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Conversations between a local church pastor and denominational leaders about the challenges ahead as we live toward a United Methodist Church that is fully inclusive of our LGBTQ+ siblings.

Despite the anti-gay policies that remain in our UMC Discipline, more and more of us continue to move forward with the work of full inclusion. Still, institutional barriers to change and the formation of a splintering denomination provide real challenge. So, as people committed to our grace-filled way of living the gospel, where do we go from here?

Hosted by Rev. Molly Vetter - Sr. Pastor at Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA

www.WhereDoWeGoUMC.com

Where Do We Go From Here, UMC‪?‬ Rev. Molly Vetter

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Conversations between a local church pastor and denominational leaders about the challenges ahead as we live toward a United Methodist Church that is fully inclusive of our LGBTQ+ siblings.

Despite the anti-gay policies that remain in our UMC Discipline, more and more of us continue to move forward with the work of full inclusion. Still, institutional barriers to change and the formation of a splintering denomination provide real challenge. So, as people committed to our grace-filled way of living the gospel, where do we go from here?

Hosted by Rev. Molly Vetter - Sr. Pastor at Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA

www.WhereDoWeGoUMC.com

    Making a Way When There’s No Map - Derrick Luruth Scott III

    Making a Way When There’s No Map - Derrick Luruth Scott III

    Derrick Scott III is Co-Lay Leader of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. A Black, Gay man, and a Gen-X leader in the church, he has spent much of his career in campus ministry in Florida, helping prepare the church to be ready to receive the generations of leaders who come after him.
    Audio Podcast, Transcription, and Discussion Questions - http://www.WhereDoWeGoUMC.com

    • 37 min
    We Call Each Other Family - Rev. Tweedy Sombrero Navarrete

    We Call Each Other Family - Rev. Tweedy Sombrero Navarrete

    Rev. Tweedy Evelene Sombrero Navarrete is Executive Director of the Four Corners Native American Ministry. She is Diné (Navajo), and an ordained elder in Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously, she served as pastor at congregations in Arizona.
    Audio Podcast, Transcription, and Discussion Questions - http://www.WhereDoWeGoUMC.com

    • 38 min
    The Keyword Is Accountability - Rev. Gary Keene

    The Keyword Is Accountability - Rev. Gary Keene

    Rev. Gary Keene spent 23 years in ministry as a clergy person working alongside Bishops in the United Methodist Church; as a Council Director, Director of Connectional Ministries, and Assistant to the Bishop, he served in ministry alongside episcopal leaders in the church. From that unique, long perspective, he offers insight about the leadership we need most from our Bishops, and what difference it makes in our local congregations. Now retired, Gary also served as a pastor of local congregations, including, finally, Camarillo UMC.
    Audio Podcast, Transcription, and Discussion Questions - http://www.WhereDoWeGoUMC.com

    • 34 min
    Get Out of the Institutional Mindset and Into the World - Bishop Grant Hagiya

    Get Out of the Institutional Mindset and Into the World - Bishop Grant Hagiya

    Bishop Grant J. Hagiya is a graduate of Claremont School of Theology and Pepperdine University, as well as the author of the book, Leadership Kaizen, published by Abingdon Press in 2013. As a Bishop, he has served as the episcopal leader in the Greater Northwest area, and now in the Los Angeles area. Prior to his election to the episcopacy, he served as the Los Angeles District Superintendent, Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence, and as a faculty member at Claremont School of Theology.
    Audio Podcast, Transcription, and Discussion Questions - http://www.WhereDoWeGoUMC.com

    • 35 min
    We Queer Folks Are Here Because We Love Jesus - Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner

    We Queer Folks Are Here Because We Love Jesus - Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner

    Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner is the Director of Frontera Wesley, the Wesley Foundation of Tucson. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Campus Christian Center and the President of the University Religious Council at the University of Arizona. She received her MDiv at Duke Divinity School, and was ordained an Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference in 2012. A sought after speaker and writer, Hannah has been recognized as a “Faith Leader to Watch” by the Center for American Progress, received the Prathia Hall Social Justice Award from Women Preach, Inc., and had writings published by Abingdon. She is a proud to have been honored in being made an Honorary Member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in 2016. Known outside of Arizona as an activist of integrity, she is known locally in the desert simply as that pastor who bakes the good cookies.

    Transcript and discussion questions are available at http://www.WhereDoWeGoUMC.com.

    • 33 min
    We Must Do The Work of Decolonizing Our Denomination - Rev. Lloyd Nyarota

    We Must Do The Work of Decolonizing Our Denomination - Rev. Lloyd Nyarota

    Lloyd Nyarota is a United Methodist elder in the Zimbabwe East Conference, and a GBGM missionary spouse. Lloyd is on an ecumenical appointment in the United Church of Canada, where he serves a shared ministry at St John's United Anglican Church in the province of Alberta; his wife Tazvi is serving ethnic minority congregations in Canada. He has served as a consultant for the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. Nyarota is a founding member of the Central Conference Outreach team, who wrote and promote the Christmas Covenant legislation on regionalization that was submitted to General Conference.

    Transcript and discussion questions are available at http://www.WhereDoWeGoUMC.com.

    • 31 min

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