United Methodist Church Demands Ushers Greet Attendees With 'Happy Holidays'
One of the leading mainline and highly progressive denominations, the United Methodist Church has sent word to its congregations that ushers are to greet congregants and visitors with the phrase, “Happy Holidays” instead of the traditional, “Merry Christmas.”
Rev. Susan Dillard who leads St. John’s UMC in Asheville, NC and was on the denomination’s committee for progressive worship explains the decision, “We are really just trying to be more welcoming, inclusive, and of course do our part as leaders in the ‘resistance. For years we have watched cashiers and store owners become marginalized for not using the phrase, ‘Merry Christmas.’ This is our way of standing with them. Also, it gives us a chance to flip the holy middle finger to our current president.”
Dillard’s wife, Darlene Schumacher who is head usher at St. John’s continues, “Let’s be honest here. This is the UMC. We moved on from a Biblical view of marriage years ago when we opened up to accept homosexuality and transgenderism. We have a generous view of abortion. We have all sorts of religious people come to our church. It is 2018. Are we still saying, 'Merry Christmas’? Not in our church. In our church you can worship who or whatever you want during this time of year. Isn’t that the spirit of Christma… er… the holidays? I hope you can forgive that slip. God will. She’s just good like that.”