Bishop Lowry on Moving Through The Issues of the Church

Bishop Mike Lowry of the Central Texas Conference sits down with Ministry Matters to discuss the issues the church faces in regards to gay marriage and clergy. He also addresses his views on how the church can move forward, who may take the leads, local church perspectives, and the obstacles to overcome within the greater church system.

In this prior episode interview with Rob Renfroe, President of Good News and the author of “The Trouble with the Truth“, they discuss these issues as well at the 41st minute.

You can listen to more interviews of church leaders on Ministry Matters radio portion of their website.

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I appreciate Bishop Lowry’s articulate reflections. He helps me to see that the UMC is really painted into a corner and that we aren’t going to get out in one piece. Many of us are firmly committed to one side or the other of this issue and are never going to see it any other way. To budge at all would be to give up what we hold most dear. There’s just no way forward.


I agree — a decision one way or the other needs to be made by the institutional church. There indeed is no middle ground. To delay the decision is to widen the conflict between and among UMC members. One need only read the vitriolic comments on a number of sites that members throw at each other on this topic — shameful.

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