Ray Tetz on Compliance and Communication — Adventist Voices

Ray Tetz, director of communication and community engagement for the Pacific Union Conference, explains what "noncompliance" means vs. what matters. He also details the union's new media initiatives and why he's hopeful about Adventism in the west.

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Glad to see he’s willing to embrace non-compliance with regard to the narrow issue of women and ministry but he completely leaves out LGBTQI and ministry. Like most in church administration he does not support our rights. So good on him for going part-way but still leaving us in the cold.

Perhaps Ray will address your question here.
Yes, in many places, LGBT’s having equal standing in a community
with all other members, with all the rights and privileges for service
open to them, would definitely be non-compliance and would
possibly border a “letter” from higher ups.
At least a written warning to the pastor.
The SDA church as a body does not believe that LGBT’s can have
the same religious experiences that others have available to them.

An excellent observation, Sam Matthews !

With a population of fifty five million in the four states comprising the PUC, there would be a significant minority demographic of 2,200,000
LGBT individuals ( well established that 4-5% of the population is gay/ lesbian.)

And this percentage holds over every racial, ethnic , social , class group.

So four percentage of the Hispanic and black SDA membership would be gay / lesbian and regrettably it is in these racially minority groups where homophobia is the most prevalent.

When we are woefully behind other denominations in equality for our SDA clergywomen, we are even further removed in inclusivity / acceptance of our LGBT offspring.

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