by Britt Skarda senior pastor of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
Dear PHUMC Family,
As I write this message to you from General Conference in St Louis, I know that many of you are disappointed and saddened by the decisions that have been made this week at this global gathering. I share your pain and disappointment. As an ordained United Methodist pastor for more than three decades now, I have preached a message of God’s inclusive love for all. Pulaski Heights UMC has shared this same message for more than 100 years, and we will continue to share this timeless biblical message for the next 100!
Much of the turmoil surrounding General Conference is related to cultural differences that place the UMC here in the United States in a vastly different context than, for example, the UMC in Africa.
The General Conference is not the church. It is a legislative body. Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church is the living, breathing body of Christ called to LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR AND CHANGE THE WORLD. I can’t wait to return to Little Rock and to you as we continue to unashamedly open wide our doors and our arms to the world God so loved. John 3:16.
I love you all,