Same-sex blessings draw ire

  • Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 2, 2011 - 12:17 PM

United Methodist leaders call for investigation into whether the Rev. Greg Renstrom of New Harmony United Methodist Church conducted blessing ceremonies for same-sex unions.

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HoekAug. 1, 11 8:35 PM

Jesus said: If you love me, you will keep my commands. Gay blessings, marriages, sexual activity are contrary to Christ's will. Therefore, this Pastor misrepresents Jesus when the Pastor claims to lovingly perform gay blessings. In fact, that pastor is like a doctor who lies about a patient having cancer. That is not loving.

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ebfauvelAug. 1, 11 8:38 PM

As a gay man, articles like this one make me glad I'm an atheist!

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lmjz69Aug. 1, 11 8:40 PM

Stop making this news, nobody cares.

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kd5757Aug. 1, 11 8:56 PM

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anne Lamott

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mamazogAug. 1, 11 8:56 PM

This whole article makes me sad, and reminds me why (in part) I am no longer a Methodist but rather consider myself agnostic. When I was involved in the church, I realized that while most UMC congregations in Minnesota are relatively liberal (my congregation called its mission to be "radically inclusive"), but the money and power of the UMC lie in the deep South where attitudes on social issues are very different. To see this happening in my backyard strengthens my conviction that organized religion is at best misguided and at worst cruel and hypocritical.

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adammynafzigAug. 1, 11 9:01 PM

Greg is wonderful man, a caring pastor and a committed Christian. I wholeheartedly support him in his efforts to share that God's love is big enough to embrace all people. And his work at moving his denomination (and others) toward being inclusive of LGBTQ people is very important. Keep the faith, Greg!

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thehoffersAug. 1, 11 9:04 PM

...and the homosexuals will rewright the bible to read that Jesus told them to go and sin some more.

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davesthe1Aug. 1, 11 9:19 PM

jesus also said very clearly that divorce is not allowed. 7-8 times he give the no-go on divorce. yet all these people who talk about what the bible commands look the other way at their own sins or the sins of the people down the pew a few feet. when the bible bangers start to enforce all the "laws" and not just the ones other people violate i may gain back some respect for christians. until then i'll call myself a follower of christ and try to make sure my life is all it could be.

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mamazogAug. 1, 11 9:22 PM

Pretty sure that the people who comment on this article (indicating they've chosen to read it) are the ones who "make it news." If you're sure you're right, then be right and don't concern yourself with what others do. That should be the platinum rule.

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numbernineAug. 1, 11 9:24 PM

Good for Renstrom!

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