The following is a letter from Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent J. Siladi, Massachusetts Transitional Interim Conference Minister The Rev. Don Remick and Rhode Island Transitional Conference Minister The Rev. Marilyn Kendrix:
“Revolutionary love is a well-spring of care, an awakening to the inherent dignity and beauty of others and the earth, a quieting of the ego, a way moving through the world in relationship, asking: ‘What is your story? What is at stake? What is my part in your flourishing?’ Loving others, even our opponents, in this way has the power to sustain political, social and moral transformation. This is how love changes the world.”
~ Valarie Kaur
We stand in love: a decision, a choice, not just an emotion.
And emotions are running high for many right now in response and reaction to the decision of the special session of the General Synod of the United Methodist Church.
Each of our Together, As One
conferences have voted to be Open and Affirming. And across our UCC, local churches and conferences have taken a stand to declare themselves Open and Affirming. We have debated and talked, we have searched scripture, history and tradition, we have brought the voices and stories of our LGBTQI siblings into the center, we have listened to our still speaking God. We have chosen an extravagant welcome proclaiming “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
It has been a long road. And in honesty and vulnerability we confess that it is still a debate within many of our churches and we, as conferences, still have a long way to go to fully center the voices and experiences that have too long been kept on the margins. We have work to do, even as love and justice for our LGBTQI kin is one of the core values of the vision that is shaping the development of our new Together, As One
So our hearts go out to our siblings within the United Methodist Church. There are many whose wounds are being freshly opened. There are many who are even less certain of their safety and place within their treasured spiritual homes. There are many longing for a world and a church that is ‘awakened to the inherent dignity and beauty of others…” And so, as The Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC, has written
: “We hold the entire United Methodist Church in prayer as it seeks to heal and to express its faith in light of their understandings of scripture and the gospel.”
And we invite you to pray and reach out in revolutionary love to those that are grieving, hurting, angry, worried and longing for a better way to be as God’s children. “This is how love changes the world.”
Connecticut Conference Minister The Rev. Kent J. Siladi
Massachusetts Transitional Interim Conference Minister The Rev. Don Remick
Rhode Island Transitional Conference Minister The Rev. Marilyn Kendrix