November 6, 2012

Nursing Infants at Clergy Spouse Events

The Clergy Spouse Retreat Committee of the Indiana Conference has formed a sub-committee to explore the presence of nursing infants at clergy spouse events. What policies do other conferences have on this topic? Are nursing mothers whose infants are under one year welcome? What type of provisions are required if a spouse brings an infant?

Thank you for your insights, suggestions, perceptions, comments on this topic.

Jacquie Reed
Fishers, Indiana


  1. I guess your folks will have to decide what is more important--keeping baby's out or having young mothers present. Ask them what they think Jesus would do.

  2. I can't believe this is even a discussion item. What is the purpose of your gathering? Fellowship? Sharing? Growing closer to God? Showing love to one another? Acceptance of each other? Providing support to each other, no matter what stage of life?

    If I were a parent with a baby, after hearing that this has raised the need for a sub-committee "to explore the presence of nursing infants at clergy spouse events," I'd be looking for another group, maybe even another denomination.

  3. I have been a long time reader of this blog but have never commented. I am appalled that this is even an issue. I feel so sorry for these young mothers. I have been a pastor’s wife for nine years (since I was 20), so I know how incredibly lonely it is to be a young pastor’s wife in the United Methodist Church. These young women could really benefit from the counsel and experience of the other women at the spouse events. I also feel so sorry for the congregations of these women who feel it is okay to be so exclusive. I wonder how many people have been turned away from their congregations because they were different.

  4. Wow! Is this a serious post?

  5. In this day and time, I can see why you'd ask. But sadly yes. This issue is very real for them. And our responses will affect what they decide.

  6. I think this particular group of spouses need to pray for forgiveness for being so mean spirited.

  7. This is just unbelievable. I know breastfeeding in public can be controversial, but in the context of a women's event (for a group that desperately needs younger women involved) this is shocking. And yes, the "subcommittee" concept seems like satire. And yet all too believable for a United Methodist group.

    To praise my church, let me also mention that I regularly breastfeed in Sunday school, at church dinners, etc., and no one has ever said a word about it. I always try to be discreet and not show skin, but I'm sure people know what's happening, and they have been very accepting of it.

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