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필리핀계 미국인 연합감리교협회 성명서 – 우리가 앞으로 나아갈 때, 화합을 위한 요구

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NAFAUM STATEMENT— A CALL FOR UNITY AS WE MOVE FORWARD

We, the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists, are committed to the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church. The basis of our primary commitment to unity is Jesus Christ who prayed for the unity of His Church in the Gospel of John 17.

두루알리미 광고 박스 이미지 연합감리교회 자료의 주간 e-뉴스레터인 <두루알리미>를 받아보시려면, 지금 신청하세요.

We join with the Council of Bishops in affirming that “Christ’s prayer for our unity and command to gather all to the table, to make space for one another, appreciate one another, and look for Christ in each other, prohibit us from creating individual tables only for those who think, act, look, and perceive the world like we do. We cannot be a church that fractures its identity and commitment to Christ by aligning itself with political parties. We cannot be a traditional church or a progressive church or a centrist church. We cannot be a gay or straight church….”

Instead, “we must be one people, rooted in Scripture, centered in Christ, serving in love and united in the essentials.” Those who claimed exclusivity that their theology is the only correct theology and push the rest to the margins or even silence those who disagree, is the way of the world.

We are saddened by the decision of some of our Filipino-American colleagues and friends to leave The United Methodist Church to join the Global Methodist Church (GMC). We all know that even before the GMC was launched as a new denomination, the NAFAUM already gave birth and organized the Global Filipino United Methodist Movement (GFUMM). We still have our leaders of the GFUMM all over the world.

Therefore, we encourage our NAFAUM community including our Filipino churches in diaspora not to join the GMC. For while they are still sisters and brothers in Christ, the GMC is no longer part of The United Methodist Church connection. We wish them well, but we will continue to strengthen the NAFAUM and the GFUMM all over the world.

As we move forward, we are committed to keep the main thing the main thing-- the centrality of our faith in Jesus Christ who draws us into profound community with one another in love and unity to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to participate in God’s on-going mission to redeem and restore a broken and a hurting world.

We are “committed to strengthening every local church, where the Word is preached and Christ is offered, and where the table is set before all who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”

As Pentecost people, may the power of the Holy Spirit unleash into us as we commit to remain together in “one big tent” called The United Methodist Church as we embody the radical love of God in Christ Jesus where everyone including “traditionalists, progressives, centrists and LGBTQ persons will find a home.”

Rev. Edgar De Jesus

President, NAFAUM

 
필리핀계 미국인 연합감리교협회 성명서 – 우리가 앞으로 나아갈 때, 화합을 위한 요구

우리 필리핀계 미국인 연합감리교협회는 연합감리교회의 사명과 일치를 위해 헌신하고 있습니다. 일치를 위한 우리 헌신은 요한복음 17장에서 교회의 일치를 위해 기도하신 예수 그리스도가 근본입니다.

우리는 “우리의 일치를 위한 그리스도의 기도와 모든 사람을 모으고, 서로를 위한 공간을 만들고, 서로에게 감사하며, 서로에게서 그리스도를 찾으라는 명령은 우리처럼 똑같이 생각하고 행동하고 세상을 바라보는 사람만을 위한 공동체를 만드는 것을 금지합니다. 우리는 정치 정당들과 연합함으로써 정체성과 그리스도에 대한 헌신을 깨뜨리는 교회가 될 수 없습니다. 우리는 전통적인 교회나 진보적인 교회나 혹은 중도적인 교회가 될 수 없습니다. 우리는 동성애자나 이성애자만을 위한 교회가 될 수 없습니다….”라는 총감독회의 입장을 지지합니다.

대신 “우리는 한 백성이 되어야 하며, 성경에 뿌리를 두고, 그리스도를 중심에 두고, 사랑 안에서 섬기고, 본질적으로 연합해야 합니다.” 자신의 신학이 유일하고 올바른 신학이라고 배타적으로 주장하고 다른 신학을 주변으로 몰아내거나 심지어 반대하는 사람들을 침묵시키는 것은 세상의 방식입니다. 

우리는 일부 필리핀계 미국인 동료와 친구들이 연합감리교회를 떠나 글로벌감리교회에 합류하기로 결정한 것에 대해 슬퍼합니다. 글로벌감리교회가 새로운 교단으로 출범하기 전에도 필리핀계 미국인 연합감리교협회는 이미 글로벌 필리핀인 연합감리교운동(Global Filipino United Methodist Movement)을 조직하고 출범했습니다. 여전히 전 세계에 글로벌 필리핀인 연합감리교운동 지도자들이 있습니다

그러므로 우리는 디아스포라에 있는 우리 필리핀 교회를 포함한 우리 필리핀계 미국인 연합감리교협회는 글로벌감리교회에 가입하지 않기를 권장합니다. 그들이 여전히 그리스도 안에서 자매와 형제이기는 하지만 글로벌감리교회는 더 이상 연합감리교회 연대의 일부가 아닙니다. 우리는 그들이 잘되기를 바라지만 전 세계적으로 필리핀계 미국인 연합감리교협회와 글로벌 필리핀인 연합감리교 운동을 계속 강화할 것입니다.

우리가 앞으로 나아가면서, 우리는 예수 그리스도의 제자를 만들고 부서지고 상처받은 세상을 구속하고 회복하기 위한 하나님의 지속적인 사명에 참여하기 위해 사랑과 일치로서 깊은 공동체로 우리를 이끄는 예수 그리스도에 대한 우리의 신앙에서 가장 중요한 것을 유지하기 위해 최선을 다하고 있습니다.

우리는 “말씀이 전파되고 그리스도를 만날 수 있으며, 의에 주리고 목마른 모든 사람이 함께 참여할 수 있는 모든 지방 교회를 굳건히 하기 위하여 헌신합니다.”

성령의 강림을 바라는 교인들로서 우리가 연합감리교회라고 하는 “하나의 큰 천막”에 함께 머물기로 약속할 때 성령의 능력이 우리에게 임하여 우리는 예수 그리스도 안에 하나님의 혁신적인 사랑을 실현하며, “전통주의자, 진보주의자, 중도파와 성소수자들을 포함한 모든 사람이 본향을 찾을 것입니다. 

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