Daughter, dad sing for UMC despite protest

A professor and an Indigo Girl
The United Methodist father and daughter—he a seminary professor and she one-half of the Grammy-winning folk rock Indigo Girls—performed and shared experiences in a featured appearance at the denomination’s quadrennial Women’s Assembly this month in Anaheim, California.

Nothing very unusual about that, except that a conservative evangelical Methodist women’s coalition called RENEW objected in advance. RENEW president Faye Short said that Emily Saliers, whom she described as “an outspoken lesbian activist,” should not, as one who “publicly defies Christian teachings,” be offered a platform.

Saliers, whose singing partner is Amy Ray, has collaborated on a book, A Song to Sing, a Life to Live, with her father, Don Saliers, a UMC minister, composer of sacred music and professor of theology and worship at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.


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