Special General Conference Discussion Groups

Special General Conference Discussion Groups

Since the insertion in 1972 of harmful language in the United Methodist Book of Disciple, people have been working for justice for LGBTQ people. At the 2016 General Conference (a meeting of UMs from around the world every four years) the bishops of the church were asked to gather selected clergy and laity to discuss a way that we can move forward. The “Commission on a Way Forward” met and have proposed a resolution to be voted on at the Special GC, Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. Other groups within the UM have submitted two additional resolutions. Look for links on the Wesley webpage for the report from the Commission and a side by side comparison published by Reconciling Ministries Network.

What will this mean for Wesley? What does the future hold for the UMC? While these questions are difficult to answer, we can spend time discussing the various resolutions and fixing our resolve to continue to be a church where all means all, as we have been since 1984. We will meet after church so bring a brown bag lunch on January 20th and January 27th.

Follow this link for a matrix of the three resolutions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B__ma3OZRDM3MVdQdjdMQ040NC1zWVV1TmxwSkNpRW1ZSF9J/view?fbclid=IwAR20YJpFlT1WssLZO_kEXyn-MLlTGsO5IUC4qtqdNc2Mv-T-nQ-tVOVv3Zo&mc_cid=7dc6aad961&mc_eid=953089b678

Follow this link for the final report from the Commission on a Way Forward: http://s3.amazonaws.com/Website_Properties/council-of-bishops/news_and_statements/documents/Way_Forward_Report_-_Final_-_ENGLISH.pdf

Wesley Hosted the Inmate Family Council Prison Project Packing Day

Three-thousand gift bags were packed by more than 100 volunteers on Saturday, December 1 at Wesley.  The Inmate Family Council of the Central California Women’s Facility provides inmates with a simple gift each year.  For many, this gift may be the only holiday gift they receive.  Each bag contained greeting cards for the women to use through the year, a pen and a pencil, a notepad, toothpaste and a toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, soap and hand lotion, an emery board, tea and hot chocolate, and a pack of facial tissue.  These items are collected and sorted all year long.  On the packing day, the items are put into one gallon zip lock bags and packed into boxes.  The boxes were picked up on Monday morning to be delivered to the prison in Chowchilla.   A great start to the Christmas season for the many volunteers!