In Their Own Words: Rev. Mike Tupper

Rev. Mike Tupper speaks with visitors to General Conference about his tent witness.

Rev. Mike Tupper speaks with visitors to General Conference about his tent witness.

Last week I talked with Rev. Mike Tupper, a UMC clergy person serving in Michigan who has been sleeping outside in a tent since November 30. Rev. Tupper is protesting the exclusionary policies of the UMC about GLBTQI persons, including his daughter. Mike officiated at his daughter’s wedding in 2014 and another same-sex marriage in 2015. The case involving his daughter was settled as part of a just resolution while the other remains in process.

Mike explained how he got the idea:

Mike’s tent witness will end at the conclusion of General Conference. His hope is that he’ll be able to take down his tent because the worldwide legislative body will vote to remove the exclusionary language. I asked Mike what would happen if nothing changed, and his answer was still hopeful:

With voting just beginning this week, it remains to be seen what shape any changes might take.

Ben Hanne

Ben Hanne

Ben Hanne has taken up the role of Podcast Producer for the UMR during General Conference 2016. He is the Campus Minster at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS and a soon-to-be ordained Elder in the Great Plains Conference of the UMC.
Ben is 1/2 of the ministry oriented podcast “Preach, Pray or Die” which can be found on iTunes or anywhere you look for your podcasts.

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