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Message from Dominic J.S. Mejia
Dear Beloved in Christ,
Anyone who writes “United Methodist Church” with any kind of regularity will certainly write “Untied Methodist Church” at least 25% of the time. For me, this rate is much higher. I never really considered these flubs, one finger becoming too anxious to do its job at the proper moment and launching into action before his partner, to have any kind of significance. Recently, I have come to consider more deeply what it means to be untied.
Friends, these past few weeks I have felt untied. I have begun to trace threads of the untangled knots of my own still stuttering heart to discern where we go from here. As a church, how do we move forward in relationship to a denomination that we believe denies the holiness of all people? Of course, it does not do any good to continue to speak in euphemisms that muffle the reality of those who are picked for erasure. As a congregation, how do we continue to follow the way of Jesus, as we understand it, in relationship to a broader church that denies the flesh taken on by God in the person of Christ includes the flesh of our LGBTQ+ family? That believes that somehow LGBTQ+ folks have not been made as holy as those who love in similar fashions as me? What do we do as the United Methodist Church seems to unravel?
I know enough about being untied that I can hope that our untangled edges can create space for connections with other people in our community. I know enough about being untied that I can hope that our own untied-ness can become a source of connection between us and those who find their way into the ever-forming gentle net of this body, forging a source of healing, wholeness, connection, and dare I say, interwovenness. I hope enough to know we as a church are blessed to nestle the Gospel within the translucent cords of our own lives in a way the bears witness to the in-breaking of the reign of God in a world that is constantly unraveling and raveling.
Psalm 139 offers a poetic image of the God who knits together our person in an intimate act of creation. It is in hope and love, and no small amount of fear, I prayerfully look towards the ways in which this same God will take us untied people and this untied church and weave us together in a beautiful and holy tapestry. Fyodor Dostoyevsky claimed that beauty will save the world. In this regard, I’d rather be a frayed knot than afraid not.
Dominic J.S. Mejia
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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