Reverberations of 81 Words on Homosexuality and the UMC

The debate in the United Methodist Church about homosexuality and whether it is “incompatible with Christian teaching” or if “a self-avowed practicing homosexual” should be ordained has continued for many years. No matter where you stand on these issues, I wholeheartedly recommend listening to the following story from¬†This American Life.

The story is “81 Words: The story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.”¬†This change in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has had ripple effects across American society, including The United Methodist Church.

I very much enjoy the story telling style of This American Life and recommend that you check out more information at You can also subscribe to the podcast directly in iTunes.

Homosexuality and the UMC – Adam Hamilton Sermon

I invite you to worship with The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection on Sunday, February 1 online at and hear a sermon by Adam Hamilton addressing homosexuality as a part of the sermon series When Christians Get it Wrong.

I was in worship on Saturday night, enjoyed the sermon and appreciated Adam’s sermon. I believe that you will be interested in his perspective, even if you disagree with his approach.

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  3. If you watch online, let us know your response using the Contact Resurrection Live! link after the service.

Dancing in a Wheelchair – Review

Dancing in a Wheelchair by Fritz and Etta Mae Mutti was published in 2001 by Abingdon Press. At the time, Fritz was the bishop of the Kansas Area of The United Methodist Church, including the Kansas East and Kansas West Conferences.

Dancing in a Wheelchair is the story of the Mutti family as they experience life as a family through the journey of two sons, Tim and Fred, with HIV / AIDS. The Muttis tell the story of the transition from life before diagnosis, through the first signs of the disease and finally to the loss of their two sons. Mixed throughout the book is factual information about the disease.

Dancing in a Wheelchair is a heartfelt first person account of the events over several years. You can almost feel the passion of Fritz and Etta Mae as they experience grief, hope, sadness, anger and a wide range of emotions. I recommend this book to those who are experiencing HIV / AIDS as a part of their family as I believe that it would be a comfort and shine a light into the future.

Mutti, Fritz and Etta Mae. Dancing in a Wheelchair: One Family Faces HIV / AIDS. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001.