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  1. Denise Anderberg
    February 27, 2019 @ 12:46 pm

    Some good comments on a sensitive subject for many.
    I agree that a Culture of Renewal is a “safe place”. I want to believe that if we truly desire to dream like Jesus, we will acknowledge that Jesus would say that our Father loves all His creation.
    I am saddened that many were hurt/disappointed about the conference, I think we knew that would happen which ever way the vote went. I continue to pray for the body of Christ, as a whole, and they continue to love not just according to the Golden Rule, but in the spirit of the Platinum Rule as well.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      February 27, 2019 @ 1:36 pm

      Thanks for highlighting the Platinum Rule, Denise. In this case, when it comes to the Platinum Rule (treat others the way they want to be treated or perhaps understand where other people are coming from), it may not be about DiSC styles, but biblical hermeneutics and cultural contexts. Equally important.

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  2. Lynn Reece (Indio)
    February 27, 2019 @ 7:51 pm

    Thanks Rebbeca.
    I’m trying to figure out where my response falls. I’m disappointed for many reasons. And yet, fully at peace and hopeful because I am confident that God is at work in this. I learned a long time ago that I don’t need to know all the details of what lies ahead … I just have to trust that God won’t lead me astray. So now I’m trying to pay attention to God’s guidance for my (and my church’s) way forward.
    It is great planning (on God’s part) that our church has already planned a 21- day of prayer and discernment in March.
    At the moment my heart is burdened with how we can admit to, and ask for forgiveness for, the harm we have done through our arrogance and legislative posturing.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      March 1, 2019 @ 8:33 am

      I hear you Lynn. There is much to discern as we go along.

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  3. Ms. M
    February 27, 2019 @ 8:37 pm

    I came right to your email, when I heard to see what wisdom you had for us. Thank you Rebekah.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      March 1, 2019 @ 8:33 am

      You’re welcome.

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  4. Kathryn Johnson
    February 28, 2019 @ 6:17 pm

    I am concerned that the possible options you list in response to GC do not mention the possibility that choosing to leave the UMC may be a life-giving, loving, healthy choice. You make no claim that your list is exhaustive, but I believe it is important to include this option in any list, short or long.
    Some find the abuse they receive from the UMC intolerable. Choosing to leave the denomination for another setting can certainly be a liberating, healthy choice. The parent who does not wish to raise their trans child in a church that declares his personhood “less than” may be making a life-affirming choice where family members will feel safe. No one in the family need feel victimized as you suggest. The gay clergyperson who leaves to affiliate with a denomination that affirms her gifts for ordained service without reservation (or threat of punishment) is certainly not playing the victim.
    Finally, saying that you welcome all the participate in Creating A Culture of Renewal does not necessarily make it a safe space. With the new definitions and punishments that were adopted at GC 2019 (should they stand) an LGBTQIA person is not safe in a setting which does not guard against including those who have the power to inflict harm and punishment.
    Thanks for listening. Kathryn

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      March 1, 2019 @ 8:32 am

      Hi Kathryn, I agree that leaving the denomination is a life-giving option. That will be the right choice for many. In my article I am trying to address the “how” a person chooses to respond, not the “what” of their response. I am concerned that people make choices from an empowered stance, not a disempowered one. Whatever the choice may be. Coming from an empowered place gives one the freedom to freely choose in the future. Coming from a disempowered place will hamper that ability. Thanks for the opportunity to clarify.

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