Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

Our post today comes from PFLAG National Board Member Rev. Gilbert Caldwell. Rev. Caldwell is a retired United Methodist Pastor, who also served on the staff of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race based in the Methodist Building on Capitol Hill.
"Journey Fellowship Baptist Church was kicked out of Daviess-McLean Baptist Association in August for allowing a chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays to meet monthly on church property. Association leaders said that by accommodating the group, the church plant formerly known as Seven Hills Baptist Church implied endorsement of views contrary to what Southern Baptists believe."  (The Christian Century, January 19 2012) The news item about this church in Owensboro, Kentucky, reminded me of my experiences with some Methodist Churches in North Carolina in the 1950's. I was one of the few African American college students involved in the North Carolina Methodist Student Movement, an organization of College and University students. I was a member of the Executive Committee for the group and there were some Methodist Churches that would not allow us to meet in their buildings because of their anti-racial integration practices. I also was denied access to the swimming facilities at the Methodist Camp Ground at Lake Junaluska, N.C. where NCMSM held its summer meetings because of policy of racial segregation. It is difficult for me to understand how some Christian churches in the south that once practiced racial segregation and in time reversed that practice, could be in the 21st century and be anti-LGBT. George Santayana wrote; "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." How true, how true!