Monday, September 18, 2006
United Methodist "Missionary" is Planned Parenthood Staffer
In its 2004-2005 Biennial Report, the missions board of the United Methodist Church reported a total of 904 missionaries affiliated with the board.
However, it would be a mistake to assume that all 904 individuals are engaged in traditional Christian missions work.
One example is Susan Burgess. According to the website of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), the “ministry” to which she is commissioned by the GBGM’s deaconess program is to be an administrative assistant at a Northern California affiliate of Planned Parenthood.
Few United Methodists would agree that secretarial work for America’s largest abortion provider qualifies as Christian missionary service.
Even aside from moral qualms about abortion, there is much about Planned Parenthood that most United Methodists would find quite objectionable.
Like its parent body, Planned Parenthood-Shasta Diablo (where Burgess works) is very involved in far-left political activism. Last year, it lobbied in favor of a bill to “legalize same-sex marriage,” in blatant opposition to historic United Methodist Church teachings on marriage that have been affirmed by growing margins at the last few General Conferences. It also seeks to defend the legality of “aborting” infants who are already partially born, a practice condemned by the United Methodist Social Principles. Other political activities of Burgess’s employer include maintaining an “Action Fund” to help elect politicians who oppose any restriction on abortion and generating opposition to a proposed ballot initiative that would require its clinics to notify the parents of minor girls before performing abortion surgery on her.
Read the rest of report here.
Contact GBGM General Secretary Randy Day (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-870-3606) and Deaconness Program Executive Secretary Becky Dodson Louter (email@example.com or call 212-870-3850) to respectfully protest the board’s endorsement of the work of Susan Burgess at Planned Parenthood. You may also wish to contact any GBGM Directors you may know to politely share your concerns, as well as the bishops who help lead the board: Bishop Joel Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bishop Violet Fisher (email@example.com), Bishop Larry Goodpaster (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bishop Joseph Humper (email@example.com), Benjamin Justo (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bishop Øystein Olsen (email@example.com), Bishop Bruce Ough (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bishop Edward Paup (email@example.com).