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MIND Spring 2017 Organizing Meeting(0)

March 20, 2017

MIND will be hosting a general meeting at five different locations. We encourage everyone to attend the meeting date and location that works best for you.

The MIND steering committee is grateful to the following hosts of the Spring 2017 meeting from 3:00-5:00 p.m.:

April 30th
New Paltz UMC (1 Grove St, New Paltz, NY 12561)
Park Avenue UMC (106 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028)
Katonah UMC (5 Bedford Rd, Katonah, NY 10536)

May 7th
St. Paul’s UMC (270 Main St, Northport, NY 11768)
Cheshire UMC […]

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Bishop’s Ruling of Law II – MIND Responds

We commend Bishop Jane Allen Middleton for offering clarification of the proper sphere of the work of the Board of Ordained Ministry and hope that the Judicial Council will find her reasoning persuasive when it passes judgment on her ruling in the spring. Her ruling is published on the NYAC web site.

A summary of the issues is provided here. We will follow and report on these developments as things evolve, but there should be no illusion about the limitations of dealing with […]

MIND Statement on Judicial Council Ruling

The fall meeting of the United Methodist Judicial Council has ruled — late on Saturday night! — regarding a bishop’s decision of law over whether the conference board of ordained ministry “is required to ascertain whether a candidate meets the qualifications for candidacy and ordained ministry, including whether or not she or he is exhibiting ‘fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness’ or is a ‘self-avowed practicing homosexual.’

A link to the full ruling, and a statement from MIND, follow.

MIND Statement on […]

General Conference 2016 – God Is Better Than The Church

“I believe in the sun / even when it’s not shining / I believe in love / even when I don’t feel it /I believe in God / even when God is silent.” At General Conference 2016, these words from Mark Miller’s song “I Believe” became our mantra of sorts. Wednesday, May 18th was supposed to be the big day that all “human sexuality” (their term, not ours) legislation came to the floor for a vote. On Wednesday morning, queer clergy […]

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