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July 17, 2013


Another Mainline Denomination Embraces the Zeitgeist

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, another of the Seven Sisters fell into line with the New Sexual Orthodoxy™ yesterday. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), meeting in Orlando, passed the following resolution:

WHEREAS, “We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world,” called to welcome others as we have been welcomed by God and to practice hospitality to one another, as well as to strangers; and

WHEREAS, Scripture affirms that all people are created in the image of God and share with all others in the worth that comes from being unique individuals; and

WHEREAS, Scripture affirms that as Christians we are many members, but are one body in Christ each with different gifts, called by Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves, and called to the ministry of reconciliation and wholeness within the world and within the church; and

WHEREAS, Disciples historically affirm baptism as the primary call to ministry and offer baptism to all who profess their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior; and

WHEREAS, Disciples historically profess that the nature of Christian discipleship is profoundly informed by the Lord’s table, which is central to the act of worship, calling attention to the radical hospitality extended by Jesus, who welcomes all to the table of grace; and

WHEREAS, the Disciples’ movement came to be in reaction to limitations being placed on this welcome, recognizing that excluding anyone from the Lord’s table fragments the body of Christ; and

WHEREAS, the 1997 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) called for the church to give continuing research and reflection “concerning the participation of gay and lesbian persons in the full life and ministry of the Church”; and

WHEREAS, persons continue to be devalued and discriminated against within society and more sadly, within the church because of their sexual orientation and or gender identity; and

WHEREAS, Disciples find identity at the Lord’s table, sharing as the body of Christ, valuing each other in covenantal relationship even when we disagree; and

WHEREAS, Disciples historically affirm that individuals and congregations hold differing interpretations of scripture, but that all are called to transcend differences and claim one another in Christian unity;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the General Assembly meeting in Orlando, Florida, July 13-17, 2013, calls upon the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to recognize itself as striving to become a people of grace and welcome to all God’s children though differing in race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Assembly calls upon the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to affirm the faith, baptism and spiritual gifts of all Christians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that neither is grounds for exclusion from fellowship or service within the church, but we celebrate that all are part of God’s good creation; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that the General Assembly calls upon all expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as a people of grace and welcome, to acknowledge their support for the welcome of and hospitality to all.

The Disciples join the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in approving gay sexual activity and ordination. That leaves only the American Baptist Churches in the USA (sort of) and the United Methodist Church (juridically) holding out against the tide.

Bart Gingerich of the Institute on Religion and Democracy suggests this as appropriate theme music for the Disciples’ General Assembly:

By the way, the Disciples are taking up a resolution today that will address the George Zimmerman acquittal. Guess what it says:

WHEREAS, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has declared itself a Pro-Reconciling/AntiRacist church; and

WHEREAS, the General Board has adopted our identity statement saying: “We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we
welcome all to the Lord’s table as God has welcomed us;” and

WHEREAS, in 1 Corinthians 1:10, scripture states that the only divisions we have are the ones we create; and

WHEREAS, on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in the case of the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury in the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African American child; and

WHEREAS, the United States Justice Department has initiated a Civil Rights violation inquiry into the case;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) meeting in Orlando, Florida, July 13-17, 2013, call upon the General Minister and President to work ecumenically with her colleagues in supporting the Justice Department’s inquiry; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that the words of our General Minister and President, shared in worship pertaining to this case on Sunday evening July 14, 2013, be broadly distributed to the church.

Yeah, I didn’t see that coming at all.


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The denomination of my birth and baptism….

The self-importance of the Zimmerman resolution is what boggles my mind.  TEC and the Disciples together could muster less than one percent of the population of the United States… who cares what they want to “urge” and “support” in the political sphere?  Changing the world, one forgotten resolution at a time… not likely.

[1] Posted by Free Range Anglican on 7-17-2013 at 10:34 AM · [top]

Of more importance (IMHO) is this news out of Pasadena:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/13/fuller-theological-seminary-lgbt-onetable_n_3593237.html

Give them 20-30 years and Fuller will be right there with the DOC and the rest of the lot.  What’s left of them.

[2] Posted by MTDave on 7-17-2013 at 11:04 AM · [top]

““It quickly became apparent to me that I was going to be OK and that I wasn’t going to have to forsake my faith for my sexuality,” Palacios said of his struggle for acceptance.”

[3] Posted by tdunbar on 7-17-2013 at 11:22 AM · [top]

Interestingly, it speaks of “sexual orientation” not practice, and it doesn’t appear to be specific to homosexuality.

So, I guess, the statement applies to paedophiles, necrophiles, and the other paraphilias.

Nice.

[4] Posted by Ralph on 7-17-2013 at 02:38 PM · [top]

People can convince themselves of anything if they work at it. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. Can it really be all that wrong to sacrifice a child now and then in Moloch’s oven?

[5] Posted by Romkey on 7-17-2013 at 02:56 PM · [top]

From the Fuller article

““Jesus wanted us to experience the full expression of humanity. I’m fearful of what will happen if we don’t learn to do that in the church.”

Wow.  I just… Where in the heck does she even begin to get that idea from???? This is coming from a evangelical seminary student In light of this comment, I fear I have to agree that full on apostasy may only a matter of time for this school. If their students think that human fulfillment is a major component of The Gospel, then they are already well on the way.

[6] Posted by StayinAnglican on 7-17-2013 at 02:59 PM · [top]

The history of this “movement for wholeness in a fragmented world” is instructive. The Campbells were preaching an ecclesiology that was intended to be non-denominational, to gather Christians into one church. They ended up another denomination, themselves fragmenting into the Disciples and Churches of Christ in 1906. There are also some “Independent Christian Churches” out there, which are basically the Church of Christ with instrumental music. There are variations in the Churches of Christ, but in general, they regard themselves as the only True Church; some regard themselves as the only Christians.  I had some friends years ago who were were excommunicated from the Church of Christ for fellowshipping with non-CofC people as if those people were actually Christians. I once had a CofC roommate who regaled me with 20 reasons the Episcopal Church was wrong, including such horrors as candles, vestments, and a prayerbook.  All of that said, I’ve also met some lovely Christians from the Campbellite tradition, and their a cappela singing can be beautiful.

So…. the movement for wholeness has spawned two denominations, at least. I’m thinking that taking sides in the Gay and Zimmerman Wars is arguably not a movement towards wholeness, but yet another fragmentation that is part of their religious heritage.

[7] Posted by Words Matter on 7-17-2013 at 02:59 PM · [top]

Apparently, judging from their identity statement, they’ll now welcome ALL to their table…EXCEPT George Zimmerman!

[8] Posted by helpmelord on 7-17-2013 at 07:56 PM · [top]

“, call upon the General Minister and President to work ecumenically with her colleagues in supporting the Justice Department’s inquiry”

What resources or facts do they think they can offer to support a Justice Department inquiry?  Were the General Minister and President witnesses to the incident?  Do the Disciples of Christ have some new forensics techniques that have not been previously known to the FBI?

What utter nonsense.

[9] Posted by AndrewA on 7-17-2013 at 08:29 PM · [top]

What about this jury and this verdict? http://rochester.ynn.com/content/top_stories/490926/jury-finds-roderick-scott-not-guilty/

Does Roderick Scott get to the table or even the JD’s radar? or the DoC’s?

[10] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 7-17-2013 at 10:16 PM · [top]

Kinda makes you wish for the old days of anathema’s dunnit?

[11] Posted by jedinovice on 7-17-2013 at 11:31 PM · [top]

Anathemas. 

I am too tired…

[12] Posted by jedinovice on 7-17-2013 at 11:35 PM · [top]

Never fear, the Religious Left is finally tackling violence in Chicago:

Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. joined several peace organizations for a rally on the South Side, Friday.

Jackson, Saint Sabina’s Father Michael Pfleger, and the mother of slain teen Hadiya Pendleton also took part in a march later that night.

Hadiya was killed in a Kenwood park near President Obama’s home about a week after participating in his inaugural festivities in Washington D.C.

Hadiya’s mother, Cleo Pendleton, says she fears Illinois’ new concealed-carry law will make the violence in Chicago worse.

Father Pfleger urged businesses, churches, and homeowners to protest the law by posting signs at their front doors saying “no guns allowed.”

Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/07/13/rev-jesse-jackson-anti-violence-groups-ask-for-peace-in-chicago/#ixzz2ZOeHl17O

Because, goodness knows that a potential armed robber is going to be dissuaded from holding you at gunpoint by a sign declaring that guns are not permitted on the premises.

[13] Posted by AndrewA on 7-18-2013 at 06:44 AM · [top]

At least they are concentrating on a place where you can get killed coming home from the store. The murder rate in Chicago is much higher than that of Mexico City,

[14] Posted by Pb on 7-18-2013 at 08:14 AM · [top]

Actually, I am not surprised at this .  The Disciples of Christ has been leaning left for a number of years.  The join the Lutherans, the Methodists, Presbyterians, and of course the Episcopalians in leaving the Gospel and Christ.  There are not many left that are Christians.  I once had an ‘Episcopal paste’ tell me she wouldn’t wear a cross because she ‘didn’t want to offend her Muslim friends’... Shocking no?  She has moved on to a church somewhere in Michigan to destroy their faith in Christianity.

[15] Posted by Lauriegrat on 7-18-2013 at 12:31 PM · [top]

Lauriegrat,
I agree with your comment but what the heck is an ‘Episcopal paste’? I have used the term, “Episcopagan”, to describe such non believers!

[16] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-20-2013 at 09:00 AM · [top]

I meant to write pastor…she didn’t like being called priest I believe.

[17] Posted by Lauriegrat on 7-21-2013 at 08:00 AM · [top]

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