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, bring a brown bag lunch, on January 20th, January 27th, and February 3rd.
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