Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Have you heard this joke?

     “I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump. I ran over and said: "Stop. Don't do it. "Why shouldn't I?" he asked. "Well, there's so much to live for!" "Like what?" "Are you religious?" He said: "Yes." I said: "Me too. Are you Chris-tian or Buddhist?" "Christian." "Me too. Are you Catholic or Protestant?" "Protestant." "Me too. Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?" "Baptist." "Wow. Me too. Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?" "Baptist Church of God." "Me too. Are you original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?" "Reformed Baptist Church of God." "Me too. Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?" He said: "Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915." I said: "Die, heretic scum," and pushed him off.”

We could have a serious conversation about if this joke is actually funny, or just offensive. I am using it here to illustrate the fact that through the ages, Christians have tended to have strong opinions about their religious beliefs, and that certainty has resulted not only in the creation of many different religious denominations and traditions, but sometimes of a dehumanizing apathy, distrust, or even hatred for the other side of the disagreement. In fact, those disagreements in history have resulted in violence and death. It’s important to learn from this history so we can choose a better path of our own. Is it possible that at last the church of Jesus Christ could learn to work together not because we believe everything exactly the same down a long list of theological principles, but because we are on the mission of our God who asks us to grow in love and neighbor and reach new people with Christ’s love for the healing of the world? I pray so.
This past month, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the global decision making body of our denomination, made the decision to keep the discriminatory language regarding homosexuality, deeming it incompatible with Christian teaching, in our Book of Discipline and to stiffen punishments for churches, pastors, or conferences that conscientiously object to what they perceive as outright, unholy discrimination.
At DLUMC, and across the country, people are wondering what to do with this recent decision. For some, this seems like the right decision based on their understanding of the Bible. For many others, this decision seems like a deep betrayal of all that the Bible teaches and what Jesus stood for. We may be on the precipice of a new denomination in the United Methodist tradition to form over the issue of homosexuality or change from within.
Here in our congregation, our Church Council has affirmed the long-time practice of this congregation. We welcome and accept all persons. In the months ahead there will be opportunities for education and sharing; look for more information coming soon. In the meantime, no matter what you think or feel on this or any other topic, know there is a space for you here, you are welcomed, accepted and loved.
~~Pastor Brenda

Joining Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church

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Periodically a series of new member orientation sessions are held on Sunday mornings. Discussions center around the structure and work of the church and how you may participate in the life of the church family. Food is often involved as well!!  New member candidates are paired with sponsors from the congregation who attend the session with them and serve to help them get ever more acquainted with the people and opportunities at DLUMC.

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