"Upholding the Discipline"?

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.

http://um-insight.net/perspectives/upholding-the-discipline/

Time To Do The Right Thing

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.”

More: http://www.bwcumc.org/news/call_biblical_obedience#.Uih9FwmtY0w.facebook

Affirmation Archives 2005-2007

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Co-Spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne: RIP

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

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