I give us this quotation from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Let us therefore continue our triumphal march to the realization of the American dream. For all of us today, the battle is in our hands. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. We are still in for the season of suffering. How long? Not long. Because no lie can live forever. Our God is marching on. (1965)
Beloved, no lie can live forever. We are all God’s children, perfectly made in God’s image. And I believe the time has come and is now near when the UMC will live out its claim of open hearts, open minds and one doors. Don’t give up! I pledge to stay the course. From Rev. Deborah Ingraham
This sounds like good news to me! Thanks for your prophetic witness and ministry. God is always on the side of justice, especially for the marginalized. God is love. You are not alone!
I truly believe that God stands on the side on the left-out, the under-valued, and the over-looked. Today God’s people should be standing up for GLBTQ persons, for full inclusion in society and the church. I pledge to work for this change so my kids can grow up in a world free from prejudge and artificial lines.
For so long we’ve waited on the edge for justice, waited to be included, to be welcomed as equals, to be invited to the institutional table. We who are still waiting for the Umc to change its polity and its attitude know and believe ourselves loved and blessed by God. How long do we wait on our church? A little longer… A little longer…
Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation
Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.
We see a clear issue of simple justice in protecting the rightful claims where people have shared material resources, pensions, guardian relationships, mutual powers of attorney, and other such lawful claims typically attendant to contractual relationships that involve shared contributions, responsibilities, and liabilities, and equal protection before the law. Moreover, we support efforts to stop violence and other forms of coercion against all persons, regardless of sexual orientation
—United Methodist 2012 Book of Discipline III. The Social Community ¶162 J) “Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation”