Dear Reconciling United Methodists,
Thank you. Thank you for your show of support of our marriage. We have been overwhelmed with the people near and far who have reached out to us. When we began planning for our wedding, we expected some people to make statements against us—but what we did not expect was that the words of support and encouragement would come from so far away and be so much more numerous. We did not expect clergy to come from all over the connection to stand with us and pray with us before our wedding—we had more than 25 pastors from places as far away as Indiana, Texas, and Florida. We did not expect to be married by a United Methodist Bishop, but Bishop Melvin Talbert, a leader in our beloved church, was there to join us in Holy Matrimony.
Many people asked how they can show support to us. For that, we are thankful and appreciate your prayers most of all. However, in the days after our wedding we wanted to share three ways you can continue to stand with us:
1. First and foremost, please send a letter to your bishop sharing your story of support for Bishop Talbert.
The festivities have ended for us, but the Council of Bishops will likely make a decision at their next gathering (November 10-15) about what to do with Bishop Talbert’s stand for Biblical Obedience. This link will help you find your bishop’s contact information so you can send a letter or email—tell your bishop why you are committed to The UMC and why you believe in Biblical Obedience. Tell them it is not okay with you that they continue to put our clergy on trial for being in ministry with all people!
2. Second, please support the work of Reconciling Ministries Network with a financial gift.
RMN has been The Church to us when our own local United Methodist Church could not host our wedding. RMN provided pastoral care, a beautiful community of believers, and ensured the hopeful message of our wedding reached across the connection. We know there is so much more work that needs to be done—and we are asking everyone to share in ways that they can to continue the momentum that started in Birmingham, Ala last weekend.
3. Lastly, invite one friend to become a Reconciling United Methodist—share this email and invite them to sign up in solidarity.
Share with them why you work with RMN—whether that be a training you attended, a convocation experience that touched you or simply the fellowship the community has created for you. Together, standing up and speaking out, we can change our church.
Sincerely with love and grace,
Joe and Bobby