In choosing to move the complaint process against Rev. Mike Tupper forward for presiding at a same-sex wedding, Michigan Area Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey communicates clearly to all who would listen that she is not a friend of LGBTQ persons.

A great injustice is being committed and we must be able to say who bears the responsibility.

Every time a bishop punishes a clergyperson for presiding over the wedding of a same-sex couple, it is as if they have raised a megaphone into the air and announced at great volume to LGBTQ persons:  “you are incompatible with Christian teaching.”

One cannot claim to be a friend of the queer people of God (and their allies) while implementing anti-queer theology and policy.  If you are a bishop in The UMC and you refuse to use your episcopal privilege to stand with queer folk, you are working against us, against Christ, and against the well-being of Christ’s holy church.

Matt Berryman
Executive Director
Reconciling Ministries Network

Read details about Bishop’s decision and next steps for the complaint process at United Methodist News Service

 

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Matt Berryman

Matt Berryman serves Reconciling Ministries Network as executive director. Prior to joining the staff of RMN, Matt spent three years in law school at the Florida Coastal School during which time he worked for churches, law firms, and LexisNexis as a legal editor.From 2002-2009, Matt served United Methodist congregations in the Jacksonville area of the Florida Conference.In addition to serving churches in the United Kingdom, he has led training events and workshops for The United Methodist Church, The Fund for Theological Education, Emory University, and the Fellowship of United Methodists for Music and Worship Arts.He received a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a M.Div. from Emory University. Although he loves the heat and sunshine of Florida, he anticipates growing to love the charm of cold weather living in Illinois and the perfection of the snowflake!Matt loves an outdoor concert, a good idea, and his 14 year old son, Aidan.
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