Recently Read: United Methodists may be model for how to remain United despite differences.

Rev. Donna Pritchard, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Portland, with her big binder of General Conference resolutions to be considered this year. She is among the nearly 900 voting delegates who will convene in Portland next week to reexamine the doctrine, procedures and social stances of the global United Methodist Church.

Samantha Swindler wrote a great column Friday at featuring the Rev. Donna Pritchard, the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Portland, who reflected on her hope for the upcoming General Conference:

“I don’t think I have the right to tell a pastor in Zimbabwe, ‘I don’t care if you can be arrested, maybe even put to death, for marrying two men, you have to do it,'” Donna said. “On the other hand, I don’t think it’s right for them to tell me ‘You cannot marry two men.'”

There are, of course, more left-leaning members of the church who balk at leaving gay members behind in other countries. From their point of view, inequality anywhere is a threat to equality everywhere. But in Donna’s mind, change on LGBTQ issues can’t come globally in a single vote. Keeping the church together – and she believes there is great value in that – will require compromise. And if most progressive-leaning members leave the church, world-wide change on LGBTQ issues may never happen.

“How does a church that grew up in a colonial time move beyond that and really, truly embrace a global community?” Donna asked. “I gotta tell you, if the United Methodist Church has anything to offer to the world at large, it’s this. If we could model ‘how do you do it,’ what a gift we would give to the world. It would be like a UN that works.”

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Sorry Donna, but there is no way that this can hold together. There is no ‘third way.’ Either practicing homosexuality continues to be called sin, as the scriptures indicate in both Old and New Testaments, or it is deemed to be no longer a sin. We can’t walk in two different directions. Those who hold to the traditional understanding of marriage and the prohibitions against same sex practices will not continue to stay in a denomination that makes such a radical turn, violates the Discipline, and now promotes something that has always been understood as sinful. And, on the other… Read more »

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