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The Call

Vol. E13, Number 16

updated: August 5, 2013

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“¿Qué signifi ca ser metodista unido para mí?” (What does it mean to be United Methodist for me?)

By Arturo Reyna

<p>Reverendo Reyna: “Soy metodista porque<br /> en esta iglesia mis hijos son valorados por<br /> lo que son.”</p>

Reverendo Reyna: “Soy metodista porque
en esta iglesia mis hijos son valorados por
lo que son.”

See English translation below. 

Alguien me preguntó en una ocasión y me dijo: “¿Usted es metodista?” y yo recuerdo que levanté mi frente muy en alto y le dije: “Sí, yo soy metodista unido, y estoy orgulloso de serlo.”

Recuerdo la mirada de sorpresa de aquella persona. Luego recuerdo que se me acercó y me dijo: “¿Por qué estás orgulloso de ser metodista unido?”

Lo miré a los ojos y recuerdo que le dije: Soy metodista unido y estoy orgulloso de serlo porque los metodistas estuvieron atentos a la voz de Dios, cuando Dios les dijo que tiraran la red hacia los hispanos de un pueblo llamado Galax en el estado de Virginia y no lo pensaron dos veces para responder al mandato del Señor.

Soy metodista unido porque los metodistas abren sus puertas a todos/as sin importar color, edad, raza, cultura ni género.

Soy metodista unido, porque en esta Iglesia hay oportunidad de servir para todo aquel que desea servir al que Vive y Reina para Siempre.

Soy metodista unido porque en esta iglesia mis hijos son valorados por lo que son ... Criaturas del Altísimo.

Soy metodista unido, porque en esta iglesia no te dicen como adorar a Dios, te invitan a adorar a Dios.

Soy metodista unido, porque en esta iglesia, las mujeres pueden servir a Dios en todo su potencial, sin importar el llamado que tengan, pues reconocemos que el llamado lo da Dios y no el hombre.

Soy metodista unido porque creo y sé, que la iglesia metodista es guiada por el Espíritu Santo de Dios y interpreta las sagradas escrituras no a como siente o piensa que deben ser interpretadas, pues no nos basamos a los sentimientos, sino a un fundamento con razonamiento teológico.

En fin, soy metodista unido porque aquí me trajo el Señor y porque la iglesia metodista no es un edificio de cuatro paredes. No, la iglesia metodista es un pueblo que dice y cree, lo que su fundador dijo: “El mundo es mi parroquia."

Reverendo Arturo Reyna es el coordinador del ministerio hispano de la Conferencia Holston y pastor en el Iglesia Ríos de Agua Viva Metodista Unida (Morristown, Tenn.)

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English translation:

"What does it mean to be United Methodist for me?"  

Someone asked me once: “Are you Methodist?” and I remember that I raised my head high and said: “Yes, I am United Methodist and I am proud of being one.”

I remember the look of surprise of that person. Later I remember that he came to me and asked: “Why are you proud of being Methodist?”

I looked him in the eyes and I remember that I told him: I am United Methodist and I am proud of being one because the United Methodists were attentive to the voice of God, when God told them to throw the net toward the Hispanics in a town called Galax in the state of Virginia and they didn’t think twice about responding to the command of the Lord. 

I am United Methodist because the Methodists open their doors to all without regard to color, age, race, culture, or gender.

I am United Methodist, because in this church there is opportunity to service for all who desire to serve the One that lives and reigns forever.

I am United Methodist because in this church my children are valued for what they are … creations of the Most High.

I am United Methodist, because in this church they don’t tell you how to worship God, they invite you to worship God. 

I am United Methodist, because in this church the women can serve God in all of their potential, no matter the call they have, for we recognize the call that God gives and not man. 

I am United Methodist because I believe and I know, that the United Methodist Church is guided by the Holy Spirit of God and interprets the Holy Scriptures not to how one feels or thinks they should be interpreted, for we are not based on feelings, but rather on a foundation of theological reasoning.

Finally, I am United Methodist because the Lord brought me here and because the United Methodist Church is not a building of four walls. No, the United Methodist Church is a body that says and believes that which its founder said: “The world is my parish.” 
Rev. Arturo Reyna is Hispanic ministry coordinator for Holston Conference and pastor of Rivers of Living Water United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tenn. 

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