Decisions Have Consequences
Last summer, the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church elected the first openly gay bishop of that denomination. Now, it is finding out that decisions to play ideological games really do have consequences. It seems the money spigot has gotten clogged, and an appeal has been sent out to open it up again:
With the election, consecration, and appointment of Bishop Karen Oliveto this summer, the Western Jurisdiction crossed a new threshold in our search to live into being the church we believe God is calling us to be – a church embracing all of God’s children and empowering every follower to fully live into their God-given vocation. Those gathered in Arizona felt the Spirit at work as they decided to elect and consecrate our denomination’s first openly lesbian Bishop. In doing so, we pledged to stand together and support one another in this continuing work.
We now invite you to stand with us supporting congregations and brother and sister pastors in need. We seek your prayers and your monetary gifts.
As we crossed the threshold, there has been stress in some of our most theologically diverse congregations. Some have lost members. Others have had members withdraw their financial support. We believe theological diversity is critical for the vitality of The United Methodist Church. We seek to help our churches as we live into this new future. All our churches throughout the Mountain Sky Area play a vital role in witnessing to the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities. We remain committed to all churches in our area.
That is why the Mountain Sky Area is creating a Mountain Sky Vital Congregations Sustentation Fund to provide churches with short-term financial assistance as we move toward the day when God’s hopeful vision of all being included in The United Methodist Church becomes fully real. This fund is especially needed where a pastor’s compensation is at risk. Allocated funds for equitable compensation support will be exhausted before the need is met. And, importantly, by Discipline, equitable compensation funds cannot be used for part-time pastors in the same situation.
Your help is needed!
As committed workers in God’s field, we invite you to stand together with us through your financial support of this fund.
It’s a real shame that the
rubes sheep members of WJ churches aren’t forking over the way they were expected to in gratitude for their church spitting in the face of Scripture and 2000 years of church practice. The nerve of some people!
But I’m sure the gay communities in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and other West Coast cities will bail them out, the same way New Hampshire gays flooded the Episcopal churches there when Gene Robinson emptied them out. It’s just a matter of getting the word out, and the social justice warriors will line up to throw their money at the Western Jurisdiction so that the Methodist church in Moose Jaw, Montana can keep its rainbow-flag flying pastor. So to all the SJWs reading this post, time to get those checkbooks out. The fourteen Methodists left in the Western United States need your help. They know they can count on you.
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