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UM Evangelical Women's Leader Protests UM Women's Official Move Toward Goddess Worship

Dear Prayer Partner:

Warm greetings to you in Christ from here at Good News. I want to ask you to join us in prayer for a major reform to take place among the Women's Division leadership in New York. These are the staff persons who give leadership to the United Methodist Women's program across our church.

On December 6, Good News along with our RENEW Network for women, headed by its President Mrs. L. Faye Short of Cornelia, George, launched a national call for the Women's Division directors and conference and district leaders to begin a process of reform of the Women's Division. It has strayed from its intended purpose.

Many United Methodist women "feel betrayed by Division staff and by the elected directors," Faye Short said in a November 14 letter to the national directors of the Women's Division. She cited as causes for concern the decisions at the Women's Division's October board meeting, which included outspoken opposition to the nation's war against terrorism, its endorsing official status to a radical feminist "Sophia Circle" which meets monthly to study the writings of the controversial Re-Imagining Community newsletter, and also the Division's inviting of controversial Re-Imagining speaker--Barbara Lundblad--to speak at the UMW Assembly this coming April. Lundblad, a Lutheran, boasted in her controversial address at the 1993 Re-Imagining Conference, "We did not last night name the name of Jesus. Nor have we done anything in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (with laughter and cheers following). She went on in her message to advocate the acceptance of lesbian practice, and referred to Jesus as the "child of Sophia" and to God as "Sophia."

These are serious issues and reflect deep-seated problems with our Women's Division. Certainly, most United Methodist pastors are grateful for the good work and concern for missions expressed by United Methodist Women's local units. However, many have had concerns for years about the radical feminist, pro-abortion, virulently anti-American, anti-evangelical, pro-homosexual attitude exhibited by the Women's Division and its leadership in New York.

Carolyn Elias, a member of our Good News board, was a press representative for RENEW at the October meeting of the Women's Division. Carolyn wrote about the meeting, "I was deeply distressed by the many cynical anti-U.S. sentiments expressed in committees by both staff and directors." She also noted critical comments made about the displaying of the American flag, patriotism, Attorney General John Ashcroft, and the Bush Administration and heard repeatedly that the United States was blameworthy for the hatred that provoked the September 11 terrorist attacks.

All of these things are clear indicators that the Women's Division has lost its initial purpose.
Please pray that the women in our United Methodist Churches will be willing to take a long look at the leadership of the New York offices. Pray for Faye Short, who is giving excellent leadership in this Call for Reform.

You may wish to write for the "Campaign for Reform" packet which includes a 14-page White Paper addressing the grievances we've had with the Women's Division over the last 12-15 years; it also has prayer and fasting materials, and information to help you in taking action. You can get it by sending $10 plus $3.95 for shipping and handling to: RENEW, P.O. Box 889, Cornelia, GA 30531.

You may wish to check Good News' web site for a copy of Faye's letter to the Women's Division directors, as well as a copy of the press release that we sent to the media on December 6. Our web site is: www.goodnewsmag.org. There are lots of helpful resources on our site. I urge you to check it out.

But please, join us in under girding this Call for Reform in prayer. I am convinced it is in accord with God's desires for the Women's Division.

Finally, please pray for the Good News board of directors which meets in Wilmore this Wednesday through Friday, January 23-25, 2002. Pray we will have God's anointing upon us. Some 35 board members from across the country will be here.

God bless you richly.

Yours in Christ,
Jim Heidinger



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