Book Signing & Conversation with Jimmy Creech

Trinity United Methodist Church
&
The Southwest Texas Reconciling United Methodists
are honored to host
Jimmy Creech
Former United Methodist Pastor & Author of
Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling
to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbian & Gays.

Saturday May 7th
Book Signing & Conversation
with Jimmy Creech
10am-12pm
* Books will be available for purchase.

Sunday May 8th
Mother’s Day Church Services
Sermons by Jimmy Creech
9:15 & 11:15

Events held at
Trinity United Methodist Church
4001 Speedway, Austin, TX

“Jimmy Creech, a United Methodist pastor in North Carolina, was visited one morning in 1984 by Adam, a longtime parishioner whom he liked and respected. Adam said that he was gay, and that he was leaving the United Methodist Church, which had just pronounced that no “self-avowed practicing  homosexual” could be ordained. He would not be part of a community that excluded him. Creech found himself instinctively supporting Adam, telling him that he was sure that God loved and accepted him as he was.  Adam’s Gift is Creech’s inspiring first-person account of how that conversation transformed his life and ministry. Creech was tried twice by The United Methodist Church, and, after the second trial, his ordination credentials were revoked. Adam’s Gift is a moving story and an important chapter in the unfinished struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil and human rights.”
Excerpt from Adam’s Gift.

Rev. Amy DeLong Trial Scheduled for April

(Repeated from last month – because it’s still relevant!)

A Wisconsin United Methodist Church panel has brought charges against a lesbian minister that could end in her removal from the clergy – but the same committee praised her courage and criticized the church laws that required that the charges be issued.

The case has helped inspire a letter from 33 retired Methodist bishops urging the church to drop its ban on “self-proclaimed practicing homosexuals” serving as ministers.

A church trial has been set for April in the case, the first of its kind ever in Wisconsin.

The Rev. Amy DeLong of Osceola, in northwestern Wisconsin, precipitated the case in 2009 when she agreed to preside at a holy union ceremony for a lesbian couple, and then separately registered with her partner of 15 years under Wisconsin’s Domestic Partnership Law. She reported both actions to the church’s Wisconsin Annual Conference, the governing body for the church in the state, as part of her annual accounting of her ministry.

She said she knew her actions would have consequences.

“I want to help the church to be true to its proclamations,” she said in an interview. “We don’t have to earn our way into God’s heart. We’ve already been accepted.”

The United Methodist Church, the nation’s third-largest denomination, prohibits ministers from performing same-sex unions and allows gay or lesbian ministers only if they’re celibate, or if they don’t reveal their sexual orientation.

Sing A New Song, August 25 – 28

Sing a New Song  August 25-28, 2011  Sawmill Creek Resort 400 Sawmill Creek Drive West Huron, OH 44839
Mark your calendar for the RMN/MFSA Convocation, “Sing a New Song”.
(Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.)

Join hundreds of United Methodists singing of and organizing for justice and inclusion for all God’s children as we celebrate in joyful worship designed by Mark Miller and Tanya Bennett.

In word and song, at rest and play, through action and organizing, being church together, “We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly, we are called to serve on another, to walk humbly with God!”

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Drive West
Huron, OH 44839

For more information, see http://www.rmnetwork.org/sing-a-new-song/

Let’s Write a New Verse Together at Sing a New Song by Tara Thronson

Each evening as I put my ten month old son to bed, I pray and sing familiar hymns with him.  During this time I often find myself wondering what the United Methodist Church will be for him.  Will it be a source of inspiration?  Will it bring him peace?  Will it be a community of love, welcoming all, and encouraging us each to seek justice for the least of those among us?  Will it help him deepen his faith and develop a relationship with God?

I certainly hope it will be all of these things and more.  We can be a church that is fully inclusive.  We can be a church that doesn’t just talk about social justice, but offers a community to perform radical acts of love for all our neighbors.   We can be a church that advocates for peace, protects people’s rights and eradicates poverty.  Thinking of the potential of the United Methodist Church excites me.  We can create these new “verses” for the church, and we’ll get there faster if we work together.

I can’t tell you how excited I am for MFSA and RMN to gather together at Sing a New Song.  I’m looking forward to powerful worship, making new friends, and strengthening our partnership.  To help the United Methodist Church reach its full potential and be the church I think it can be, we need to take both a bottom up and top down approach – both modeling our vision at the local level, and taking action to improve church policy at General Conference.  Sing a New Song will prepare us to do both.  I can’t wait to see you in Ohio!

MFSA Needs Financial Support as We Prepare for Annual and General Conferences

Please join with us as we connect progressive United Methodists in putting faith into action!

Membership in MFSA is not predicated on ability to pay.  We do not have “dues”.  However, our Chapter and the National Office need funding each year for programs and activities.  Membership gifts and special giving are always appreciated.

MFSA is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.   Membership gifts to MFSA are tax deductible as provided by law.

Here are two simple ways to join or support MFSA:

You can log onto the national MFSA website, http://www.mfsaweb.org and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card).

Or, you can mail a check made out to “SWT – MFSA” to our Treasurer, Janice Curry, at 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd, Austin 78758.  The suggested annual donation is $60, but any amount is welcome.  Thanks for your support!