We Stand with Frank Schaefer: A Letter from Pat and Joe

Between us we have over 70 years of ordained ministry within the United Methodist Church. We have faced our share of challenges but have known still more joys within our congregations and communities. Our social justice involvements have been as near as sleeping outdoors in support of homeless youth next door, as far away as fighting apartheid in South Africa, and in many, many struggles for justice and liberation in places in between. During the recent floods in Colorado, we personally felt the concrete blessing of being part of a connectional church that reaches out to support one another and the community. We treasure the power of compassion when 12 million United Methodists worldwide unite to carry the love of God into the world.
At the same time nothing has saddened, embarrassed and angered us more than witnessing United Methodist institutional leaders fall horribly short of implementing Jesus’ call to radical inclusion and love when it comes to our LGBTQ sisters and the brothers.

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The Peace That Passes All Understanding

Jerry Evans died yesterday morning. Jerry quietly crossed over that horizon of life into the place where the peace that passes all understanding becomes an eternal reality. Even as we mourn Jerry’s death and thank God for Jerry’s life, we can know that Jerry is whole and well today.

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An Easter Story

Easter is coming. Last Easter season I told this story. I want to share it with you again in these days before Easter:

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