My Thoughts on “Faithful America”

A brief word about “Faithful America.”

They have continued their petition drive, concerning the same sex wedding conducted by Bill McElvaney. (For those reading about this for the first time, the emeritus pastor of the church I serve has performed a same sex wedding here in Dallas. You can catch up on the story here).

“Faithful America” has done this, despite the fact, that Bill specifically asked for people to take no action on his behalf. You can read his statement, requesting prayers and no further action here. (Note: Contrary to this statement, it has been clarified that Bill is not currently “suspended” for 90 days from ministerial duties…)

Given all of this, the only assumption I can draw is that “Faithful America” either never bothers to ask, or really doesn’t care, about the actual people involved in their stunt-like escapades. To my knowledge, they have not contacted anyone directly involved with this “action.”

Anyone can create a scene with an online petition. But real social change involves relationships…something they have clearly not built, or even attempted to build. I have tried to contact them several times myself, but they have not returned my calls.

So, while they engage in their stunt today, I will be visiting a member in the hospital.

Just thought you’d want to know.

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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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