Schism is Not Inevitable says Bishop Hee-Soo Jung

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Photo from Wisconsin Conference of United Methodist ChurchBishop Hee-Soo Jung, leader of the Wisconsin Episcopal Area, was recently interviewed by the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and stated his believe  that the schism of the United Methodist Church is not inevitable as some would state. Conservative leaders within the Good News caucus recently released a statement saying that the divide over homosexuality and the church was ‘irreconcilable’ and that schism was inevitable:

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, who oversees the Wisconsin Conference, said the majority of Methodists would resist such a split and that it would be harmful to the denomination.

“As a bishop, we are continuing to work for the unity of the church,” said Jung, who took over in 2012, shortly after the high-profile trial of the Rev. Amy DeLong, an Osceola minister accused of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual,” and presiding over a same-sex union.

“I will be working very actively to continue to unite and wrestle with this issue honestly together,” he said.

The article reports that:

Jung, the Wisconsin bishop, has worked to encourage dialogue around the sexuality issue, establishing a clergy covenant task force that meets regularly. This year, he appointed DeLong as pastor at River Falls Methodist Church, a move observers said was unusual after a trial like hers.

“That speaks to the level of moral courage our bishop is displaying right now,” said DeLong.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Blake
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Look at what has happened in the Episcopal and ELCA. Churches leaving. Members leaving by the millions. Losses of funds. This did not start just recently, but began years ago when these denominations left the doctrine of Biblical authority. Stacked voting in conventions and assemblies approved measures that went against Biblical teachings. Views of church members were ignored.
So the members left, heading to churches that preachband teach the Bible, God’s holy word. This is now being played out in the UMC and the Presbyterian churches. The mainline denominations are in total collapse. One other thing: expect property battles.

Mary Ann Engel
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I agree with Michael. When the politics of the world, is allowed to change the teachings of the church we are no longer the church. We must love our neighbors, we must minister in our communities. Scripture gives us clear models of Christian behavior. How can our Ministers even conduct same sex marriage when there is no sacrament in the bible to do so? I listened to a sermon recently about the days the apostles went out and preached the Gospels and the truth. They were not winning popularity contests. They were not saying accept Jesus continue on in whatever… Read more »
Michael R. Jackson
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I agree with the Good News caucus and disagree with the bishop. Last week I attended the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference in Peoria, Illinois. We dealt with a legislative item on same gender weddings which called for “a year of prayer, fasting, and study on how we can resolve our differences of opinion on same sex marriage and related matters.” The item passed–but with many opposed. Clearly, there is wide division among Methodists on this issue. If church leadership bows to wishes of secular groups outside the church and liberal factions inside the church who (in my opinion) minimize… Read more »
Jeff
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Thanks for the compliment, William. Of course, the conservatives have been able to thwart the will of the American Methodists on marriage equality so they are pretty shrewd, too.

Wes Andrews
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Jung is like the husband who has been serially-cheating on his wife and when confronted by her respond, “Why on earth would you think that I’ve been unfaithful?”

Mark
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And then proceed to “re-interpret” his wedding vows…..

Mark
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Liberal UMC leaders don’t want a split for a very simple reason: they know who pays most of the bills.

Mark
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The UMC will not get another penny from me until disingenuous, covenant-breaking leaders are held accountable.

Preston Barnes
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Mark, I would agree with your stance of withholding your tithe until this issue is settled if I could support that Biblically. However, it appears all we would be is disobedient to our Lord. For the gift is to Him, not the UMC. Would you agree?

Kevin
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He established a clergy covenant task force and appointed a covenant breaker as pastor of a church. And how is this working toward unity?

Larry B.
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To William, I also say “Wow.” Cynicism is alive and well in the denomination. “Posturing”? We can at least ascribe good faith to those with whom we disagree without name-calling.

Paul W.
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Just, wow. Bishop Jung needs to be brought up on charges, not be featured in a puff piece on UMR.

Rick
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Schism is not inevitable so long as clergy honors their ordination vows and bishops enforce the policies of the Church. This bishop is part of the problem.

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