This Coming Sunday

New energy is buzzing, new doors are opening, new people are appearing, new opportunities to connect abound! At Foundry this September we are mobilizing and activating our spiritual lives through study, service, and worship. Using the no-nonsense teaching from the letter of James, we’ll think together about what an activated life of faith involves. Foundry is on the move! Join us on the way!

September 23 - Reconciling Anniversary Celebration
Preaching: Rev. David W. Meredith
Not Equality in All Things - Philemon 8-16; Galatians 3:25-28

The Reverend David W. Meredith has spent his life answering his call to ministry and church leadership as a faithful gay Christian.

As a young man, he wrestled with these two aspects of his identity for some time, praying and discerning. This culminated in a “strangely warmed heart” experience that revealed that God’s love was unshakeable, and that he was indeed called, just as he was and is, to ministry. Working as a music teacher, David enrolled in St. Paul School of Theology and became ordained in the United Methodist Church- just a few months before its denominational bylaws added prohibitory language against gay clergy. While serving in his first appointment in Oxford, Ohio, near Cincinnati, he met the man who would become his spouse, Jim Schlachter.

David and Jim were married in May of 2016, just before the global United Methodist Church’s General Conference. As the denomination debates its future and an inclusive way forward for LGBTQ Christians, David is in the midst of the denomination’s “church trial” disciplinary process, after people from other congregations filed complaints about his marriage. He continues to faithfully serve while the process plays out.

He currently serves as the pastor of Clifton United Methodist Church, as the Urban Ministry Director at the Ohio River Valley District of the UMC (greater Cincinnati’s regional United Methodist office), and as the President of the AMOS Project. His leadership has emphasized interfaith partnership, community organizing, and intersectional work to confront injustice, prejudice, and “isms” wherever they appear.

Philemon 8-16
8 For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, 9yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love—and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus.* 10I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. 11Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful* both to you and to me. 12I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. 13I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; 14but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. 15Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back for ever, 16no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

Galatians 3:25-28
25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

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