26 MONTROSE VOICE/FEBRUARY 27, 1987
Methodist Debate Attending Gay Function
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UPI)—A United
Methodist Church bishop said sending
an official observer to a gay ministries
meeting in Chicago next month would
risk the appearance of contradicting
The church's Board of Discipleship
voted 37-36 earlier this month against
sending a representative to the convention, but the losers in the vote took up a
collection to pay the expenses of an
Discipleship Board Chairman George
Bashore, United Methodist bishop from
Massachusetts, cast the deciding vote
taken last Friday.
"You risk taking an action that can be
construed to be in conflict with General
Conference," Bashore said Monday.
The General Conference, the top
governing body of the denomination,
affirmed in 1984 that homosexuality is
incompatible with Christian teaching.
The General Conference meets again
"The debate on this really should take
place in General Conference," Bashore
"That's the democratic arena where
people can debate and change the rules.
But once we vote a certain way, we
shouldn't be knocking it for the next
four years," he said.
However, Kelly Laster, a member of
the board from Irvine, Calif, and a supporter for sending an observer, took
"I worry about the message we send
by not supporting this invitation—the
message that we're not interested in dialogue with gays and lesbians."
Laster is also a supporter of Reconciling Congregations, a group of 22 United
Methodist churches that have opened
their doors and offered ministries to
homosexuals since 1984.
Laster asked other members of the
board Monday to contribute funds to
pay the expenses for an unofficial
Twenty members contributed $200
and board member Nancy Starnes of
Dallas was asked to attend.
"I'm willing to go and collect information, out of ignorance as much as any
thing." she said. "I'm going only forthe
personal learning experience. I am not
representing any group on this board or
The Board of Discipleship, whose
headquarters are located in Nashville,
provides literature and training to
churches in Christian education, stewardship, evangelism, worship and
Condom Delivery Postponed
By Mede Nix
LUBBOCK, Texas (UPI)—Action on a
permit for a Texas Tech University student who runs a condom delivery service from his mobile home was delayed
recently by the city's zoning board until
the student obtains permission to operate from the mobile home park's owner.
Paul Gloyna, 21, appeared before the
Zoning Board of Adjustment to ask for a
permit for "The Protection Connection"
to operate as a customary home occupation.
However, since the lease Gloyna
signed with the Commander Place
Mobile Home Park prohibits sales or
businesses, board members said they
would like to hear from the owner and
neighbors of Gloyna at next month's
meeting before they grant a permit.
"I just haven't been able to get in
touch with the owners of the park, who
live out of town," Gloyna said. "I'll be
back next month. I'm going to try to get
permission. None of my neighbors have
Other than having the owner's permission, zoning board members had
few objections to the business.
"People aren't forced to use this service," said board member Sally Kersey.
"I can't see how it is going to make
much money, but if he wants to continue, he should be able to."
The Protection Connection began its
controversial operation last month by
distributing flyers in a parking lotsouth
of Lubbock Monterey High School.
Gloyna said that at the time he
started the business, he was unaware of
a rarely enforced city ordinance against
placing flyers on vehicles.
The student said he paid a $40 fine
after a police warrant officer called to
tell him there was a warrant out for his
arrest for illegally distributing flyers.
Although Gloyna distributed flyers
near a high school, he said his target
market is Texas Tech students.
However, he sees his business as a
help in controlling the high rate of teenage pregnancies. Lubbock has one of
the highest teenage pregnancy rates in
the state, Gloyna said.
"Sexually transmitted disease is also
rampant, so we want to help do some
thing about this," he said. "It also helps
For $5, The Protection Connection
will deliver five condoms. For $6, they
will deliver three contraceptive
sponges, well above the retail prices of
the items. "Alotofkidswon'tgooutand
buy these things for themselves. We do
it for them," Gloyna said. "Anybody
can go into the drugstore and buy these
things, but a lot of people won't."
Gloyna said he won't make much
money, especially after he pays the $125
permit fee if the zoning board approves
"It'll be quite sometime before I turn a
profit and I don't anticipate the business to grow larger than I can handle on
a night or a weekend. I see it as a comfortable business operated by a Texas Tech
student for a steady flow of income."
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