God Makes No Mistakes. We Do.

Been texting with my friend, Rev. Sid Hall tonight, and I really can’t express it any better than he has done, regarding the news out of the SW Texas Conference today: 

“The church not only does harm to loving and qualified people for ministry in taking such action, but makes a profound theological statement by essentially claiming that God is mistaken for calling someone into ordained ministry who is in every way qualified for ordained ministry as a heterosexual would be but must be disqualified because she is attracted to the “wrong” gender. I’m very embarrassed that this happened in my own conference of the United Methodist Church but it is certainly nothing new and not a surprise.

God bless you, Mary Ann. God didn’t make a mistake in calling you to ordained ministry; the Southwest Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the voting clergy of the conference did moral harm to you and us all by reducing your call, my call, and each of our calls to ordained ministry to the one thing that seems to matter most about the practice of ministry–the gender to whom we’re attracted. Shame on us for not practicing the core ethic of our faith: the Golden Rule.”

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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