United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church
History of UMC as a Leftist Organization
The United Methodist Church USA began to turn sharply leftward during the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's, becoming one of the most active leftist religious organizations in the Hanoi Lobby, the Anti-Defense Lobby, and later in the Latin American Lobby (re El Salvador, Nicaragua and Cuba). It illegally lobbied for legislation to cut aid to our allies in Indochina as part of the Coalition to Stop Funding the War CSFW and its successor, the Coalition for a New Foreign and Military policy, against the B-1 Bomber Stop the B-1 Bomber Campaign, and other similar groups. It would take donations and launder them through these lobbying groups despite the fact that the money given to them was tax-exempt under the IRS Code 501(c)(3).
The UMC was made up of "Boards", which during the late 60's and 70's, some of which were run by hardcore leftists, if not outright communist sympathizers. Among these boards and their leaders were:
- Mia Adjali UMC
- Mia Adjali - Board of Missions, attended the Jan. 8-10, 1971 National Coalition Conference in Chicago, sponsored by the National Coalition Against War, Racism and Repression NCAWRR, a Communist Party dominated "united front" that was described in a HISC hearing as "the intermediate step between the (Milwaukee) Strategy Action Conference and the Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice PCPJ, another CPUSA "united" front. P. 1562 (NPAC & PCPJ, Part I). She was listed on P. 1699 as "Board of Missions United Methodist Church" (along with George Vickers,p. 1715.
- Mia Adjali - listed on the organizational letterheads of PCPJ, Coordinating Committee, of Feb. 20, 1971 (p. 1723), April 20, 1971 (p. 1727), and May 15, 1971, p. 1630.
- Mia Adjali - listed on the PCPJ Coordinating Committee list of May 28, 1971, in NPAC/PCPJ.
- Mia Adjali - she was listed as a representative of the Methodist Church on the PCPJ Coordinating Committee list for their Milwaukee conference of June 25-27, 1971, NPAC/PCPJ Hearing, Part 4, p. 3957 (along with George Vickers). She was also possibly listed as a donor to PCPJ on p. 4007 of the same hearing but under the name Elise N. Adjali. This person, if different than Mia Adjali, has not been identified anywhere as to who they are so there is the possibility that this is the same person spelling out their full name but with a typo for her middle name, an "N" instead of an "M". This will be updated if any additional information is forthcoming.
- Mia Adjali - Women's Division, UMC - sponsor of an ad in the New York Times, 9/23/71, by the Communist front, Chile Emergency Committee, entitled "Santiago: the streets are red with blood".
- Peggy Billings - Women's Division, UMC - also a sponsor of the same ad
- Mrs. C. Clifford Cummings - Women's Division, UMC - also a sponsor of the same ad
- Board of Church and Society
- Board of Global Ministries
- Women's Division - Board of Missions
- Board of Missions
- Board of Christian Social Concerns
- Methodist Women - need to see if this was one of the UMC's boards CITE
- Rev.Herman Will Jr.- United Methodist Board of Social Concerns BSC - NPAC/PCPJ, PART 1, p. 1716, participant in the Jan. 8-10, 1971 Chicago National Coalition Conference sponsored by the National Coalition Against War, Racism and Repression NCAWRR
- George Vickers - Board of Missions, representative to the Jan. 1971 Chicago conference sponsored by NCAWRR, p. 1718, NPAC/PCPJ, Part 1. Also identified in a list on p. 3935 as at the Milwaukee PCPJ Coordinating Committee meeting on June 25-27, 1971, as a representative of the Methodist Church along with Mia Adjali, p. 3957. He then showed up, along with Mia Adjali on the NPAC Steering Committee as of July 2, as being members of theHarrisburg Defense Committee, a group set up to defend the Berrigan Brothers and others of charges that they schemed to kidnap Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. NPAC had held an "anti-War Convention from July 2-4, 1971 in New York City.
The sources for the above listings and individuals came from the various "New Mobe" hearings and Staff study.
Others came from the 4 part hearings by HISC entitled "National Peace Action Coalition NPAC and Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice PCPJ, 1971 as well as from the Congressional Record of April 21, 1971, "The Second Front of the Vietnam War: Communist Subversion in the Peace Movement", Rep. John G. Schmitz (R-CA), et. al.
One Nation Rally
As at September 30, 2010, the church's General Board of Church and Society was listed as an endorser of the One Nation Rally which took place on October 2, 2010 in the mall, Washington, D.C. However, on October 1, 2010, one day before the rally was to take place, Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society for the United Methodist Church put out a statement rescinding the church's endorsement of the One Nation Rally, stating:
- "[The Board] is rescinding its endorsement of the “One Nation Working Together” rally in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2. The board is disturbed by some of the overtly political and partisan statements issued by organizers of the march."
- National Peace Action Coalition NPAC and Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice PCPJ, Part 1, Hearings, HISC, May 18-21, 1971 and on the May 28, 1971 PCPJ Coordinating Committee list, NPAC/PCPJ, Part 2, p. 1967
- National Peace Action Coalition NPAC and Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice PCPJ, Part 2, Hearings, HISC, June 15-17, 1971, p. 1967
- National Peace Action Coalition NPAC and Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice PCPJ, Part 4, Hearings, HISC, June 17 and July 20-22, 1971, p. 3935.
- New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, Part 1, Hearings, House Internal Security Committee, April 7-9 & 15, 1970, and Subversive Involvement in the Origin, Leadership and Activities of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and Its Predecessor Organizations, Staff Study, House Internal Security Committee, April, 1970
- from the General Secretary's Address (April 2007)
- United Methodist Church General Board of Church & Society: Word from Winkler: Endorsement withdrawn, Oct. 1, 2010 (accessed on Oct. 8, 2010)