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Co-Spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne: RIP

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Tim Tennant-JayneTim Tennant-Jayne: Affirmation Co-spokesperson Dies

"There are some people that I can sit in silence with a know I have been in the presence of God. Tim Tennant-Jayne was one of those people. Thank you for your quiet, powerful presence. You have taught me much and it has been my privilege to know and love you. Go with God, dear friend." -- Lyn

"I am weeping at learning that Tim Tennant-Jayne has passed away. I can't even adequately express my anger at the United Methodist Church that these saints are passing away without getting to see the change they tirelessly worked for. How many years do they/we have to be dead before an official apology? Tim and Bill made it possible for me to survive the last General Conference. I will greatly miss Tim's fierce and gentle soul. My condolences to all who loved him." -- Joy

"God has welcomed Tim as the U M C never would. The word 'saint' describes Tim better than any. My heart is heavy." -- Diane

"He touched so many lives for the good and the UMC is in a better place today for his ministry. We have lots more work to do before we reach the place that Tim and God would have the UMC to be in today's world." -- Deen

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 09:10

Marriage Equality Progress

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For Immediate Release, Tuesday December 24, 2013

By Affirmation: United Methodists Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne

The Affirmation Council wonders at the work of the Holy Spirit in our land.  New Mexico and Utah have seen judicial action open the doors for same gender marriage.  Justice has prevailed as full participation replaces discrimination.  This Christmas season has shown that God’s justice is possible.  Nor does that justice only burst forth in official church settings.  Affirmation calls on all jurisdictions to join the 18 states and the District of Columbia that welcome all to marry.  We long for the day that people in all states and nations will be included in society regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

We continue to call on United Methodists to lead in the cause of justice.  Not only do we work to open our church for all people, but we also work to live in God’s love in all the world.  Affirmation longs for the day that our leaders will stop persecuting and start calling for prophetic change.  Justice is incomplete until all the world lives without fear.


Last Updated on Sunday, 29 December 2013 09:25

Time To Do The Right Thing

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It is time to do the right thing.

Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert spoke those words to more than 550 people Sept. 1, during the 2013 Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) Convocation held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase. RMN’s mission, according to its web site, is to “mobilize United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.”


Last Updated on Sunday, 29 December 2013 09:24

Reverend Frank Schaefer Defrocked

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For Immediate Release, Monday December 23, 2013

By Affirmation: United Methodists Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne

Affirmation is angered and embarrassed by the actions of Bishop Peggy Johnson, the trial court, and the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference.  Reverend Frank Schaefer stood up to injustice and discrimination while living out his ordination vows by performing a wedding for his gay son.

Reverend Schaefer’s treatment is an inevitable consequence of The United Methodist Church’s unjust doctrine around its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQI) members.  However, it is also inevitable that just people will rise up against power structures that perpetuate injustice.  Now is the time to claim the authority to live out our Christian journeys with integrity.

The Affirmation Council stands with all who are ready to boldly engage our United Methodist Church’s power structures and demand full inclusion of all people.  Now is the time to claim our power as people who understand that Christmas is about love, not apathy; hope, not fear; joy and openness, not hiding; and peace based in justice, not exclusion.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 December 2013 09:25

"Upholding the Discipline"?

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by Kevin M. Nelson

August 29, 2013

Upholding the Discipline

“Uphold the Discipline” is a phrase that we hear tossed around a lot these days.  Specifically, I hear it asked in the context of the inclusion of LGBT persons within The United Methodist Church, particularly in relation to the marriage equality movement spreading across the UMC—a movement of which I am a proud member. 


Leaders of the Renewal movement want to know, will a bishop “uphold the Discipline” if a clergy member under their charge officiates at the wedding of a couple who are of the same sex?  In episcopal election years, like last year, it’s the episcopal candidates who are asked some version of this question in order to elicit, or not, the answer, “I will uphold the Discipline.”  If a person is a bishop, or aspires to be one, this is a question that must be answered.

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