As we prepare for Thanksgiving, members of the Mainstream UMC Board invite you to give a gift of Gratitude for our work on behalf of our United Methodist Church. Today’s message is from Rev. David Livingston.
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The United States is currently divided into red and blue parties, red and blue states, and red and blue media. Gerrymandering has reduced the number of competitive elections in our country to a handful. We no longer need to talk with one another to win a primary, we simply need to run to the ideological margins. The political center of our country—political purple—seems to be slipping away.
It feels like the same thing has happened in our denomination. Instead of modeling unity for our country we have followed along with the division. Rather than confronting the culture wars, our church has joined in the cacophony. Nearly 25% of our churches have now chosen to disaffiliate instead of choosing to work together for the Kingdom of God.
Mainstream UMC is committed to a purple church. We welcome those who are left of center and right of center. We believe we can live together in a dynamic unity that is a witness to our broken world. We believe advancing the Kingdom together instead of running to our like-minded corners is a countercultural message that our denomination and, indeed, the whole world needs to hear.
After Thanksgiving, we will enter as a church into the season of Advent. A time of waiting, hoping, loving, rejoicing, and experiencing the peace of Christ. Purple is the liturgical color of the season that prepares our hearts for the coming of the Christ child.
Please join me in celebrating unity, celebrating purple, celebrating the United Methodist Church, by making a Thanksgiving donation to Mainstream UMC.
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Rev. David Livingston
Clergy Delegate, Great Plains Conference
Board Vice President, Mainstream UMC
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