Posted on March 4, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the
Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows?
Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”
The book of Esther is an Old Testament short story about a young Jewish woman named Esther, who is selected by the Persian king to become the new queen. The Jewish people in Persia are under threat of being killed. Queen Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, appeals to her for help in the face of the impeding destruction of their people by saying that if she keeps silent at such a time as this, their people will perish.
Last week at the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church deep-seeded wounds and long-standing divisions were further exposed and deepened when it comes to including LGBTQ persons in the full life of the Church. We will not know the full extent of what the Traditional Plan legislation that was passed means until after the Judicial Council of our denomination meets in late April to make decisions on the constitutionality of the plan.
Still, the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church is in a place “for just such a time as this.” We will stay grounded in the truth of God’s love for all people and allow our witness to be led by our vision which is, “To be a welcoming home where we share God’s love.”
We will also boldly proclaim our reconciling statement that says, “Our welcome knows no boundaries” and that, “We answer Jesus’ call to ‘love your neighbor’ by embracing every person as a full participant in our church family, including people of all ages, nations, races, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.”
As a church, we will also continue to offer God’s people H.O.P.E. that we have named as Hospitality, Offering Christ, Purposeful living and Engaging our community.
Our witness as a church is that we need each other in all our diversity to fulfill our call to be the Body of Christ. And that witness is now more important than ever. May we continue to hold to our H.O.P.E. for just such a time as this.