Tweeting the Meeting: #MyChurchToo Edition

Throughout the General Conference Session here in San Antonio, several themed hashtags have been trending in Twitter conversations. One of the most popular was #MyChurchToo. People used this hashtag to remind the church about the diversity and complexity of its membership.

We're watching for #MyChurchToo hashtag, looking to retweet. #GCSA15 pic.twitter.com/9yHf71ZHtt

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) July 8, 2015

Let's focus less on petty politics and more on social justice, more on caring for the earth, more on feeding the hungry. #MyChurchToo

— Sari Fordham (@sarikarina) July 7, 2015

What is central to this gospel for a broken world if not restoration of every person to full potential? Gal 3:28. #GCSA15 #MyChurchToo

— Jim Wibberding (@JimWibberding) July 8, 2015

If this was #mychurchtoo we would be discussing reaching postmoderns, #LGBTQ people, & #WO would be an admin decision. @spectrummag

— Praying Adventist (@PrayinAdventist) July 8, 2015

You can leave. I don't blame you. But you may be able to have a greater impact for good if you stay and act. #GCSA15 #MyChurchToo

— Brian Vistaunet (@BrianVistaunet) July 9, 2015

@AWWritesStories I want the church to know that it encourages scientific illiteracy and discourages critical thinking. #MyChurchToo

— SDAParakeets (@SdaParakeets) July 7, 2015

There needs to be room for differing beliefs and not an immediate expulsion from the church. e.g. FB6, etc #MyChurchToo #GCSA15

— Michael Hadley (@MCHadley) July 7, 2015

Whatever the vote, my memory is 100%. Won't forget how much people defamed women to resist equity. Will forgive. Won't forget. #MyChurchToo

— mackenzian (@mackenzian) July 8, 2015

This one and her still-gestating little sis need to hear they just as much the image of God. #GCSA15 #MyChurchToo pic.twitter.com/MZaDpDj1S3

— Daneen Akers (@daneenakers) July 8, 2015

I was at AU early 80s. Women friends studying theo. were told "Be patient. The church is changing." Has it? #MyChurchToo #GCSA15

— Trudy Morgan-Cole (@trudymorgancole) July 8, 2015

In Jesus’ church, everyone is blessed...and shouldn't our church be His church? #MyChurchToo #GCSA15 http://t.co/qjldT4Hq4d

— Todd G (@BreakBadventist) July 11, 2015

Rachel Logan is a SpectrumMagazine.org Intern, and a member of the General Conference reporting team in San Antonio, Texas.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6963

Ethical Dissent/the “loyal opposition” in the SDA church is needed. It is not a single, heroic action. It may begin with a single action, but can extend to involve substantial amounts of an individual’s time and resources. Many have observed that Adventists vote with their wallets/purses and their feet. Everyone will have to check their tolerance for the status quo and if they want to present a fundamental alternative to the disrespect shown the women of the church by not being willing to ordain them. It is likely to start as the result of an young woman or man noticing that things are not what they ought to be, and then attempting to get them changed by talking to people in the local church. It can end easily, with changes made quickly, or it can end by involving an unfolding number of church contacts, members and never ending entities and committees. Sometimes, the direction it takes after the beginning is in our own hands. At other times, we may get swept up in the events as they unfold, and must struggle to maintain our credibility, moral standing, and career, not necessarily in that order of priority.

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I found this tweet to be very healing, sad in some ways, but full of hope also.

mackenzian‏@mackenzian Whatever the vote, my memory is 100%. Won’t forget how much people defamed women to resist equity. Will forgive. Won’t forget. #MyChurchToo

Forgiving and forgetting is great in theory, but in reality it’s difficult. Below are four reasons why it’s important to forgive but not forget.

  1. Forgiving is critical to our emotional health. By refusing to forgive someone, we’re choosing to hold on to all the anger and bitterness that their actions have created. When we choose to hold onto this anger and let it eat us up, it can make us irritable, impatient, distracted, and even physically ill. Forgiveness is not a justice issue; it’s a heart issue.
  2. We can learn from past experiences. We need to take what we can learn, be mindful of the lesson, and move on. This may mean moving on with or without the person who hurt us. Even in the middle of the situation, we can learn something about ourselves — what pushes our buttons, where we might have sensitivities, and how we handle getting hurt by someone we care about.
  3. Forgiving can strengthen our relationships. All relationships can be restored, and even deepen and thrive, not in spite of what happened in the past but because of it. The act of forgiving strengthens people’s commitment to a healthy relationship
  4. We safeguard ourselves from being a victim of the same offense again. It’s not OK to dwell on what happened and rehash it regularly. Instead, we need to remember what happened to us in order to avoid letting it happen again. Just because we have forgiven someone doesn’t mean that we’ll choose to keep them in our lives.
    There is great value in mastering the skill of forgiving but not forgetting. Taking good care of ourselves requires regular forgiveness of others. Remember, we do it for us, not for them. And we don’t obsess, but we don’t forget, either, so we can take the valuable life lessons with us.