• Laura Alyssa Platé

The UMC

Updated: Jul 16, 2019

Feb. 26, 2019


Tonight, I am grieving for the church body that raised me. I am grieving for the place I was Confirmed. I am grieving for the tradition that shaped my faith for 10 years of my life. Tonight, I am in prayer for all those who have been put on the outside of a denomination that proclaims to have open hearts, open minds, and open doors. I am in prayer for those who will have to address their congregations and make decisions regarding the future of their churches in the coming months. I am in prayer for those who cannot see farther than someone's identity and extend them the love of Christ.

Tonight, I am angry that I have friends who did not gain the right to marry the one they love in the church, but instead were called out for being sinners. I ask myself why, if we are truly trying to bring people into the church we continue to cast out those who are not like us-- almost as if we have forgotten that they who is without sin should cast the first stone.

Tonight, many people find themselves suddenly without a place to be affirmed in their faith. Tonight, many people find themselves without a place to voice their calling. I believe Allyson Shanahan put it best when she addressed the delegates, "This body does not get to chose who God affirms. This body does not get to decide who God calls into ministry."

God's work didn't end with the last period in Revelation, and God's work has not been finished yet. We as Christians cannot vote on who God will extend his grace too. That question has been asked and answered.

To those who have found themselves searching for a place in this new reality, my thoughts and prayers are with you and my arms are open to you. God is still speaking and He is not finished with you yet.


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