Recently Read: Schism Through a Young United Methodist’s Eyes

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Michael Moore grew up as a pastor’s child in the UMC in the North GA Conference and is serving as a Social Justice intern with the Communications Dept. at the General Board of Church & Society. Last week he wrote a post expressing his thoughts on schism as a young adult who cares deeply about his Wesleyan roots.

As a young member of The United Methodist Church, I feel that I share scarcely any view about social, political and, most importantly, faith issues and concerns in common with older generations of my denomination. Not that we can’t get along in casual everyday conversation, but if I discussed anything deeper than last night’s Braves game with most members over age 50, intense arguments would most likely ensue.

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Larry
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“If you are young and not liberal, then you have no heart; but if you are old and not conservative, then you have no brain,”

Jim
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I see no hypocrisy in the BOD if you believe what the bible says about homosexuality being a sin. I’ve always been taught that we love the sinner but hate the sin. I love my homosexual brothers and sisters but can’t endorse their sin any more than I would ask them to endorse mine. If we truly love one another we try to help each other overcome sin in any form.

dave werner
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i appreciate this opinion piece by a young adult United Methodist, i like his emphasis on love, and i’m glad UMR chose to share this article. ISTM that a strength of The UMC is the diversity of the people. i wonder what most United Methodists think about this issue that consumes so much of our time and energy. Many of the church members that i know (i’m a retired elder) were less concerned about what people thought and more concerned about how the local congregation could witness to God’s love in the context of the community in which the congregation… Read more »
dave werner
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Here’s something from the Presbyterian perspective, shared by a friend and Love Prevails:

http://covnetpres.org/2014/06/will-know-fruits/

bill krill
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I call ‘foul’ on Mark’s sentiment; it is exemplary of what is REALLY wrong in the UMC: disrespect, dismissive, out of touch, and insulting to anyone under 55 (and I’m 56!). Pharisees, indeed. And whitewashed tombs all.

Mark
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Bill, please give specifics as to how my comments exemplify what’s REALLY wrong in the UMC, as well as how they are disrespectful and insulting to anyone under 55. It’s easy to hurl baseless insults; it’s a little harder to back up what you say. If my comments are a “foul” then I would submit that yours are an all-out assault.

Mark
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Yet again the UMR presents only one side of an issue, thereby continuing to marginalize and deligitimize itself as an unbiased source of information. I am sure Michael is a nice young man, and he makes some insightful observations, but he lacks the experience, education and perspective to speak on this issue with authority. And his experience at the GBCS will likely not provide any balance to his (current) thinking. He writes in a generally reasonable tone, notwithstanding his borderline disrespect/condescension toward those over the age of 50 (who obviously have nothing of value to contribute unless they agree with… Read more »
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