The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell likens the recent statement of the “ebony bishops” of The United Methodist Church declaring racism to be alive in the UMC to traditionalists’ prejudice against LGBTQ+ people.
The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell finds the current makeup of the multiracial international Judicial Council to be a sign of The United Methodist Church’s progress in dismantling its institutional racism and sexism.
The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell recalls that the arguments used to keep people oppressed seem to be those now being used against LGBTQ-plus people in the church.
Claiming to be “Bible based” doesn’t necessarily ensure competent, compassionate leadership for The United Methodist Church’s future, writes the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell.
One of those who demonstrated for racial justice at the 1968 General Conference that created The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell now hopes to live long enough to see LGBTQ discrimination removed from the church.
The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell’s life experience of 83 years prompts him to recognize that standards for “right belief and behavior” have changed and must change if The United Methodist Church is to survive and thrive.
Jazz has provided sacred expressions throughout the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell’s ministry, including new expressions of the resurrection he believes is needed for The United Methodist Church.
Two clergymen who were arrested demonstrating for LGBTQ inclusion at the 2000 General Conference say the “hateful music” of discrimination continues to taint The United Methodist Church.