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Letters from 12 February to 18 February 2007

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Safe again for all of us?

I have been following the controversy your organization has been experiencing the past couple of years. I know that you are facing huge challenges in your church between the moderate and conservative branches over issues of women's equality and gay bishops. I know how tough a time this has been for all members who feel so passionately on one side or the other. It is so difficult to find solutions in such complicated and heartfelt areas. I am a gay man living in a conservative state in a sometimes incredibly conservative city, so I know the challenges you face from my small local viewpoint. I am living in a city, a country, and a world divided by these differences. I see it in friends, acquaintances and strangers I talk to everyday. I see the pain the confusion of being what you believe to be Christian and what churches tell you it is to be Christian. What to hold on to, and what to discard in a belief system that is based on Holy traditions and certain perceived concrete moral laws. I admire your organization for tackling this debate, because it is necessary and relevant in today's world. We as a world have to decide what is truly important now. What really matters the most to us all, as a people, as a civilization. We have to move to some point of true reality where we realize that our words and actions are connected. We have to prioritize what is the most important thing to concentrate on in this exact moment in time, what can save us or what can destroy us.

We have to choose putting power behind a few words in the beloved Bible, or empowering ourselves to do the right thing and cherishing the true face of God that is embodied in each soul that exists on this world as it has been created. We have to love all of ourselves for who we actually are and not for what some people among us say we should be. I think we should stop letting cruelty and hatred and judgement lead our world and instead let God's love lead us all.

I thank all of you who have stood so tall in defending all the creatures of this world, not just the ones who fit an ideal that is created not by God, but by small minded people who are in fear of the real face of God. The real face of God is all of us: man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, rich or poor. This simple truth saves us all.

So please keep up the debate and I hope it proceeds with great kindness and love, not hatred and fear. I hope you can restore the organized Church back to something that can be trusted and safe again for all of us.

Roy Calhoun
Raised Methodist
Dallas, Texas, USA
16 February 2007

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