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70 United Methodist Clergy Agree to Wed Gay Couples
Christian Post ^ | 06/03/2011 | Elena Garcia

Posted on 06/03/2011 5:30:01 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Same-sex marriage is illegal in Minnesota but 70 United Methodist clergy in the state have signed a statement saying they will marry gay couples.

"We joyfully affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage," reads the statement introduced this week at the 2011 Minnesota Annual Conference.

"We are convinced by the witness of others and are compelled by Spirit and conscience to act. We thank the many United Methodists who have already called for full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church."

The Rev. Bruce Robbins, pastor of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, read the statement to clergy Wednesday during a time of personal privilege, the United Methodist News Service reported. By the end the day, 40 clergy members had signed the statement. As of Friday, the number of signers reached 70.

"We repent that it has taken us so long to act," continues the statement, entitled "Equality for All in Christian Marriage."

"We realize that our church’s discriminatory policies tarnish the witness of the Church to the world, and we are complicity. We value our covenant relationships and ask everyone to hold the divided community of the United Methodist Church in prayer."

Order Online: Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends

The United Methodist Church holds that homosexual practice is incompatible with Christian teaching. The denomination affirmed its stance at its latest legislative meeting in 2008 despite calls by some to change the body’s constitution.

In 2009, UMC’s top court also ruled that clergy, active and retired, cannot perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. The ruling came after more than 80 retired clergy from northern California said they would conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies on behalf of clergy who cannot perform them.

Bishop Sally Dyck said that simply making a statement in support of same-sex unions did not break any denominational rules. But she indicated that officiating at a gay wedding would be a chargeable offense, according to UMNS.

Under the 2008 Book of Discipline, same-sex unions are not to be conducted by United Methodist ministers or in its churches. Clergy who are convicted of officiating a homosexual union would face revocation of conference membership or clergy credentials.

The voluntary statement was open to any United Methodist persons in the Minnesota Conference who conducts Christian marriages, and was not endorsed by the denomination's General Conference.


TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; methodist

1 posted on 06/03/2011 5:30:03 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

These are not Christians, they just like to say they are for. Bunch of damn atheists. Twisting the Scriptures like that, why not join the pathetic unitarians and be done with it?


2 posted on 06/03/2011 5:33:10 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (There are still some rinos left for 2012. Let's get them and the fake tea partiers!)
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To: SeekAndFind

These are not Christians, they just like to say they are. Bunch of damn atheists. Twisting the Scriptures like that, why not join the pathetic unitarians and be done with it?


3 posted on 06/03/2011 5:33:25 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (There are still some rinos left for 2012. Let's get them and the fake tea partiers!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Same-sex marriage is illegal in Minnesota but 70 United Methodist clergy in the state have signed a statement saying they will marry gay couples.

What is it that the Methodist church follows now that it is now know to definitely not be the Bible?

4 posted on 06/03/2011 5:34:41 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeekAndFind

Unbelievable. Did they ever read their New Testament? Paul was especially clear on the subject.


5 posted on 06/03/2011 5:36:29 PM PDT by HGSW0904
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To: SeekAndFind
Wonder how much the Arcus Foundation paid these pervert apostates.
6 posted on 06/03/2011 5:36:55 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ABQHispConservative
homosexuals can never be "married" in the church sense...never....its irrational...its illogical...its unethical....and its not based on anything found anywhere in the Bible....nor any religious tenets of any stripe that I know of..except maybe the universal unitarian idiots....

I'm getting the point where if they want to call themselves married, they dang well better have the responsibilities of marriage...like paying extra income tax...like having to be responsible for each others bills...like having messy, and ugly divorces where one of the guys is going have to probably pay alimony and split everything up equally....

male and females are on this world to procreate....its biology and its biblical.....male on male is nothing more than easy perversion....not that there's anything wrong with that :).... but its just not MARRIAGE......

7 posted on 06/03/2011 5:45:05 PM PDT by cherry
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To: SeekAndFind

As the others are saying, the United Methodist Church is not a Christian church. They left the teachings of Christ behind about 20 years ago.


8 posted on 06/03/2011 5:46:29 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: SeekAndFind

.....We joyfully affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church’s blessing...

Sorry. The Church cannot bless what God does not bless.


9 posted on 06/03/2011 5:47:07 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: ABQHispConservative

They don’t break away from the church because they hope to steal the church buildings the way the episcopal church became apostate and took the property from Anglicans ... In one case the TEC sold a church to the Muslims at a steep discount


10 posted on 06/03/2011 5:49:34 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: SeekAndFind

Any Methodist who believes in the Bible will be moving on to another Church, instead of the United Methodist Church of Sodom.


11 posted on 06/03/2011 5:51:39 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind
THIS is why I am no longer a Methodist... everything that I am and everything that I have belongs to JESUS. HE is my master and lord... I do not need something called “Methodist”.

Whenever I post with any fellow FReeper Christians... HE is with us.

Matthew 18 King James version

20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”.

12 posted on 06/03/2011 6:42:31 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("If you lie hard enough and sell your soul... you can scam your way to the top" barack obama)
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To: SeekAndFind

United Clergy...of the Devil!


13 posted on 06/03/2011 6:59:05 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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To: DGHoodini
When we were young and had small children all our friends went to the United Methodist Church.

After a few years the message got a bit radical and Notice the hymnals were changes.

I looked at and read National Council of Churches

That was my last day in that Church.

14 posted on 06/03/2011 7:03:11 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: SeekAndFind

Another magic marker denomination, like the ELCA. Just bring your magic marker to church along with your Bible and cross out the verses you don’t like. Simple!


15 posted on 06/03/2011 7:11:40 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: ABQHispConservative

You guys are missing a great opportunity.

“We joyfully affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage,”

Now I can finally marry my sister.

Or my goat. I guess it is how you define couple.


16 posted on 06/03/2011 8:29:03 PM PDT by djwright (2012 The White House Gets Another Coat Of Shellac)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Bishop Sally Dyck said that simply making a statement in support of same-sex unions did not break any denominational rules. But she indicated that officiating at a gay wedding would be a chargeable offense, according to UMNS.”

Let’s check back in another 10 years or so. And Sally Dyck is the best name for a female Bishop EVER.

Freegards


17 posted on 06/03/2011 8:56:46 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: SeekAndFind

I grew up a United Methodist. Quit going over 20 years ago. I swear Satan took it over before then. One of the reasons I still don’t attend church to this day.

I fear all the major religions are going to the dark side and don’t wish to be a part of them.


18 posted on 06/03/2011 9:11:30 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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More evil insanity from "Christians". Sigh.

19 posted on 06/03/2011 10:08:05 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: SeekAndFind

How can these churches legally wed them if the state says it’s not valid?


20 posted on 06/03/2011 11:09:19 PM PDT by eaglestar
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To: SeekAndFind

are there 70 Methodist churches in Minnesota?


21 posted on 06/04/2011 12:27:04 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: LadyDoc

RE: are there 70 Methodist churches in Minnesota?

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There are already scores of Methodist Churches in Minneapolis alone.

See here :

http://www.google.com/#q=how+many+methodist+churches+in+minneapolis&hl=en&prmd=ivnscm&source=univ&tbm=plcs&tbo=u&ei=OyzqTfW4IsTk0QH-iNyrAQ&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=more-results&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CE4QtwMwAA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=9589d0f2bb20ed2d&biw=1600&bih=909


22 posted on 06/04/2011 6:14:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: EGPWS
Under the 2008 Book of Discipline, same-sex unions are not to be conducted by United Methodist ministers or in its churches. Clergy who are convicted of officiating a homosexual union would face revocation of conference membership or clergy credentials.

You obviously did not read the entire article to arrive at your statement: "What is it that the Methodist church follows now that it is now know to definitely not be the Bible?"

The italicized quote above accurately reflects the position of the denomination. Anyone conducting same-sex unions is to be fired.

The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church have not changed, either. The Holy Scripture is our Divinely-inspired book.

Now, let me not take you to task, because I believe your heart is in the right place. I think what you're really asking is "how" our church got to this point.

Jesus answered that: "an enemy has sown tares amidst the wheat."

It is our job to oppose them, and we have successfully done that for longer and with better results than any other mainline denomination.

There is hope for this denomination if God's people will pray.

23 posted on 06/04/2011 6:22:11 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: xzins

They also support gun control and abortion. I remember watching c-span several years back when the President of NOW was on presenting her new book on abortion and womyns rights. She was introduced by a joyous Methodist Minister. I knew never to set foot in a Methodist church. Never have.


24 posted on 06/04/2011 8:51:21 AM PDT by therut
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To: therut
The Methodist position on abortion has also gradually been improved by bible believers in our midst. It is now best characterized as rape/incest/life of mother.

While the Methodist Church has long recognized the right of self-defense, it also does not have a binding position on gun control although it encourages gun control. (See the following)

"In 2000 The United Methodist Church's General Conference published a Resolution entitled: "Gun Violence" which addresses many of the issues surrounding gun control. Specifically relating to Gun Control and to legislation on the subject, this Resolution states:

"In light of the increase of gun violence affecting the lives of children and youth, we call upon The United Methodist Church to:...

(5) support federal legislation to regulate the importation, manufacturing, sale, and possession of guns and ammunition by the general public. Such legislation should include provisions for the registration and licensing of gun purchasers and owners, appropriate background investigation and waiting periods prior to gun purchase, and regulation of subsequent sale;

(6) call upon all governments of the world in which there is a United Methodist presence to establish national bans on ownership by the general public of handguns, assault weapons, automatic weapon conversion kits, and weapons that cannot be detected by traditionally used metal-detection devices;"

This Resolution is not binding upon Methodists and does not establish any kind of requirement that United Methodists agree with or support it, though many do."


25 posted on 06/04/2011 10:43:13 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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