Gil to all who were crushed and angered by the inaction and action of the UMC

Some of the greatest threats to justice are our short memories, our amnesia and our acts of revisionism as a way to conceal the awfulness of the many ways we as humans harm and hurt each other. If we remembered more clearly the history of the mistreatment of women, people of color and poor people of all races and genders, we might now, not be mistreating LGBTQ persons. We engage in "serial isms" because we have become expert in forgetting earlier isms.

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Chicago Windy City Times on Gil and Marilyn: Two very different people following UMC

Bennett is not sure when that (the church will change) may happen. "Frankly, I think society is way ahead of the church, and the church's anti-LGBT stance only makes the church seem more irrelevant and out of touch," she said. "A lot has changed in our country since 1972, but the UMC had held onto its ' [ homosexuality ] -is-incompatible-with-Christianity' language all that time."

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Gil's "musings" on the 2012 United Methodist legislative gathering, April 24-May 4

Of course there is a great difference between the Bible and the Constitution of the United States. We do not amend the Bible as we have amended the Constitution. But, we do amend our interpretations of Scripture, even as Scripture does not change. When we fail to do that, we allow the Bible to continue to be simply a book that collects dust on the coffee tables of our lives.

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GC MUSINGS: Are all people of sacred worth?

Each time I read and hear our declaration that "all persons are of sacred worth" and at the same time recognize how differently we respond to persons of "sacred worth" when they are same gender loving, I remember more than one "racial moment" in my history...

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