See http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_umc3.htm for an excellent article examining different churches and groups in the United Methodist denomination, both positive and negative on the issue of homosexuality.
What if Rev. Juillart were a Methodist clergywoman? What should she have done when she met the woman and discovered that she had “feelings” for her?
What should she have done when the relationship developed into a lesbian relationship (whatever that means?)
If she lived with that woman in a loving, but nonsexual relationship, would that make a difference?
What effect did the much later lesbian relationship have upon Rev. Juillart’s teenage call to the ministry, if any?
What reaction do you have to “the Sacramento 95?”
What is the significance of acts of Civil Disobedience?
Why should the fact that there were so many ministers involved in the service of union performed by the Sacramento 95 make a difference in how the UMC applied its Discipline?
Why should the outcome of that union service be different from that of Rev. Jimmy Creech?
What significance do you see in the act of Rev. Jimmy Creech? In the UMC’s discipline of him?
What is your opinion of the Reconciling Congregations? Pros and cons?
What implications do expenditures for reconciliation have concerning the Discipline provision prohibiting expenditures for promotiing the acceptance of homosexuality?
What of the Transforming Congregations? Pros and cons?
Do you see the conflict over homosexuality in the UMC as different from “ordinary” bias against bi-sexuals or trans-sexuals?
Do you see any way to resolve the conflict other than splitting the church?