Reconciling Ministries Press Conference
(Photo by Ryan Dunn, AP)
Reconciling Ministries Network held a press conference the morning of May 16 to discuss the state of affairs at General Conference as well as to send a powerful message to those awaiting good news. Among the speakers included RMN Executive Director, Matt Berryman and Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli who broke news about more than 1500 ally clergy in The UMC committing their support of LGBTQ colleagues. The press conference can be watched in it’s entirety, HERE.
Black Lives Matter Protest at #UMCGC
RMN board director, Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, led a powerful disruption today at General Conference to declare that #BlackLivesMatter – trans black lives, queer black lives, poor black lives, all black lives matter. Rev. Dr. Lightsey and the rest of the group sent the message that the church must deal with its history and present engagement in white supremacy, its silence in the face of police brutality, and its ongoing commitment to homophobia and transphobia which most dramatically affects people of color who face intersecting realities of oppression.
Letters of Support
At RMN’s press conference this morning in Portland, Oregon, Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli announced that over 1500 United Methodist Clergy have signed a letter in support of the LGBTQ clergy who came out last week. The letter states, among other acts of support, that they will refuse to take the positions of any LGBTQ clergy who are removed from their positions on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In addition, Religious leaders and heads of faith organizations from across the country are joining the chorus of support for the #CalledOUT clergy in The United Methodist Church. Add your voice alongside other names like Bishop Gene Robinson, Rabbi Denise Egar, and Bishop Yvette Flunder in this open letter of support where all are invited to sign: http://goo.gl/forms/JXnH5E0n0u.
Lay members organizing support for LGBTQ clergy and candidates
We need to show General Conference the breadth and depth of this movement. Sign your name to this letter and we’ll present it to General Conference in Portland, OR, this week. You’ll be joining more than 2,000 clergy from within and beyond the United Methodist Church in working for greater equality for all of our spiritual leaders.
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