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Glenwood United Methodist urges shunning of LGBT day at Magic Springs UPDATE

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 10:29 AM

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From the annals of brotherly love: A story from Mitch McCoy at KARK/ Fox 16 about the Glenwood United Methodist Church urging on its Facebook page that people not attend LGBT Pride Day June 30 at Magic Springs, the Hot Springs amusement park.

Said the church Facebook page:

"Please avoid taking your children to Magic Springs on June 30th. It is LGBT Pride Day."

Said another post:
"I encouraged our members (especially those bringing children) to avoid attending on that day (for obvious reasons). While homosexuals are free to use the park any day they choose, "Gay Pride" events are typically "in your face" promotions of homosexuality and transgenderism."
McCoy said the church pastor declined to discuss the issue and he said the Facebook page has now been deleted or is no longer open to public view.

McCoy found a split of community opinion on the issue, which is reflective of the United Methodist church itself.

As a matter of governing discipline,  the church does not condone homosexuality or same-sex marriage. But in a statement of social principles, it stops short of condemnation.

We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all. We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving, and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us. We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.

Glenwood is not one of the "reconciling congregations" of the Methodist Church,. They have declared their dedication to serving all sexual orientations and gender identities. Earlier this year, Methodist bishops backed a plan for consideration at next year's general church conference that would allow choice by pastors and regional church bodies on ordaining LGBT pastors and performing same-sex marriages. Some resist the idea.  Said a post on the Glenwood church page:

While we welcome everyone to view our page, this is where we as a congregation stand on marriage and human sexuality. We DO NOT support the current attempt by so-called "progressives" and "centrists" in our denomination to redefine marriage or remove what the Bible says about homosexual behavior from our Discipline.
Others views of the page are no longer welcome. I do wonder how you minister to all when you actively discourage contact with some. A conflicted gay teen perhaps should think twice before seeking counseling from the Glenwood pastor. Maybe find another church home.


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