Our baptismal vows state that we “accept the freedom and power God gives [us] to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” While we are grateful for the time and effort of those who worked on the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation, we must at the same time acknowledge and resist the injustice and oppression embedded within it.
Some feel relieved and even hopeful about the Protocol. The possibility of being free from […]
THE ADVENT GATHERING, a collaborative conference for United Methodists envisioning and working toward creating a new, liberated Methodist church, will take place at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch, Colorado on December 3 & 4th, 2019.
MIND is proud to be a sponsoring organization of this event, along with St. Andrew UMC and UM-Forward. With conference participants from across the country, together we imagine a thriving and liberated church, one that actively lives out the Gospel while exemplifying Jesus’ radical love ethic of full inclusion and affirmation for all God’s […]
For the past eight years MIND has been assisting congregations in the complex process of discernment around issues of human sexuality and what it means to take a stand for justice and inclusion in today’s United Methodist Church. These issues have now reached a point of urgency for each local congregation. We have resources and experienced individuals who are committing their time and energy to helping congregations in this process.
Please contact Rev. Jeff Wells 917-604-5227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or […]
MIND has organized two “how-to” sessions for individual laity and clergy and for Congregational representatives interested in helping their congregations in the process of becoming a Welcoming Congregation.
We are saddened but not surprised that Judicial Council findings include affirmation of the harm and punishment inflicted by the Traditional Plan, as several of its provisions have been deemed legal and enforceable.
by Rev. Jeff Wells
Church of the Village
New York, NY
At a conference called specifically to address the place of LGBTQI persons in the UMC, already on Saturday, February 23, there was great spiritual harm done as an entire morning went by—on what was publicized as a day of prayer and worship—without a single expression of prayer for or even mention of LGBTQI persons. Only when some of our New York delegates and others expressed their pain and outrage was this corrected […]
We set it up at General Conference to invite delegates to speak with a queer United Methodist, since many of them may have never done so. So far, the response has been very positive — we pray that ALL voting delegates would speak with us, not about us.
In an article published late last year, the Rev. Stan Copeland addressed the One Church Plan, one of the three plans being voted on by the United Methodist Church in February to address the issue of homosexuality in the church. Copeland is in support of the One Church Plan, but cites one major concern, that “any time we have a (congregational) vote it’s potentially divisive.” According to the article, “Copeland would rather the pastor and other local church leaders make that call.”
Hello MINDful people! We wanted to call your attention to The Simple Plan, one of the three plans being considered by the Commission on a Way Forward, and the only plan to simply remove the discriminatory language from our Book of Discipline. (It still allows for individual clergy and churches to avoid doing queer weddings, but does not prohibit ordination of LGBTQ people).
This plan was primarily composed by queer people of color seeking to inspire our denominational leaders in the discernment of a way […]