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Volume VIII Issue 11                          

7 June 2013




It's Annual Conference season. Worship, bible study, legislation, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones - this is what we call Holy Conferencing. But sometimes there are some unholy things that happen at Annual Conference. I recently blogged about the financial drain incurred in order to be a Lay Member of Annual Conference. To put it simply, this is economic sin.

When Annual Conferences don't allow for ample time to Holy Conference about social holiness legislation, there is sin. When clergy sessions don't follow procedure and vote to remove a person from the ordination process without due process, there is sin. When harmful words are spoken in worship, preaching, and from the floor of Annual Conference, there is sin.

Sin is anything that keeps us from a deeper relationship with God and God's people. Sin separates us from the communities which have called and nurtured us. Sin happens - even in The United Methodist Church.

During this Annual Conference season, MFSA staff will be present at 10 Annual Conferences across the United States. Many other Chapters will be present at their Annual Conference to witness to God's justice. Together we can witness to the Church and to the world that God's love is great.

Grace and peace,

Chett Pritchett
Interim Executive Director 

Mary Ann Kaiser was a certified candidate for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Her home district committee voted to certify her earlier this year. Her ordination journey was halted abruptly yesterday when The Southwest Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry recommended to the clergy of the conference to revoke her certification because Mary Ann identifies as a lesbian.


The vote narrowly passed, temporarily pausing Mary Ann's process. Proper procedures in the UMC's own rule book, The Book of Discipline, were ignored by the conference. Mary Ann was treated inhumanely in the voting process. Furthermore, simply identifying as a lesbian is not grounds to remove someone from the ordination process. Rules were broken. Harm was done. Worst of all, the Board of Ordained Ministry never even met Mary Ann.


Now it is up to you.


Starting at 2:00CST (NoonPST, 1:00MST, 3:00 EST) the network is calling for a Twitter Blast. Tweet one of the following tweets at 2:00CST and help the voice of the entire movement be heard.


Please pass this email along so as many can participate as possible. Only pass word along via email or direct message so the full impact can be felt.


Be sure to use hashtag #SWTXAC and one of the following #StandWithMaryAnn #OutOfOrderSWTX #UMC



Example tweets:

#SWTXAC clergy voted to remove @ladygadfly from the ordination process because of her sexual orientation.


#OutOfOrderSWTX #UMC Stand with @ladygadfly. Her #UMC conference did harm by removing her from ordination track bc of her orientation. #StandWithMaryAnn



This type of raising awareness works better on Twitter, but if you are only on Facebook, please post there as well starting TODAY - FRIDAY - at 2:00pm CST.

Ben & Jerry's produces delicious ice cream and champions "Peace" and "Love." But it also makes ice cream in Israel and sells it in illegal, Israeli-only settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Its franchise's party carts even cater privately to Israeli settlers. The company's respected Social Mission commits it to: human needs and eliminate injustices in our local, national and international communities by integrating these concerns into our day-to-day business activities. and support nonviolent ways to achieve peace and justice. a deep respect for human beings inside and outside our company and for the communities in which they live.  

The Methodist Federation for Social Action has signed on to a letter encouraging Ben & Jerry's to stop their marketing, sales, and production  in Israeli settlements in Palestine. Now we're asking you to sign on, too. Help Ben & Jerry's remain accountable to their own Social Mission - and let them know that justice is for all, not just for some!
Farewell to the United Methodist Reporter, Hello Circuit Writer

For over 150 years, the United Methodist Reporter has served as an independent news source for all things Methodist. The print and online service will end circulation later this year. A new resource will be available: CircuitWriter.

Jeremy Smith at HackingChristianity shares his enthusiasm about this new resource and information about this new website to help share a variety of topics within the United Methodist world.

Welcome to the interwebs, CircuitWriter!
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Does Your Annual Conference Have A Hashtag?

If you're a tweeter, make sure you get your conference's hashtag correct. Usually it's on the conference website - or in the conference registration packet. If you don't have one, find the other tweeters at Annual Conference and agree upon one. Then you can track the conversation at Annual Conference, and your Methodist nerds who can't be there can follow from home!

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