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Greater NW Pride: Building a Better World, for God's Sake

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/14/2019

Building a Better World, for God’s Sake   I write this blog post in the middle of the third day of the Annual Conference of the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Church Conference (OR-ID UMC AC) in Eugene, Oregon.  It has been exciting to listen and watch to the changes afoot in this Conference as more out-LGBTQ+ people and people of color and allies are voicing their concerns while celebrating life. People are wearing their self-identity with rainbow buttons and t-shirts, “He/Him/His,” “...


Greater NW Pride: Happy Pride and Happy Pentecost!

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/4/2019

Happy Pride and Happy Pentecost!   This coming Sunday is Pentecost, the day the Church celebrates the descending of the Spirit upon the earth. This was no ordinary event, by any stretch of the imagination! With Jesus having ascended into the heavens, there came not a quiet breeze, but the sound like the “rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where (the disciples_ were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them ...


Greater NW Pride: Preferred Gender Pronouns and LGBTQ+ People in the Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/30/2019

Preferred Gender Pronouns and LGBTQ+ People in the Church   When growing up in modern American society, I remember as a young adult—who was identifying as white, cisgender, straight, male at the time—I would get letters addressed and sent to me as “Mr. Brett Mitchell.” The young woman I was engaged to at the time would get letters addressed to her with “Miss.” When we got married in 1978, soon letters were sent and addressed to us as “Mr. and Mrs. Brett Mitchell.” As she pointed out to me that...


Greater NW Pride: Pride Parades and Your Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/22/2019

Pride Parades and Your Church   This last weekend I was blessed and happy to be working with the great folks at First United Methodist Church, Ashland. On Sunday morning, as I was entering the church to preach, I spied a beautiful, big rainbow flag fluttering in the breeze attached to their front sign! The flag reminded me that the time is coming up for LGBTQ+ Pride Parades, often held in June, which is LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the USA.  And if you and your individual United Methodist Church want...


Children’s Literature, LGBTQ+, and Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/14/2019

Children’s Literature, LGBTQ+, and Church               I am preparing for a trip to visit my granddaughter on the east coast in the coming weeks and started to shop around and see what I might bring with me in my new role as the grandfather who spoils his grandchildren. On one of the websites I scan daily, mombian.com, there was a new book that made me smile: A Plan for Pops! by Heather Smith and Brooke Kerrigan. It is one of the first gay grandparent books that I’ve seen publicized, and also...


Greater NW Pride: Schism

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/9/2019

Schism   The word, “schism,” means “division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties” (dictionary.com). Schism is a theological or “church” term, used to describe those groups that break away with a church and establish a rival church. According to Britannica.com, the term originally referred to those divisions that were caused by disagreement over something other than basic doctrine. “thus, the schismatic group was not necessarily heretical. Eventually, however, the distinctions...


Greater NW Pride: From Toxicity to Grace

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/3/2019

From Toxicity to Grace               The contrast couldn’t be greater when looking and reading the two groups of stories on Facebook this morning. The first set of stories reflected the current toxicity within The United Methodist Church, in which many out-LGBTQ+ and allied clergy are facing charges for simply being out and LGBTQ+ or supporting LGBTQ+ members of their respective churches. The first story in the Tampa Bay Timescovered the Rev. Andy Oliver of Allendale United Methodist Church, ...


What I heard at Table Talks 2.0

Jan Nelson

4/25/2019

Helping lead Table Talks helped Jan Nelson learn how church members are viewing the UMC's challenges.


Greater NW Pride: Coming Out Pilgrimage

Brett Webb-Mitchell

4/24/2019

Coming Out Pilgrimage "Seventeen years ago I awoke early one morning and began my coming out pilgrimage. Though I had long imagined what it would be like coming out, the very act of coming out of my closet brought both unbridled joy and literally scared me to death. It was these polar opposite feelings that effectively stopped me from leaving the closet’s narrow, loathsome confines. I was paralyzed emotionally, wanting to embrace the emotional, relational, intellectual, spiritual, and physical...


Greater NW Pride From Closet to Resurrection

Brett Webb-Mitchell

4/17/2019

From Closet to Resurrection     In a recent Facebook posting (April 16, 2019), from “Friend of Dorothy Book,” there was an entry called “Reasons not to stay in The Closet: 1. It’s dark; 2. It smells; 3. It’s lonely; 4. It’s only big enough for one person; 5. It’s exhausting to lie all the time; 6. You might end up in Narnia." https://www.facebook.com/FriendofDorothyBook/photos/a.343204645768504/2110528405702777/?type=3&theater   On “The Rachel Maddow Show” on April 15, 2019, in Rachel’s ...


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