The Rev. Kathryn Johnson’s pointed memo, below, to the United Methodist Church is in response to charges being brought against the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree. He is facing charges in a possible United Methodist Church trial because he performed a same-sex wedding in New York City, where such marriages are fully legal. The wedding was his son’s.
Since her ordination in 1985, Kathryn has served as a United Methodist missionary in the Philippines, the pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church in Roslindale, MA and the West Roxbury United Methodist Church in West Roxbury, MA, Executive Director of the Church Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, Executive Director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and Interim Executive Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
TO: The United Methodist Church
FROM: The Rev. Kathryn Johnson
DATE: May 9, 2013
RE: What If the Church Gave a Trial and Nobody Came
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree. Seriously? This is just becoming silly.
In the event that this is for real, I just want you to know that I’m done. I am so far over this whole “charges and investigations and trials thing” that it isn’t even funny.
I’m not done following Jesus. In fact it’s because I intend to keep following Jesus and his word and example of loving God and one another that I’m done with spending any more time even thinking about church trials, something so contrary to the Gospel and so utterly devoid of love and grace. Let this serve as my notice that I intend to totally ignore the unjust laws of the church related to sexual orientation and same-gender weddings from here on out. (more…)