What you can do to help and support Tom Ogletree
Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree is being prosecuted in a church trial for officiating at his son's wedding. Many have asked what they can do to support Tom. Here are some answers. (For an overview of the case, Tom's bio and more, see the case page.)
- Share news about the case with friends on Facebook; “share” MIND’s Facebook posts.
- Share news about the case on Twitter using the hashtag #UMConTRIAL; include @MINDNYAC in your tweets; retweet MIND’s tweets.
- If you have a blog, blog about the case!
- If you have UMC friends who blog, ask them to blog about it.
- Share news and MIND links about the case with UMC networks and listservs.
- Help make the We do! Methodists Living Marriage Equality movement bigger and stronger: The single most important thing each of us can do as signers of the Covenant of Conscience is to build our community. Now is the time to reach out and ask more people to join us and to sign the covenant. Are there clergy colleagues you can ask to sign? Are there additional lay people in your congregation to reach out to? Is there a Sunday this spring when you can preach or teach about our commitment to what Bishop Melvin Talbert named as “biblical obedience” over Discipline obedience? Would you consider initiating the process of having your congregation sign the Covenant of Conscience?
- Talk about it in church: Talk about what it means to be part of a denomination that would prosecute someone for officiating at his own son’s wedding, and what it means to be a part of the movement to heal that denomination through our simple vow to no longer participate in the discrimination.