Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part IV: Full Inclusion

* this is part 4 of my series on same-sex marriage in the UMC. See parts I: The Issue at Hand, II: The Bible, and III: Inclusion. WHY WE SHOULD INCLUDE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN THE UMC: I don't find a compelling argument as to why the respective sexes/genders of a couple are consequential for marriage. … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part IV: Full Inclusion

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Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part III: Complementarity

* this is part 3 of my series on same-sex marriage in the UMC. See parts I: The Issue at Hand, II: The Bible, and IV: Inclusion. COMPLEMENTARITY (NATURAL PAIRING): Arguments for other-sex marriage on the basis of the natural pairing of men and women rest on an affirmation of their essential complementarity. The theological problem with … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part III: Complementarity

Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part I: The Issue at Hand

* this is the first part of a four part series about why I think the UMC should fully include same-sex marriages. See also parts II: The Bible, III: Complementarity, and IV:Full Inclusion. It has been rather disappointing to watch the United Methodist Church (the denomination to which I belong) struggle over the question of the inclusion … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part I: The Issue at Hand

What We Are (Might Be) Doing When We Denounce Riots

When I hear middle class people like me - especially white folks - condemn rioting in Baltimore I hear something in our voices, a plea no doubt. And it comes from an authentic place of fear. Such actions are threatening by design, and insofar as they threaten the existing structures and organization they potentially threaten … Continue reading What We Are (Might Be) Doing When We Denounce Riots