Letters to the UMC are personal expressions of hope, longing, lament, and challenge written to The United Methodist Church and its leaders by persons who love our church and are concerned with its future. These are for personal reflection, and no comments will be allowed on these essays.

Council President Addresses “Division and Discord”

Washington, D.C.: In a pre-holiday, post-election letter to the people of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, called upon all Christians to “remember who we are” in this time of tension and anxiety and work to overcome hatred and discrimination. The letter follows: To the People Called […]

An Open Letter to the Council of Bishops from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion

An Open Letter to the Council of Bishops from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI) Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 Dear Bishops, This Sunday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Each year on this date, those of us who are transgender1, intersex2, and gender expansive3, and all who love us, gather together to remember […]

We Can Pray and Grieve, but then We Must Act

A response to the Orlando massacre by The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe June 13, 2016 Lamentation for those who suffer hate and violence Crimes of hate that terrorize any of God’s children are abhorrent and intolerable. This time it is against LGBTQ persons and communities. Persons in the LGBTQ community were targeted because of who […]

A Letter to the Council of Bishops — Anthony Ormsbee

By grace you have been saved through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) The King will reply, truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40) Dear Council of Bishops: Greetings to you in the name of the risen Christ! May you […]

A Letter to the Council of Bishops — Miranda Lupion

Dear Council of Bishops: I grew up on Long Island, an area where most people aren’t Methodist. Most of my classmates in elementary and middle school were Catholic and had never even heard of Methodism. Around the time I turned eight, they all made their first communions. As one of three students in my grade […]