Saturday, February 13, 2010

Still a Methodist?

Yet another shameful reminder of just how hard it is to remain in the United Methodist Church...

Sex and the Church — Ending heterosexism

In this article, Audrey Krumbach (a Field Organizer with the Reconciling Ministries Network and a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (GETS); who is also a deacon candidate in the Northern Illinois Conference) writes - "Two men who love one another until death can exemplify the possibility for a new masculine role of cooperation rather than competition. This is the gift of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the church. Homophobia prevents receiving this gift and growing into wholeness through it."

She gives these examples of what "homophobia" looks like:
  • Asking a single person if he or she has found a nice partner of the opposite gender to “settle down with."
  • Encouraging gender stereotypes such as little boys should play sports and little girls should wear pink.
  • Ignoring the anniversary of two women who have loved one another for 19 years.
  • Failing to include sexual orientation or gender identity in civic laws that protect diversity.
  • Identifying a person primarily by sexual orientation.
  • Not talking about sexual orientation.
  • Ignoring the biblical interpretation of Sodom as failure of hospitality.
  • Not talking about transgender or the spectrum of gender identities.
  • Describing families as “mommies and daddies.”

Your Apportionment Dollars at Work by Shane Raynor on February 09, 2010.

The Sex and the Church series published at the General Board of Church and Society website is about as edifying as Sex and the City.

The latest article discusses the "evils" of heterosexism. (One wonders if there are also such things as asexism, homosexism and bisexism.)

Did you know that if you assume that a little boy will like toy trucks and guns or that little girls will like dolls, you're a heterosexist and a homophobe? You're also a homophobe if you describe families as consisting of "mommies and daddies". Sodom and Gomorrah's big sin was a "failure of hospitality." And yes, you're a homophobe if you don't consider this to be a valid interpretation. That's what Audrey Krumbach says anyway.

Does the average United Methodist know that this kind of nonsense is being propagated by an official church agency? (Have we forgotten that the official view of the UMC is that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching"?) I attend a fairly liberal United Methodist church, but I'm betting that even in my congregation most of the people are in the dark about what's going on.

It's time to shine some light on some of these problems. A lot of shenanigans happen in our denomination because the average United Methodist either doesn't know or doesn't care. [Bold mine]

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