11.07.2005

For all the United Methodists out there...

First, here's a link to the story about Judicial Council Decision 1032, which reinstated a pastor who denied membership in a United Methodist congregation to a gay man.


Friends:

Several United Methodist groups, alarmed by Judicial Council Decision 1032, have come together to take action. The first step, taken by many, was to urge United Methodist Bishops to respond forcefully to the JC decision. The Bishops have issued a unanimous statement opposing the JC action. This is significant but much more must be done. Today we have joined in a campaign, United Methodists for Open Membership, that will continue to propose united action. Many individuals and groups will take action on their own which should be encouraged. The stakes are too high, however, to only act alone. Please join in taking the following actions today. More action proposals will be forthcoming.

Kathryn


ACTION ALERT
from

UNITED METHODISTS FOR OPEN MEMBERSHIP
umom1032@gmail.com

Our denomination has just been hijacked by judicial activists on the United Methodist Judicial Council.

In Decision 1032 the Judicial Council has:
  • refuted our Methodist heritage of accepting all into the membership of our churches.
  • undone large pieces of the due process protection guaranteed to laity of the United Methodist Church by the UM Book of Discipline.
  • invented a role for the pastor to act as sole judge and jury around fitness for membership.
  • replaced the strong guarantees of inclusiveness contained in paragraph 4 of the church's constitution with a principle of pastoral discretion.

Should this ruling stand, there will be no limits as to who might be refused membership.

The ruling handed down by the Judicial Council is chilling in its implications.

WE CAN NOT LET THIS DECISION STAND!

TAKE ACTION:
Write to the Judicial Council and demand that they, on their own motion, reconsider and reverse Decision 1032. Read the decision carefully (web link below) and then express your own deep concerns about its contents. Ask that the Judicial Council respond directly to your letter.


Send letters and/or emails to:

Keith Boyette, Secretary
United Methodist Judicial Council
10501 Plank Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
judicialcouncil@umc.org

Send copies to:

Bishop Peter Weaver, President
Council of Bishops
P.O. Box 249
Lawrence, MA 01842-0449
bishopsoffice@neumc.org

UMOM
P.O. Box 15750
Washington, DC 20003
umom1032@gmail.com


Pass this action alert on to every fair-minded United Methodist you know. Tell them to take action now. Make sure they send the UMOM a copy of their letters with their name, address and email so we can keep them connected and let them know of further united actions!

Web link for JC decision 1032: http://archives.umc.org/interior_judicial.asp?mid=263&SN=1001&EN=1032&JDMOD=VWL )

Kathryn J. Johnson, Executive Director
Methodist Federation for Social Action
212 East Capitol St., NE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-8806
http://www.mfsaweb.org

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