United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy & Friends
Inclusiveness V Webinar, November 20, 2021
“Experiencing An Inclusive United Methodist Church:
Celebrating First Five Years of Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Episcopacy”
Hear Bishop Karen Oliveto’s “Vision for the Future of United Methodism” followed by
lay & clergy responses by Pat Luna, Jay Williams, and Kent Ingram.
Listen to Central Conference perspectives from Bishop Harald Rückert of Germany, Rev. Dr. Israel Alvaran of the Philippines, and Rev. Cimpaye Valentine of Burundi
Explore updated developments within United Methodism with Rev. Dr. Mark Holland.
Be inspired by the dynamic preaching of Bishop Cynthia Moore--Koikoi of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Examine three provocative books that break new barriers for inclusiveness in church & society with Rev. Dr. Kay Palmer Marsh, Keegan Osinski, and Rev. Dr. Harvey Martz.
Event moderator and MC is Rev. Dr. Donald E. Messer.
Rev. Dr. Israel Alvaran Rev. Cimpaye Valentine Rev. Dr. Mark Holland
Pat Luna Jay Williams Kent Ingram
Bishop Harald Rückert Germany
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi
Bishop Karen Oliveto Mountain Sky
Rev. Dr. Kay Palmer Marsh Rev. Dr. Don Messer Keegan Osinski Rev. Dr. Harvey Martz
In Case You Missed It!
Free Webinar: Baseball, Racism and Religion
UMARC and Park Hill UMC are committed to overcoming racism and promoting inclusiveness in church, culture, and society. This initiative has currently raised over $5, 000!
Recently, a free webinar provided a way to honor baseball great Byron Johnson while addressing the past and present issue of racism in sports. Only this year has Major League Baseball begun to incorporate the incredible records of the outstanding players of the Negro Baseball Leagues. The career of the late Byron Johnson, former Kansas City Monarch shortstop, and member of Satchel Paige’s All-Stars gives us a glimpse into the reality of racism in baseball.
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May 20th Webinar on "Clobber" Passages in the Bible
Six Bible verses (kind of) talk about homosexuality, but are often misinterpreted. Rev. Dr. Harvey Martz and Rev. Joe Miller, Jr., led a Zoom Webinar on “Examining the ‘Clobber’ Passages: A Scriptural Way Forward for United Methodism” Thursday, May 20, 2021. Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson served as moderator.
UMARC Celebrated Five years of Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Episcopacy
At a recent COVID post-vaccination picnic, members of the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy and Friends celebrated five years of dynamic spiritual leadership by Bishop Karen Oliveto. Tributes from retirees saluted her and her wife Robin Ridenour for their courage, compassion, care, leadership, vision, and living out a theology of love. UMARC Chair, Rev. Dr. Donald E. Messer, thanked “the Holy Spirit for her unanimous election and the impact she has made for inclusion in both the church and world.”
Rev. Dr. Harvey Martz, Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson, Rev. Joe Miller Jr.
This Three-Part Webinar Series is Available to View
in Part Below. What an amazing time of education and connection.
A special thanks to our speakers, sponsors and participants!
Retired Clergy Urged to Perform Same - Sex Weddings
"Let's Talk: LGBTQ+ Weddings" webinar from July 15th, 2020
Laity and clergy participated in an online forum to explore how pastors and local church members might prepare for same-gender weddings in their sanctuary. Questions of liturgy, pre-marital counseling, use of language, communication, etc., were discussed. This webinar was sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy & Friends and the Mountain Sky Queer Clergy Caucus.
Speakers for this Webinar included two leading Mountain Sky Area United Methodist clergy, Rev. Sharon Langfeldt and Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer. Our speakers were also joined by Rev. Dr. Donald E Messer, Moderator, and a panel of key leaders.
UMARC members are joining retired clergy across the denomination in offering their services to perform same-sex weddings. Click HERE to add your name to the growing movement to reduce harm and move the church to inclusiveness.
UMARC Chair, Dr. Donald E. Messer, is a member of the national Resist Harm committee encouraging prophetic witness and pastoral service, in contrast to the traditionalist polity. Retired pastors risk complaints and trials, but severe penalties can be administered to active faithful pastors living in areas where bishops are intent on enforcing the Discipline no matter how punitive and exclusive.
2021 Revised Social Principles Postponed
UMARC Partners with Resist Harm
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"With General Conference postponed until August 2022, we will have to wait another year until the top law-making body of the church meets to make changes to the Book of Discipline. But what does that mean for the revised Social Principles?"
Read more, published in Church & Society HERE
Comprehensive Listing of Key UM News Articles
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Until legislation is passed removing the harmful restrictions currently embodied in the UM Discipline, active efforts must continue to resist, reduce, and mitigate the harm imposed by the Traditionalist agenda.
Steering Committee Members (Photos Left to Right):
Don Messer - Chair, Harvey Martz - Vice Chair, John Blinn - Treasurer,
Dave Ferguson, Chris Ferguson,
Marla Kauerz, Kay Palmer-Marsh, Liwliwa Robledo, Ben Roe,
Julian Rush, Annie Arnoldy - Advisor