Dear Pastor Carpenter and sisters and brothers of Green Street UMC,
On behalf of the congregation of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, I want to express our appreciation for the stand you have taken on behalf of marriage equality. Future generations of United Methodists will look back on these days and be grateful for the witness of Green Street and know that the God of Exodus and Resurrection was still being worshiped and served within United Methodism.
Your communication of your decision is clear and non-defensive. You obviously love the United Methodist Church and are striving to be faithful to our tradition and experience. The good spirit you communicate is a true witness to the spirit of reconciliation.
As you are quoted as saying in the UMNS story, no approach is perfect. All of us who have struggled to figure out what is just and right in our time have discovered this. But it is so much better to do something rather than nothing. So thank you for taking action. Your witness coming from western North Carolina is particularly appreciated.
May God continue to bless your ministry. You are in our prayers here at Foundry. We are grateful for you. You are an answer to prayer.
Dean Snyder, Senior Pastor