I wrote a question which was downvoted probably for multiple reasons. I personally suffer from selective attention (hyperfocussing and the opposite thereof) and poor planning abilities due to ADHD, so I do sometimes struggle to see the woods for the trees, am not that savvy or sensible, and due to this I think I need extra patience in helping me to reformat the question. I was advised to split the question up to avoid conflating the issues and casting some of the people/organisations involved in the question in an overly harsh light. I appreciate that you should ask a question in a constructive way although at the back of my mind I still want to avoid isolating questions from their context, making them sound contrived or uninteresting. Is this the right place to talk about reformatting the question into multiple questions? I made a google doc (original) of the multiple draft questions which I could insert here if appropriate.
Edit: I have written a some draft questions, the first in line of which I thought I should run past you guys before dropping it on the Q&A. I appreciate asking whether the practice of shunning occurs in a specific denomination might not really provide moral or intellectual instruction as such (although a discussion of the real-world effectiveness/outcomes of shunning would probably be, if there is any literature on the topic). However it is a highly relevant and consequential question for me and probably for others. (I think of it this way: like Christian Stackexchange, the academic Warren Throckmorten on his blog would prefer to address controversial evangelical practices in quite an oblique way, conversely zeroing in on things like plagiarism in Mars Hill rather than the dark and controversial sides of it like shunning. However the most important study of Mars Hill, the mammoth podcast series by Christianity Today, did prefer to tackle the controversial issue of shunning head-on, which reduced the edifying nature of the podcast but made it more consequential.) I am in no way suggesting Vineyard is anything like Mars Hill, it is just my analogy and impression of the situation here which stands to be corrected if necessary.
NB, I am not super-fussed about the grounds for shunning where it occurs (see the documentary which I linked to in the comments if you have any doubts that I am sincere in my line of enquiry about being primarily interested by the severity of church discipline or whatever the correct term may be), but in the case of Vineyard the only publicly reported cases of shunning happen to concern LGBT persons.
Here is my proposed question:
The following are excerpts from Vineyard USA’s 2014 position paper, “Pastoring LGBT persons”.
A humble tone, which acknowledges ambiguity, as well as the reality of profoundly difficult pastoral situations, and looks to the Holy Spirit for wisdom and direction goes to the heart of the Vineyard’s approach to pastoring people. Another way to put it is that pastoring LGBT people always involves a communication of our common humanity with those whom we are pastoring.
Tim Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, put it this way:
"It is normal for human beings (whose hearts are always seeking to justify themselves and who are always trying to make the case that they are one of the “good guys”) to divide the world into the good and the bad. If, however, everyone is naturally alienated from God and therefore “evil,” then that goes for everyone from murderers to ministers. The biblical teaching on sin shows us the complete pervasiveness of sin and the ultimate impossibility of dividing the world neatly into sinful people and good people. It eliminates our attitude of superiority toward others and our practices of shunning or excluding those with whom we differ."
So pastoral care does not mean that we never call sin in others “sin,” but it does mean that we never simply see sin as dividing others from us. Rather, the line of sin runs right through the center of our own hearts. - Page 13
Perhaps an illustration would help. Imagine an old Gothic cathedral with stained glass windows. Outside the cathedral, the windows look gray and cloudy. The picture in the window is incomprehensible. But when one steps inside the cathedral, the picture in the window comes to life. One says, “Ah, there is Jesus teaching from a boat in the Sea of Galilee, or there is a portrait of the Risen Christ.” Only inside of a Christian worldview do statements by Christians about sex and sexual morality make sense. Thus, it is wise for a Christian to never offer “sound bites” about same-sex relationships. They are almost certainly going to be misunderstood outside the cathedral. Unless the questioner is willing to engage in a wide-ranging conversation about God, marriage, sin and its effects, and salvation, Christians should simply decline to offer a few sentences about sex or homosexuality, in particular, to the media, on the web, or even in a sermon. The audience will not understand it.
Further, when sex outside of heterosexual marriage is condemned without a broader conversation, regarding the Gospel and how Jesus is good news for all, and without a tone of deep humility and deep apprehension of our own sin, people reasonably hear several things:
First, they hear that a person who does have sex outside of heterosexual marriage is a disgusting person, who deserves to be shunned by God and the church. Second, they hear that the speakers believe themselves to be one of the good people, who is welcomed by God because of their goodness and can self-righteously look down on others. - Page 14
The authors don’t seem to have any positive attitude toward any shunning or ostracism of LGBT persons in a Vineyard church. I can see a parallel here to Chuck Smith Junior, an important early associate of the Vineyard movement who eventually acquired a negative attitude toward the ostracism (which he played a role in initiating) of one of the founders of the Vineyard movement (relating to a months-long romantic or sexual same-sex relationship whilst in a leadership position).
Is the shunning or ostracism of a trans person in a Vineyard church inconsistent with written and unwritten positions on (or attitudes toward) the shunning or ostracism of LGBT persons in the broader Vineyard movement?
The vineyard position paper states
“There is also a disclaimer that needs to be made. While we use the term “LGBT,” this paper does not in fact address the issue of bisexual and transgender relationships. This would have made this document too long.” - Page 11
In the Vineyard movement, can the ostracism of trans persons be justified on any grounds which the ostracism of gay and lesbian persons currently cannot, and what would those grounds be?