I am always apprehensive when I see plans calling for the jurisdictions in the United States to unshackle themselves from Africa and other areas of the world so that we can actually vote on inclusion without the more historically conservative voices outweighing the progressive voices.
These plans are largely, if not totally, from the progressive wing of the United Methodist Church. As I have said in the past, these voices are often white, male, and heavily American-centric. I find it odd that many have no issue forcing progressive values upon other people but find it oppressive when, say, African Christian values meander their way through General Conference.
I can’t imagine a time when I will be proven wrong on those, especially when you have the likes of Roger Wolsey, a UMC pastor who thinks of himself as something of a progressive leader.
This past week, Roger posted this:
Notice what Roger said. First, he suggests that many if not most of the Community of Christ are “citizens of Africa.” Second, I guess he thinks that since Africans trusted the non-Africans (i.e., Americans), then they were somehow able to get it “right.” Then, he alludes to something else…
He believes the CoC changed because the white members of that denomination educated the Africans enough.
To note, only 25,000 of the 250,000 are “citizens of Africa.”
This is colonialism and this is racism and this is not the first time we have seen Roger demonstrate his white privilege. This mindset is prevalent in progress circles, is an ongoing concern, and has been noted by several POC progressive thinkers (much to the chagrin of white progressives). Maybe people like Roger don’t recognize how offensive their mindset it.
Oh, and racism is a chargeable offense in the UMC.
Update: 13 May 16, from the Progressive Methodist Forum: