by Gil Caldwell, Cofounder of Truth in Progress
Since the death of Bishop Martin McLee I have almost daily searched for additional news about his significant ministry, and plans for his funeral service. I have written, as I have done my "grief work" in response to his death, about the similarities of our experiences. Martin Mclee received his "Call" to the ministry while attending a United Methodist Church in Dallas,Texas. He attended Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. I, long before Bishop McLee was born, when my father pastored a Church in Dallas, attended public schools in Dallas.
Bishop Mclee and I have both served as Pastors of Union United Methodist Church in Boston, and were named District Superintendents while at Union.
Each time, I search for more information about Bishop McLee, I am disturbed by an article that keeps surfacing titled, "Conservative Methodists Upset by UMC Bishop's Decision." The article begins, "Conservative members of the UMC have expressed disappointment over a bishop's refusal to punish a clergyman who violated church rules by officiating at his son's gay wedding."
Many of us are pleased that Bishop McLee called for a "cessation" of church trials in response to marriage equality.
As we mourn the unexpected and sudden death of Bishop Martin Mclee, I want to share this that I have just received from Presbyterian New Service: