Is there really a separation of church and state?

Assuming United Methodism’s tendency to forget we are a global church and our tendency to do things the “American” way, today’s SCOTUS opinion raises an interesting question.  Should the Church follow the Court’s decisions in it’s attempts to become more inclusive?  As LGBTQA rights gain momentum in the courts, race and ethnicity seem to be losing ground.  We often use the Civil Rights struggle as a comparison to LGBTQA argument for full-inclusion.  If so, is there an ethical or spiritual dilemma in doing so?   I’m interested in your thoughts on this matter, which seem particularly relevant as our Judicial Council is meeting this week and with Annual Conferences soon to happen.  Here’s a link to the NY Times story: ttp://


About Vince Gonzales

United Methodist Laity, married to a recent Seminary graduate seeking ordination. Active at all levels of the Church, I sit on the Board of The General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church, one of our 13 UMC Agencies. I also am the Chair of the Racial and Social Justice Task Force of Churches Uniting in Christ, an ecumenical group of communions, dedicated to the reconciliation of ministries and fighting racism, as well as representing the UMC at Christian Churches Together's Hispanic/Latinx Ministry Gatherings. Additionally, I am one of two committee members from the South Central Jurisdiction serving on the DisAbility Ministries Committee of the UMC. My polity pendulum often swings to both extremes so one never knows what they might find on this page!
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