Bishop Mark Webb
324 University Avenue, 3rd Fl.
Syracuse, NY 13210
RE: UMC & LGBT Equal Rights
Dear Bishop Webb:
It appears there is a continuing dissonance between above rights and the United Methodist Church’s advertised intent viz, Open Doors, Minds & Hearts. You, of course, know this well. Reportedly a substantial fringe group within said church opposes this attitude of openness and equality. As I remember, this country and this Church has been there before (think Civil Rights). Would that the current, if not modern, Church will lead the way rather than be dragged kicking and screaming into the present.
What will the Church do if a substantial portion of the clergy elect to recognize equal rights in their churches? I.e., if they risk “discipline” or removal by extending Christ’s hand to all, as he reportedly did?
I am sure that such a scenario has been discussed in the Church hierarchy. Incidentally, a UMC known to me considered “moving on” to the Congregational fold because of this very issue and because it had lost many attendees due to the fact that as a United Methodist Church it could not officially open it’s door, mind and heart in an authentic Christ like manner. The bigots came first in its “Discipline.” Perhaps it’s afraid of losing the bigots. Obviously, it is afraid.
What occurs, regarding such as the Rev. Steve Heiss and others, will light the way or keep the doors, hearts and minds in their current hypocritical positions.
Our thoughts are with you as you address this seemingly insurmountable issue. God speed and good luck.
Thank you for your consideration.
Roy H. Stock