OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF OKLAHOMA

The United Methodist Church’s official teaching is that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching while at the same time God’s grace is available to all. We have church laws in place forbidding clergy from performing same gender weddings and forbidding non-celibate LGBT clergy from being ordained. Nevertheless, there are many United Methodist clergy and laity who are not in agreement with our church’s current rules and teachings. Our denomination allows for open discussion of ideas, dissent, and has a process for creating change in our rules. Our denomination’s top legislative body (General Conference) is the only entity that can speak on behalf of the denomination, yet we know many faithful United Methodist Christians wish to see a church fully inclusive of the LGBT community. We respectfully and humbly argue that United Methodists are not of one mind in our understanding of human sexuality and homosexuality. Through our engagement with scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, we have come to affirm the rights and dignity of all persons regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

We celebrate the freedoms coming to the LGBT community in Oklahoma and we pledge our love, affirmation and equal treatment to all persons. We do so as we continue to pray and work for a fully inclusive United Methodist Church.

Signed….

Current Total = 317

Please note that it might take up to 24hrs for your name to be added the list. We have attempted to make the invitation, to support this letter  inclusive, however we want to be clear how many clergy and laity are from the Oklahoma Annual Conference (OKUMC).

  1. Susan Panciera
  2. Joel Panciera
  3. Belynda Clanton
  4. Carol Tobler
  5. Marian Sexton
  6. Toby Jenkins
  7. Richard Neel
  8. Jackie Neel
  9. Ron Marsh
  10. Angela Sexton
  11. John Simmons
  12. Sid Clanton
  13. Diana Grigg
  14. Laura Bottoms
  15. Carol Tobler
  16. John W. Simmons
  17. Marian Sexton
  18. Dolores Hedger
  19. Tom Sutherlin
  20. Sean Crews
  21. Tony Clyde
  22. Matt Austin
  23. Kaitlin Austin
  24. Hannah Lampi
  25. Molly Kate Been
  26. Garrett Johnston
  27. Rebecka Bourn
  28. Lacy Kelly
  29. Venita MacGorman
  30. Dr. Mindy McGarrah Sharp
  31. Branson D. Ewing
  32. Cody C. Robinson
  33. Glenda Walker
  34. Kristin Terrell-Wilkes
  35. Gail Puckett
  36. Sandra Moore-Furneaux
  37. Jenny Wood
  38. Dale Wood
  39. Marlene Jones
  40. Kristia Oney
  41. Brenda Wheelock
  42. Mary Pearson
  43. Jarod Conrady
  44. Travis Ewton
  45. Christine O’zee
  46. Patrick Meirick
  47. Patti Macumber
  48. Loran Stringer
  49. Linda Ashton
  50. Sherry Eggleston
  51. Marcus Briggs-Cloud (M.T.S )
  52. Kevin Hochman
  53. Robin Woodley
  54. Carmen Stafford
  55. Kristi S. Simpson
  56. Don Merrill
  57. Kayla Osborne
  58. Beverly Bryant
  59. Kristin Blakeburn
  60. Elizabeth Gwinn
  61. Trey Witzel
  62. Nancy Koplowitz
  63. Emily Dimmitt
  64. Tina Russell
  65. Briana Tobey
  66. Allie Grantham
  67. David Gwinn
  68. Kelli McKay-Conrady
  69. Dianna Phillips
  70. Randy Wicklund
  71. Jerry Griffin
  72. Tom Sutherlin
  73. Lanna Kelly
  74. Carl Johnson
  75. Janet Henry Boone
  76. Hannah Frye
  77. Marilyn Nicely
  78. Bob Ross
  79. Lori Hibbard
  80. Michelle Place
  81. Jane Thomas
  82. Jake Mitchell
  83. Susan B. Brown
  84. Karen R Crane
  85. Christy Albright
  86. Kimberly Carpenter
  87. Dana Taylor Smith
  88. Joy L Anderson
  89. Martha Brooks
  90. Sharon Gray
  91. Ron Gray
  92. Jane Bond
  93. Julia Trotter
  94. William Kennard-Martin
  95. Jason Kennard-Martin
  96. Barbara K Morgan
  97. Kimberly Sheely
  98. Joe Antinoro
  99. Karrel Stevens
  100. Carl Friend
  101. Teresa Grunewald
  102. Becky Griffith Lindsey
  103. Harold Swink
  104. Monica Swink
  105. Ron Kistler
  106. Mary Ann Karns
  107. Kay Antinoro
  108. Laura Ross
  109. Ann Needham Bower
  110. Heather Davis
  111. Jessica Maynard
  112. Linda Alegria
  113. Cindy O’Connor
  114. Virgil Stout
  115. Mike Tobey
  116. Beth Wright
  117. Sharon Bycroft
  118. J.C. Morris
  119. Philip Boone
  120. Fran Barton
  121. John Lingo
  122. Royce Caldron
  123. Carol McGaughey
  124. Peggy Kaney
  125. Paula Coppock
  126. Jay Ward
  127. Michael McCool
  128. Kara Ammon
  129. David Miller
  130. Margaret White
  131. Bryan West
  132. Pat Ghormley
  133. Ben D. Ewing
  134. Kathy Caldron
  135. Judi Olsen
  136. Mary K. Moelling
  137. Brady Henderson
  138. Dr. Carolyn S. Hawley
  139. Elizabeth Gwartney
  140. Vicki Cox
  141. Tava Edwards
  142. Elaine Gragg
  143. Sara Snodgrass
  144. Kristin Alex Davies
  145. Sharon Bookout
  146. Shari Goodwin
  147. Lynn Goodwin
  148. Jeff Burkhalter
  149. Rebecca Chandler
  150. V.Duane Moore
  151. Ryan Shepherd
  152. Susan Lucky
  153. Bob Boone
  154. Amy Oden
  155. James McCann
  156. Angelyn Dale
  157. Lindsey Miller
  158. Susan Wylie
  159. Myrna Ware
  160. Vicky Langston
  161. Greta Hurt
  162. Alyssa Lindsey
  163. Justin North
  164. Haywood Jablome
  165. Mary Lowe Marlin
  166. Karl Cocke
  167. Pat Sherwood
  168. Cindy Brown
  169. Vicky Chappell
  170. Amy Baker
  171. Frieda Hill
  172. Christi Luks
  173. Jennifer Douglas
  174. Kay Alexander
  175. Russell Jenkins
  176. Kimberley Porter
  177. Katherine (Katie) Goss
  178. Allison Brown
  179. Rosemary LeForce
  180. Don Taylor
  181. Lynnwood R. Moore, Jr.

 

 

 

 

  1. Rev. Jim Gragg
  2. Rev. Trina Bose North
  3. Rev. Scott Spencer
  4. Rev. Jack Terrell-Wilkes
  5. Rev. Shelly Daigle
  6. Rev. Jeni Markham Clewell
  7. Rev. Nathan Mattox
  8. Rev. Dr. Mark Davies
  9. Rev. Paul W. Calkin
  10. Rev. Dr. Allen Buck
  11. Rev. Deborah Ingraham
  12. Rev. Bill Todd
  13. Rev. John D. Rusty Williams
  14. Rev. Valerie Steele
  15. Rev. Glenda Skinner-Noble
  16. Rev. Dr. Rex Wilkes
  17. Rev. Diana Cox Crawford
  18. Rev. David Rose
  19. Rev. Susan Ross
  20. Rev. Jeannie Himes
  21. Rev. Twila Gibbens
  22. Rev. Dennis Adlof
  23. Rev. Carole Minter
  24. Rev. Amy Venable
  25. Rev. Ed Light
  26. Rev. Anthony Zahn
  27. Rev. Margaret A. Ball
  28. Rev. Ginger Howl
  29. Rev. Dr. Leslie Long
  30. Rev. Margaret North
  31. Rev. Phil Jones
  32. Rev. Denny Hook
  33. Rev. Dr. Kirt E. Moelling
  34. Rev. Mike DeMoss
  35. Rev. Jennifer Long
  36. Rev. Sharon Betsworth
  37. Deaconess Pat Hoerth
  38. Rev. Bruce Davis
  39. Rev. David Wiggs
  40. Rev. Bill Crowell
  41. Rev. Sonja Tobey
  42. Rev. Susanna Weslie Southard
  43. Rev. Jim Wilson
  44. Rev Dr Ellen Blue
  45. Rev. Dr. Grayson L Lucky
  46. Rev. Dr. Sheila Combs-Francis
  47. Rev. Tracy Schumpert
  48. Rev. Guy Langston
  49. Rev Marilynn Schellhamer
  50. Rev Linda Muterspaugh
  51. Rev. Kay Shock
  52. Rev. James Jones
  53. Rev. Marla Lobo
  54. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Box Price
  55. Rev. John Price
  56. Rev. Dr. Sandy Wylie
  57. Rev. Mark Whitley
  58. Rev. Joel Betow
  59. Rev. Montie Jones
  60. Rev. Galeda Jones
  61. Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell
  62. Rev. Leroy Thompson
  63. Rev. Neal Baumwart
  64. Rev. Bill Hathaway
  65. Rev. Ginny Hathaway
  66. Rev. Rebecca Morton
  67. Rev. Daniel K Fletcher
  68. Rev. Warren K. Russell
  69. Rev. Susan Southall
  70. Rev. Suzanne Davis
  71. Rev. Marilyn Weathers
  72. Rev. Ron Weathers
  73. Rev. Ken Tobler
  74. Rev. Dr. Stan Basler
  75. Rev. Neil C Winslow
  76. Rev. Dr. Bill Moorer
  77. Rev. Josh Langille-Hoppe
  78. Rev. Dr. David Severe
  79. Rev. Dr. Phil Fenn
  80. Rev. John Adams
  81. Rev. Terry Martindale
  82. Rev. Linda McFadden
  83. Rev. Dr. Perry L. Williams
  84. Rev. Richard Whetsell
  85. Rev. Roger R. Wood
  86. Rev. Mary Lue Eastmond
  87. Rev. Bob Gardenhire
  88. Rev. Michael Asher
  89. Rev. David Clewell
  90. Rev. David Conrad
  91. Rev. April Coates
  92. Rev. Dr. Charlotte Teel
  93. Rev. Dr. Gene Hunt
  94. Rev. Helen Taylor
  95. Rev. Dr. William R. Chace
  96. Rev. Richard Cato
  97. Rev. Adam Leathers
  98. Rev. Pam Cottrill
  99. Rev. Marcia Shoemakee
  100. Rev. Linda Lusnia
  101. Rev. Carolyn Murrow
  102. Rev. Dan Frisby
  103. Rev. Susan Marks
  104. Rev. Charles King
  105. Rev. Keith O. McArtor
  106. Rev. Don Tabberer
  107. Rev Anne Clement
  108. Rev. Norman V Wasson
  109. Rev. Ed Cook
  110. Rev. Mary Ann Emmons
  111. Rev. Mark Ewing
  112. Rev. Ruth Karns Atterberry
  113. Rev. Sara Pugh Montgomery
  114. Rev. Connell Ghormley
  115. Rev. Kristiane Smith
  116. Rev. John M. Morgan
  117. Rev. Jen Logsdon-Kellogg
  118. Rev. Jerald Walker
  119. Deaconess Shelly Owen
  120. Rev. Linda Pope
  121. Rev. Don Nelson
  122. Rev. Richard Mauldin
  123. Rev Phil Ware

Clergy on this list are either not from Oklahoma or not United Methodist.

 

  1. Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli (Baltimore-Washington Conf).
  2. Rev. Carole Vincent
  3. Rev. Dorothy Coy Light (Christian (DOC), OK
  4. Rev. Cindy Roberts (Alaska Conf.)
  5. Rev. Jeremy Smith (Oregon-Idaho Conf.)
  6. Rev. Ann B Fields (Southwest Rio Grande Conf)

 

Laity on this list are either not from Oklahoma or not United Methodist.

 

  1. Brian Petrotta
  2. Edwin Peart
  3. TC Cassidy, MPA, M.Div.
  4. Brian Petrotta
  5. Edwin Peart
  6. Marc DiPaolo
  7. Amy Baker