Frustration regarding inaction
I hope this does not turn into an angry screed, but I will try my best.
I just came from the second discussion about the UMC judicial council decision regarding the defrocking of a minister and the exclusion of a sexually active gay person from the church. (I realize the proper term should be "practicing" homosexual, but I hate that term. I am not practicing; I'm quite good at it.) I should mention that while I am not a member of the UMC, I am in Grad School and this discussion was part of a larger discussion going on in the Seminary about the decision. While the agenda said that time was going to be spent both discussing theologically the issue, but also practical aspects.
So with 50 minutes of a 70 minute meeting already gone, I brought up the issue of what is going on and why this is important. I reminded people of the real violence that glbtq people face, including my own experiences. I thought this was important because people really wanted to talk about many other things. How this decision is bigger then the gay issue, how this is going to effect the church, how we should just welcome all- you get the idea.
I just started to get angry. So I spoke to what I mentioned in the first paragraph. I got the typical response to what I find in so many liberal circles. We appreciate your point, but we need further discussion in order to educate. I guess my question is how many other people are going to die before people start acting? So another meeting goes by, with more pious platitudes, but nothing really changing.
Well thanks, in advance, for letting me vent. Suggestions as to how to deal with my frustrations would be appreciated. Prayers also.