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Title Houston Voice, No. 920, June 12, 1998
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date June 12, 1998
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript Emotions high at controversial minister's last sermon ■» OMAHA, Neb. — Tears brimmed and fell Sunday as the Rev. Jimmy Creech, the controversial minister who per formed a covenant ceremony to two women, gave his last sermon June 7 at First United Methodist Church in Omaha. A total of 650 people attended three services to hear Creech's last sermon as senior pastor of the congregation. Creech told the members that he expected them to continue with their mission of inclusion and acceptance. The only consolation I have in leaving is that you will continue the ministry you have begun," he said. Creech performed the same-sex union ceremony in September, dividing the Omaha congregation and the denomination. Many members of the First United Methodist congregation who opposed Creech left the church, meeting instead at an Omaha high school and for the first time Sunday _ al the Scottish Rile Cathedral. Guest speaker Michael McClymond did nol directly address the controversy over Creech, but instead focused his sermon on bridging divisions among Christians. "My friends, don't underestiinalt* the reconciling power of the cross," he said. "Peacemaking among Christiana lies in the cross." Although it church jury this spring found that Creech had not violated chtirch law, he was not reappointed to the First United Methodist pulpit. He was to remain as senior pastor of lhe congregation through June, bul decided to step down Sunday so the congregation could move forward. In his 10:45 a.m. service. Creech urged tolerance. "Sometimes we confuse the creeds and rules with the real essence of loving God and each other." he said. "What really matters is not our creed and rules. In the end, what really matters is how we treat one another." Many left the service in tears. "It's hard to see the legacy that he started go on without him," said congregant Jackie Lawrence. Lawrence said lhe congregation was already better because of Creech's leadership. "We'll rise above this," she said. "I think we'll be a stronger, closer and better congregation because of what he has done for us." Later, a farewell program a reception was held for Creech, his family and his associate pastor, the Rev. Susan Mullins. who is taking a leave of absence in the wake of the controversy. Whether the First United congregation can be reunited after Creech's departure remains to be seen. Members such as Pally Babbel said they believe Creech and his supporters have abandoned biblical teachings on homosexuality, and Creech opponents resent being called bigots by some on the other side. "We cant accept going against the Word." Babbel said. The churchs newly appointed senior pastor, the Rev. Donald Bredthauer. has agreed to meet wilh Creech opponents on Sunday for a question-and-answer session. The group will meel June 17 al Boys Town to discuss Ihe direction it wants to take, said Mel Semrad, an organizer. Creech opponents, however, will Saying good-bye: The Rev Jimmy Creech says good-bye after his last service at First United Methodist Church on June 7. His wife, Chris Weedy, is at left. Creech was not reappointed as Pastor at the church after he presided over a commitment ceremony between two women. —Photo by Jeff Biermann continue to meet through June at the cathedral. Creech will take a leave of absence from the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church and spend the summer with his family in Ocracoke, a resort island off the coast of North Carolina. The family will then move to Raleigh. N.C. where they lived before Creech's Omaha assignment. Bredthauer. an assistant pastor under Creech, will take over as Firs) United Methodist's senior pastor July 1. — Sunday Drunch al Dpindletop JLsxecutivc Chef Jean Moysan invites you lo cultivate your appreciation for fine dining at his spectacular brunch buffet. Experience the elegance and grandeur of brunch at Houstons premier restaurant high atop downtown. Live jazz band. Brunch served 10 a.in. to 2 p.m. Price per person - $27, children under \ 12 - half price, children under 6 - free,' Reservations recommended. (713) 646-6999 IE CfcNTER Ol DOWNTOWN - Feel The Hyatt iomlr — 0* 1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, FX 77002- PAG 1 3 A ▼ J U INI 9 9 S
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