Recently Read: “Biblical obedience” in action at RCM Churchquake Convocation

One of the events that made up the recent Churchquake Convocation sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) were two weddings of same-sex persons, one of which was conducted by two United Methodist clergy — the Rev. Kathryn Johnson and the Rev. Bruce Robbins. Johnson recently posted her reflections on the RMN site along with the text of Robbin’s homily at one of the services.  Johnson writes:

 When I was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1985 I felt a great sense of unease at holding my clergy orders in a church that openly discriminated against gay and lesbian persons. That unease has grown in intensity over the years and has been agonizing much of the time. When same-sex marriage became legal in the District of Columbia three years ago I joined with a number of other colleagues and lay people in deciding that we could no longer live with that contradiction. With the decision not to discriminate, but to offer to minister equally to all couples prepared to marry, has come an amazing freedom. Indeed, I believe it is with this decision that I have truly and fully accepted the authority that was conferred upon me at the time of my ordination.

Click here to read the full text of Johnson’s article.

Click here to read Robbins’ homily

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Rev. Johnson & Robbins have thrown down the gauntlet. Their actions are a slap in the face of ever United Methodist who values her or his commitment to our life in covenant. The question is whether those in authority have the commitment and courage to uphold our Discipline or if they will ignore and minimize this direct attack on our unity. Sadly, I believe it will be the latter for I see no one in leadership that respects our covenant enough to defend it.

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