NY bishop dismisses complaint against lesbian minister

 

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Methodists in New Directions, an advocacy group for the inclusion of GLBT persons in the New York area, released a statement this morning on their website regarding the status of charges filed against the Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy:

Methodists in New Directions (MIND) announced today that the church complaint against MIND steering committee member Rev. Sara Thompson Tweedy accusing her of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” had been dismissed. Rev. Tweedy received an official letter from Bishop Martin McLee last week notifying her that he was dropping the complaint, thereby declining to pursue formal disciplinary charges against Tweedy, who is an out, married lesbian. 

UMR has reached out to Bishop McLee for an official statement.

Click here to read the full announcement.

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George Nixon Shuler
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Thanks for keeping us informed of the news here.

ray worsham
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The majority of U.S. Bishops seem to have decided to just wait this out while caving in to culture. This based on recent observations of bishops in public and an apparent pushing of Adam Hamilton’s highly selective treatments of scripture in the local curch. I can’t decide if they really belive they are only going to have to accept two persons in monogamous marriage or just acting like they do to sway the uninformed.

George Nixon Shuler
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Please explain your use of “only” there. “Only” …meaning you are implying some mysterios somethign else there? Spit it out. Don’t talk in riddles, unless, of course, you wish to in order to fool the listener.

james
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just wondering if any of the hierarchy is listening? they ought to be very proud of what they’ve accomplished while dwelling in their ivory towers……………….

Tim Conover
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What the heck, open the wine/scotch bar after services, few games of poker in the Fellowship Hall, slot machines for on the way in and out. Even work in a sermon about why you should always hold on 17. Think of the cash we could generate for our apportionment’s….oops, connectional giving to fund benefits for a rubics cube of relationships that we (involuntarily) now support. See, we are not stodgy old Un-United Methodists we are cool, hip, groovy or whatever we are supposed to be these days. How about a special offering Sunday for planned parenthood while we are at… Read more »
George Nixon Shuler
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This is somewhat foolish and cruel mocking here for which you should be sorely ashamed. However, the part about a special offering for Planned Parenthood is a great idea. We need to support those who lay their livers on the line to protect women from terrorists and abusers. Thank you.

Paul W.
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“Even work in a sermon about why you should always hold on 17.” Minor correction: For a soft 17, what you should do depends on the dealer’s up card; sometimes you should even double down. 🙂

You make a great point though. Sermons on how to play blackjack, and even a keg in the vestibule, would probably do less damage than overtly promoting and encouraging sexual sin.

Tim Conover
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Paul
Thanks for the correction, had the potential to cost me some cash. Unfortunately the soon to be UN-United Methodist Church is doubling down on political correctness in many areas.

kjeeee
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If bishops succeed in blatantly rejecting the Book of Discipline and do as they please, this is the end of the UMC as we know it The Book of Discipline is our constitution and the covenant that binds all United Methodists together and if bishops refuse to be accountable to the Book of Discipline it’s “game-over” for the church. Who will stop bishops, clergy, or lay from completely ignoring other parts of the Book of Discipline. As I see it, moral authority and accountability in the church will erode even further. I think disagreeing with the Book of Discipline is… Read more »
Wes Andrews
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WAD, if the progressives are honest and consistent then they would have to drop the charges for most anything between consenting adults. If same-sex “marriage” is allowed by the Bishops and progressives then to be consistent so should living together, or living with multiple partners, or one night stands, because once one walks away from our Scriptural “constitution” then there is no standard except what people “feel” is “right” in the moment, but feelings change and feelings deceive.

George Nixon Shuler
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Invalid slippery slope fallacy spotted here.

Matt
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Someone please find and quote for us the verse in the Bible that allows a woman to have sex or marry another woman, also find and quote the verse that allows a man to have sex or marry another man.
When you find it, please indulge us all by posting it.
Or you could just quote Leviticus 20:22. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

George Nixon Shuler
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Read the whole thing. It also forbids even touching mesturating women. It is a significant catalog of the superstitions of the ancients. Thank you.

Jamie Hamrick
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Sad time for our denomination. PC is our gospel and our bishops are above God’s word church tradition. Oh, did I forget the discipline? This topic has taken the UMC hostage and will be our demise. This debate has become more important than making disciples. I always thought social justice came out of Jesus but apparently it is vice versa.

George Nixon Shuler
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I agree “PC” is the problem. Those mired in prejudices against LGBT folks are demanding their irrational beliefs be institutionally sustained – in other words, that “political correctness” be enforced. Thank you!

Rev. Scott D. Summerville
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“progressives have a harsh prejudice against truth and against mutuality in community, that they will destroy community just to fulfill their narrow-mindedness.”

“progressives have a harsh prejudice against truth and against mutuality in community, that they will destroy community just to fulfill their narrow-mindedness.”

“Bishop McLee is out of control and no longer a real Methodist. Accountable to no one, he is now the dictator of the NY Conference. He is above Scripture, above the BOD, above General Conference, above the Council of Bishops, and disconnected from the Connection.”

Are these examples of “moderated” comments?

George Nixon Shuler
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Maybe, maybe not. However, they are all certainly examples of boorish assertions being uttered devoid of evidence.

Jeff
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Prejudice dies a hard, slow, painful death, but it dies.

Wes Andrews
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So true, Jeff. progressives have a harsh prejudice against truth and against mutuality in community, that they will destroy community just to fulfill their narrow-mindedness.

George Nixon Shuler
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Please provide evidence for your assertion.

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