Original Posting At https://beguineagain.com/tuesday-thoughts-press-release/
Hi all! I’m taking a point of personal privilege to release a press release. Thank you for allowing me this privilege!
Rev. Terri Jane Stewart.
Rev. Katie M Ladd.
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW GLOBAL ONLINE METHODIST WORSHIPPING COMMUNITY FOR AND BY LGBTQIA+ PEOPLE AND THEIR ALLIES
Online Worship For All Methodists
LGBTQIA+ clergy and laity are offering a new worshipping community that
launches its first worship service for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies
June 9, 1:00 PM PST – 2:00 PM PST
HOW: Information about the inaugural worship and
community can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MethodistManna/
TAGLINE: Manna from heaven for all of
The United Methodist Church was recently roiled by a special
General Conference in St. Louis and a series of decisions from its Judicial
Council, which tightened restrictions against LGBTQIA+ clergy and same-gender
weddings. While the denomination is the
nation’s largest Mainline denomination and the third largest denomination
overall, its 6.95 million US members make up roughly 55.9% of the worldwide
church, which numbers over 12.5 million members. This makes the United Methodist Church a
global church, something different from most US denominations. Recent developments have left many members
wondering if there would be a place for them – a safe place to worship and to
find nurturing community. For some, this
is a life and death question.
Worried about the harm the church is doing, the Rev. Terri Jane
Stewart and The Rev. Katie M Ladd reached out to others around the
denomination. They are organizing Manna
to offer LGBTQIA+ Methodists and their allies from around the world the
opportunity to worship together in real time and to form relationships through a
facilitated online community. Its
mission is to provide an online worship experience and community with Wesleyan
theology that affirms, welcomes, includes, and is led by the Queer/LGBTQIA+
In its inaugural worship on June 9, the sermon will be offered
by J.J. Warren and additional leadership will be offered in real time by people
in multiple locations around the globe.
Quotes: “I’m excited that Manna is coming into
existence at a critical time within the Methodist movement. I pray that my LGBTQAI
siblings are able to find a spiritual home with Manna,” Brian Lee, who
identifies as trans-nonbinary.
“It’s a sacred act to seek community over
isolation and to work for inclusion in our world which leans heavily toward
division. I am truly grateful to witness as Manna dreams new ways of doing
both. We are indeed the image of our creative and inclusive God,” Debra Lynn
Rodriguez, Artist & Worship Leader, Atlanta, GA
“Connecting to Manna means a lot to me. It gives
me hope that there are brothers and sisters out there who cares, who loves and
who desires to build up a community of love.
My conference is not supportive but am still praying for God to direct
me as to what I must do.” Name
withheld., nonbinary, elder, Central Conference.