News From National MFSA

Former Seminary Dean Charged with Performing Son’s Wedding

“Marrying Tom and Nick was for me a profoundly personal and quintessentially pastoral act.”  –   Rev. Thomas Ogletree

These words from Rev. Thomas Ogletree, former Dean of Drew University Theological School and Yale Divinity School, encapsulate an act of ecclesiastical disobedience to unjust church policy – an act that is inherently one of Biblical Obedience.

Ogletree served as a Seminary professor and dean over his 50 year career. He has shown a lifelong commitment to social justice, as evidenced by his involvement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. His first civil disobedience arrest was at a segregated lunch counter with African-American colleagues, including Congressman John Lewis.

MFSA will continue to update as the case progresses and share ways you can educate others and support clergy who engage in acts of Biblical Obedience.

New York Times article
Washington Post article
Methodists in New Directions (MIND-NY) statement
Reconciling Ministries Network statement

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Fellowship of Reconciliation Gathering

“Harnessing Outrage and Compassion:

Awakening the Power of Nonviolence”

Join other peace-seekers for an exciting Pacific Northwest peacemaking conference this July 4-7!
Enjoy workshops, keynotes, music, fun, and fellowship in a beautiful natural setting:
Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal with the Olympic Mountains as a dramatic backdrop.
“Harnessing Outrage and Compassion:  Awakening the Power of Nonviolence”

Join other peace-seekers for an exciting Pacific Northwest peacemaking conference this July 4-7!  Enjoy workshops, keynotes, music, fun, and fellowship in a beautiful natural setting:  Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal with the Olympic Mountains as a dramatic backdrop.

Interested in attending? (You know you are!)  More information is available – JUST CLICK HERE.

 

 

National MFSA recent newsletter:

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs197/1103299327235/archive/1113514498387.html

 

Reconciling Ministries recent newsletter:  https://aws.predictiveresponse.net/view_as_a_page/index.php?org=475&lea=26-10000017710-8&ite=429

General Board of Church & Society – Faith in Action

http://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action

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