A Korean Mom's Changed Heart

Who would have known? I went to Tampa, Florida in 2012 as a first-time General Conference clergy delegate with one mindset on the issue of human sexuality... and came back home with another. 

Prior to the General Conference, I heard stories of the LGBTQI people - a DS with wife and children who killed himself because he couldn’t live with the conflict between his sexual identity and the church’s expectation, teenagers who couldn’t take it any more in a society where they were ostracized, shunned, and attacked and who killed themselves, and more. I thought, “If it leads to a life and death situation, it is serious.”

There came an eye-opening moment at the General Conference...

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Si se puede!

“Love Your Neighbor is not an option. It’s a commandment. Not to love is a sin. Christ is calling us to be neighbors to immigrants.” The Rev. Rosanna Panizo, academic dean of the Methodist Seminary in Peru, made these comments during her statement yesterday at the Immigration Vigil, which was held to emphasize the importance of immigration to the United Methodist Church as its leaders gather to vote on related legislation. 14 United Methodist Bishops were present at the rally, along with more than a hundred demonstrators...

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Meeting of the Marginalized

Most of my life I’ve felt like an outsider. But over the years, I have noticed that most of the true advancement in science, medicine and culture were made by those who perceive themselves to be outsiders and outcasts. The margins can be a very creative place. All of us who feel marginalized and invisible in the United Methodist Church can understand each other and empathize with joy, pain, frustration, passion and calling to serve as a disciple of Christ with integrity.

The  term “Methodist” was originally used to mock John Wesley who was considered to be a spiritual outsider. This guy was riding a horse back and forth across the country believing he can build a faith community based on scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. What a wacky idea! At some point in time, John was able to embrace the term “Methodist” that was intended to mock him. It became the name of his movement. The huge growth of our church in the early days can be attributed to the meeting of many who saw themselves as marginalized by the religious establishment of the day...

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A Love Letter to Our Church from Your LGBTQI Religious Leaders

Originally posted by Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the letter below caused RMN's website to crash due to an overload of traffic just hours after the letter's release. We are honored to host a copy of this historic letter, and we stand in solidarity today with the 111 LGBTQI clergy and candidates below.

Dear United Methodist Church,

As we gather in Portland to begin the 10 day discernment of God’s leading for The United Methodist Church known as General Con-ference, we, your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) religious leaders–local pastors, dea-cons, elders, and candidates for ministry–want to remind you of our covenant with you...

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