VIGIL + ACTION
May 13, 2018
Clifton United Methodist ChurchClifton United Methodist has been a dedicated equal partner in the cultivation and support of JustLOVE. So, it is with a heavy heart that we write to you, our JustLOVE community, about a crime against Reverend David Meredith, lead pastor of Clifton United Methodist Church.
Late last week, an intruder broke a window at Clifton United Methodist Church and entered Rev. David Meredith’s office. The intruder did not touch the computer, the tablet or the silver chalice that were in the office. The only thing taken were Reverend Meredith’s diploma and credentials to practice as a pastor. This attack is personal, hateful and intended to intimidate. See this ARTICLE for more information.
This crime comes less than two months after a hearing by the United Methodist Church calling for David’s credentials for marrying Jim, his partner for close to three decades. Up until now, the complainants and hearings trying to discredit David on the basis of loving Jim, have been unpleasant and painful, but lawful under the rules of the United Methodist Church. However, the crime of breaking into his office as an act of humiliation and bullying, is clearly against both Church and state values and behaviors.
We know you join us, the leadership of JustLOVE, in extending love and prayers to Reverend Meredith and Clifton United Methodist. Acknowledging that the same crime would be painful if it happened in your community, to you or to one of your faith leaders. David isn’t just the Pastor at Clifton UMC, he is our friend, an ally to all, and a devoted pursuer of justice. It is in this spirit that we call on you for help with these actions:
1) CONNECT: Send a note to Clifton UMC , letting them know of your support
2) SHOW UP: Prayer and action vigil on Sunday, May 13 at 7pm at Clifton UMC
and at JustLOVE Pride on June 17, 2018 at Plum Street Temple.
3) SPEAK OUT: We are drafting a letter of support for David, decrying the crime. We are asking all allies to sign on. When it’s finalized, we will send it to you and hope that each of you will be willing to sign it. In the meantime, whatever your platform and space for calling out justice, please use your voice to call out this hateful action.
On Sunday, May 13 at 7pm at Clifton United Methodist, we will join in song and encouragement for Clifton UMC, David and Jim. We will write postcards and share a power building plan of action. Of course, there is only so much we can do as people of a different faiths and friends of Clifton UMC. However, we know well the power of allies and how meaningful it is to know that regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, we believe that each of us are Betzelem Elohim בְּצֶ֥לֶם אֱלֹהִ֖ים, made equally and uniquely in the image of the Creator, deserving of love and advocacy.