Sunday, August 14, 2011

Methodist Minister Under Fire by Denomination for Approving Same-Sex Unions

Edit: This man has plenty of allies in the local Catholic Church. It's surprising that no Catholic priests that are known took part in the planned media event.

Forces within the Methodist Church which are challenging this pastor's right to do this don't have much of a leg to stand on unfortunately since their church was founded on a radical departure from yet another radical departure from moral and hierarchical objectivity.

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, dissented from the Anglican Church and the Anglican Church was founded upon the adultery of Henry VIII. Life goes on, you can keep going and keep your Catholic faith whole, but leaving Her and remaining outside in the pursuit of a fleeting and material goal is a substantial part of the tragedy. Henry VIII did not successfully father a healthy male heir, and the Tudor dynasty did not survive his daughter, Elizabeth I.

United Methodist leaders have filed a complaint against a Minneapolis pastor, calling for an investigation into whether he conducted ceremonies to bless same-sex unions during Gay Pride Week last month.

On Monday, Bishop Sally Dyck announced the complaint against the Rev. Greg Renstrom, pastor of New Harmony United Methodist Church. The five-member cabinet of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church formally lodged the complaint June 29.

Renstrom said he "participated in services of blessings" on June 25, five in Minneapolis' Loring Park and one in Blaine. All the services were held in public parks, and none took place in Methodist churches or properties, he said

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