Indigo Miller 3/17/15 I look forward to supporting this resolution and engaging in the deep struggle and meaningful dialogue in Kansas City this summer.
Goshen College Student Senate 3/11/15: As the elected and official representatives of the entire Goshen College student body as defined by our constitution, we unanimously voted on 3/10/2015 to affirm and publically support the “Becoming a Just Church Resolution.”
Barbara Huggins 3/11/15: I think that it’s time the church step out with courage on this issue and extend Jesus’ love. Our love isn’t as bright because if policies and beliefs that send people away from our doors rather than seeking peace within them. Love our neighbors!
George l Payne 3/10/15: I have studied and prayed and wrestled with a strong and uncompromised committed to God’s truth, and have come to the conclusion, not with all answers or knowledge, that God not only of course loves (that’s always a given) but uses out LGBTQ members just as is…cherished members of his body gifted with the fruits of his Spirit. That is the true test…you know a tree by its fruit, and if the fruits of the Spirit flow, then God is obviously the source. I am a seminary graduate and bible major in College, and part of the anabaptist tradition
Amanda Arbour 3/10/15: This is a crucial and long overdue step to moving the Mennonite Church forward as a more truly just body of believers. Thank you!
Sherri Michalovic 3/9/15: I’ve been waiting for this since 1987.
Richard Worden Wilson 3/7/15: It seems there is a fairly obvious pattern of “proof texting” here, a tendentious attention to a smattering of what scripture says in general about love and acceptance of the marginalized and a remarkable unwillingness to directly address what scripture says about the specific sexual behaviors in question. Jesus came to forgive our sins as we repent of them, and to free us from our addictions and bondage to the sins defined by the Words of the Law of which he said not a jot or tittle would pass away. He didn’t redefine the limits of proscribed sexual behaviors, but somehow today people think they can do so by declaring that LGBTQ behaviors are are OK. So, who among us has the authority to override the teaching of the scriptural witness to the Word of God and declare new standards? Who exactly are these new prophets who claim to be speaking for God? Step up, tell us: I am/we are speaking for God, He has given me/us His Word for today. The presumptuousness, the hubris, the unmitigated gall of the authors of this Resolution is astonishing. May God have mercy on us and not let this spiritual travesty prevail.
(Note from Carol Rose: Yes, may God’s mercy prevail. We do not “speak for God.” But God has given all of us who have signed, and so many more, a Word for today and we are speaking it. This is not hubris, it is faithfulness. Both BMC and Inclusive Pastors web sites have excellent tools for looking anew at the scriptures that guide us. http://www.bmclgbt.org/ and https://inclusivepastors.wordpress.com/scriptures-project/)
Jerry Weaver 3/5/15: Praying that we can affirm our deep commitment to Christ and to our Anabaptist roots, and also be strongly committed to each other as sisters and brothers – all equally loved, equally worthy, and equally welcome at God’s table.
Diamante Maya 3/5/15: I am a queer Christian and very grateful my church has been accepting even though we still have to have conversations and there is no formal statement. However, there is a possibility I will have to move one day. It is very painful to try and find a church and experience rejection. It’s stressful to even think about. Not only that, it can be lonely being the only one in my church and knowing some people won’t join without a clear sfatement due to having been hurt before. It would be very liberating and encouraging to my faith, and many others, if Mennonite USA would heed to what is written in this document. I pray everyone carefully, prayerfully, and thoughtfully considers this. Thank you to those of you who have labored to create this. Shalom!
Jenna Boettger Boring 3/4/15: I value my Mennonite heritage and am excited for the possibility of it becoming more of a community I would also want to raise my own children in.
Jay and Ruth Martin 3/4/15: A huge “thank you” to those who created this resolution. Long over-due. May God open our eyes and hearts to appreciate all the wonders and variations of his creation.
jim parry hill 3/4/15: It sorrows me to see Christians “othering” one another to define how to be in Communion, and in Fellowship. If we are, in fact, Christians, in the Body of Christ, how can we do anything but be as welcoming and as inclusive as Christ?
Donald R. Steelberg, Elsie E. Steelberg 3/3/15: There needs to be a request for forgiveness by church bodies who have defrocked ministers, e.g. John lindscheid.
Phoenix Ryder 3/3/15: I’m queer and menno. I need this.
Kerry Bush 3/3/15: Thank you for doing this.
Cynthia R. Singer 3/3/15: Let it be so. Stop the suffering, and abuse and exclusion – it bears no good fruit. Let’s enjoy the gifts of all God’s children. Per Tony Campolo “Love the sinner, hate your own sin.”
Steven Johnson Email 3/3/15: This resolution is a breath of greatly needed fresh air! I applaud the authors for not watering down the truth: We must not shirk from confronting the LIFE-THREATENING VIOLENCE of current MCUSA policies and teaching, because that is indeed what the victims are experiencing. And it is high time that the well-being of the victims be given more weight than the comfort of those who would prefer to dialogue, on their own terms, without end.
Ideally this resolution should be accompanied by a thoroughgoing Sunday school curriculum that addresses the lack of GENUINE BIBLICAL LITERACY in many Mennonite churches that has contributed to the delay of justice for LGBTQ people. Many people who in their heart of hearts might wish to support this resolution will refrain from doing so because of erroneous understandings, not only of the handful of passages that refer to homosexuality, but also concerning the larger issues of what the Bible really is, how we should use it, and how God speaks to us through it. The needed curriculum must make a clear departure from past bad habits that have characterized much Christian education: dumbing down the content, avoiding inconvenient information and perspectives, and assuming that everyday believers are incapable of grasping things which have been basic to biblical scholarship for decades or centuries.