Bishop Scott Jones warned agency executives about "the cost of the sexuality debate" during an August meeting. Two items in particular trouble me about these events. In response to our disagreements in the UMC about "the practice of homosexuality," Bishop Scott Jones at the meeting of agency executives is quoted: "The question is, is there a middle ground that will allow most of the traditionalists to stay and yet satisfy most of the progressives? I was born into legal and church-sanctioned Southern racial discrimination in North Carolina, and grew up with the same atmosphere in Texas. My preacher-father and I were named for Bishop Gilbert Haven , a white Methodist preacher who was described by his biographer as being " a white Martin Luther King.
A reflection on the Just Resolution of the complaint against Bishop Melvin Talbert
God once opposed interracial marriage, too | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
I am married to a Caucasian French and Swedish husband and have 2 children. Both of my children look completely Caucasian having no African American features. We live in a predominately white upper middle class neighborhood and attend a church which is ultra rich and conservative. The pastor preaches weekly about loving each other and the church even has a black sister church. However, my children are excluded by others once they realize that I am their mother. This also happens in the community at large.
When Culture Becomes Theology: Interracial Marriage in the American Church
The increasing number of Catholic-Protestant marriages in the United States, marriages contracted in the face of ecclesiastical disapproval, stands in sharp contrast to the small number of interracial marriages—marriages against which there are no religious bars. Yet public interest centers less intently on the interfaith than on the interracial marriage, particularly the interracial marriage that unites members of the white and black races. The desegregation movement has brought the once-taboo subject of interracial marriage to the fore. A root cause of opposition by white southerners to integration in the schools and elsewhere is their fear that it will promote such marriages.
The body of Christ has played an unfortunate role in stigmatizing interracial marriage in the United States. Interracial unions were common in the early days of American settlement when European men intermarried with Native American women and with freed people of African descent. But as America developed a slavery-based economy, many pastors began to preach that slavery was ordained and blessed by God. Interracial marriages between whites and Native Americans or blacks were eventually banned, slave marriages were not recognized, and Native American marriages were typically viewed as barbaric rituals. Many Christian slave owners justified adultery and exploitation of black and multiracial women by referencing Abraham and Hagar.