Demonstrators call church’s ‘anti-gay’ policies sinful

Here is some news from the General Conference.  Our own Anita Privett and Susan Sprague represented Trinity in this demonstration.

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By Linda Green *
May 1, 2008 | FORT WORTH, Texas (UMNS)

In an act of witness in front of delegates to the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, more than 200 people declared that the denomination’s policies and practices against homosexuality are “sinful” and that “sexuality is a gift from God.”

Primarily dressed in black, demonstrators walked onto the legislative floor at the Fort Worth Convention Center, formed a two-lined cross around the communion table located in the center aisle and draped it in a black shroud to witness against the church’s stance on homosexual practice. They entered silently, but once all demonstrators were in place, they sang, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

The black shroud and the black worn by the demonstrators to “recognize our brokenness” and “to acknowledge that the body is broken,” said Audrey Krumbach, who read a statement during the witness.

The 15-minute demonstration was in reaction to the April 30 decision to retain the denomination’s decades-old proscription in the Social Principles and other parts of the Discipline describing homosexual practice as “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Delegates voted 501-417 to keep the stance and also passed a resolution against homophobia and heterosexism, saying the church opposes “all forms of violence or discrimination based on gender, gender identity, sexual practice or sexual orientation.”

One witness, speaking on behalf of the protesters, told the General Conference that when The United Methodist Church refuses to accept and honor everyone’s call to professional ministry, it refuses to abide by the rules of Methodism’s founder John Wesley: do no harm, do good and stay in love with God.

“We are part of God’s living body in today’s world, but our United Methodist Church refuses to accept what God has already done; refuses to keep covenant with its own words in the baptismal promise;  refuses to open its hearts, minds and doors,” said Krumbach, formerly a member of the North Georgia Conference and a student at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill.

She said those outside the church have noticed “the church truly scapegoating” people “on the altar of so-called unity” and “the closeting (of) the LGBTQ people who faithfully serve the church.”

Krumbach declared that the “anti-gay policies of The United Methodist Church are wrong and sinful in the sight of God” and in the act of witnessing “we reject the lie that homosexuality is a sin and that by standing, we affirm that sexuality is a good gift of God.”

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