Martin has created “Renewal or Ruin? The Institute on Religion and Democracy's Attack on the United Methodist Church”. The new video is offered on its own for $19.95 or bundled with either United Methodism at Risk or Hardball on Holy Ground for $29.95.


The program's producer writes:

“Some find it odd, therefore, that I have produced a video that scrutinizes an organization that claims to defend the very doctrinal standards that define my life as a Christian. I am alarmed less by the IRD's doctrinal positions than I am their tactics and intentions.


The stated agenda of the IRD involves tearing at the basic fabric of the United Methodist Church at every level. Through their millions of dollars (most of which are given from outside the UMC), they are able to drive a wedge of doubt and suspicion into our churches and conferences, seemingly for political or financial gain. It is not my intent to critique the IRD's beliefs and the doctrines it claims to advocate, but its tactics in doing so. The integrity of the church will not be strengthened when a self-appointed group of mostly non-United Methodists follows a strategy of "divide and conquer."


By producing this video I hope to draw us into a new, civil discussion about our branch of Christ's church, its past, and its future. This web site serves as a starting point for a broad debate about the role of the IRD in our church's life. The debate will no doubt be passionate, but let us, as the Church for whom Christ died, love each other in the midst of it.”


To order, visit the video website:  http://www.ird-info.com/


Video trailer at YouTube you can watch from http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/49530/

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