I have no problem with your leaving, iceskater. Many have made your same decision for similar reasons, and I wish them well.
You realize about the minister with the wrist slap that she was in a liberal conference with a liberal bishop, and that it was inevitable that they’d try to find a way around the teaching of our church.
I’m wracking my brain, but I can’t recall anyplace where we spelled out the penalties, so that boils down to bishop’s discretion. We tried to implement an over-bishop this business meeting, but it was shot down. (I considered it dangerous if the wrong bishop got the job, but the right one and things would hit the fan.)
Thanks. You and I have conversed several times over the last few years about my leaving the UMC. I appreciate your thoughtful responses. After a couple of years of difficult times (death, divorce, injury, job issues to name a few), I spent a lot of time trying different churches. When I first went to my current church, it was like water on a parched and arid land. So, it was the right decision for me.
I understand that the episode with the lesbian minister was in a more liberal conference. Still....to not remove her from ministry when her behavior admittedly goes against the Book of Discipline makes a sham of the entire Book of Discipline.
Maybe the influence of the African conferences will drag the American UMC back where it ought to be. Or the American UMC will die and the conferences elsewhere in the world will flourish. Time will tell.