Responses to Bishop Ken Carder’s recent post on changing his mind about accepting LGBTQ people show that United Methodists are more accepting than expected, and that legislation won’t solve the church’s dispute.
Retired Bishop Ken Carder’s wife Linda, suffering from dementia, was given a prognosis of six months to a year when she entered hospice care – 30 months ago.
Retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder now believes that The United Methodist Church needs to do away with all its restrictive language regarding homosexuality.
Even more than its institutional threat, splitting The United Methodist Church would bring personal grief for the community that has nurtured his faith journey, writes retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder.
The “festering heresy” confronting The United Methodist Church isn’t whether homosexual practice is sinful, but the threat to sever the essentials of the gospels – truth and love, writes retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder.
The best path to United Methodist unity, writes retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, is to spend two weeks “living where Jesus lives” among the homeless, the addicted, the elderly, the infirm, the poor, and the undocumented.
“However we may rationalize schism as faithfulness to truth and orthodoxy, or as the cost of bold prophetic witness, the world correctly sees it as the failure to love,” asserts retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder.
Confronted by a caller over his opposition to the death penalty, Bishop Ken Carder discovers that their argument fades when his caller’s story uncovers a mother grieving for her murdered daughter.
We need to see one another not as a collection of “symptoms” or labels, but as life stories within the broader story of God, writes retired Bishop Ken Carder, whose wife Linda has dementia.