Soulforce supports the UMC and Rev. Amy Delong by attending the church trial
WHO: United Methodist Church and Rev. Amy Delong
WHAT: The UMC will be conducting a church trial of Rev. Amy Delong. Rev. Amy is charged with 1) being a self-avowed practicing homosexual in violation of ¶2702.1b of the Discipline and 2) with conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions in violation of ¶2702.1b of the Discipline.
WHEN: June 21-23, 2011
WHERE: Kaukauna, WI (near Green Bay & Oshkosh, WI)
As is its pattern in matters regarding human sexuality, The United Methodist Church has once again chosen legalism over love and punishment over partnership.
Rev. Amy DeLong, an effective preacher and pastor, finds herself on the wrong side of church law because of:
Pastoral Care (she gracefully cared for a loving lesbian couple by officiating at their Holy Union) and
Love (she and Val, her partner of 15 years, share a life-affirming, deeply loving relationship).
Both of these affirmations of love are prohibited by the United Methodist Church and are considered “chargeable offenses.” Conviction of a chargeable offense can lead to the removal of clergy credentials and all ministerial privileges.
From Amy’s Love On Trial website (www.loveontrial.org)
Soulforce will join Rev. Amy and hordes of her supporters at the church trial in June. You are invited to stand in truth and be a witness as the UMC struggles to reconcile its historical inclusion of all with its hysterical exclusion of LGBTQ people. So far, a group of veteran Soulforce’rs and new friends are signed up to be in Kaukauna…won’t you join us? To sign up and/or for more information, write firstname.lastname@example.org.