As some of you know, the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church was completed today. Three main plans were proposed to seek ways to move forward as a denomination. The plan the Council of Bishops chose, “The One Church Plan,” did not pass. This plan would have allowed United Methodist clergy to perform same-gender weddings and allow annual conferences to ordain LGBTQ pastors. The plan that prevailed was the Traditionalist Plan. This plan maintains global teaching on human sexuality that declares “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” While there are some details that remain uncertain at this time, this is the plan that was passed.
While we are saddened by the outcome of the conference, and our hearts go out to members and allies of the LGBTQ community, we remain committed to the good works of our denomination and our local church. As we have been stating, LOVELY LANE WILL REMAIN LOVELY LANE. The mission and vision statement printed on the back of our bulletin and on our website will continue to guide us in the everyday work of the church. We will continue to be a church that “welcomes, accepts and affirms all persons without regard to gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical ability, marital status, economic condition or anything else that may exclude them from our love and God’s Grace.”
Additionally, we recognize the conversation about inclusivity will continue among United Methodists. The final word about the issues addressed has not yet been spoken. God is still speaking . . . and another General Conference is coming up in 2020!
Finally, we want to invite each of you to a time of conversation and dialogue on Thursday night about the General Conference decisions. We will plan to gather in Fellowship Hall on Thursday at 6:30 pm. We will also make ourselves available to visit after the final worship service on Sunday.
We continue to be in prayer and trust in the goodness and love of God and our Savior, Jesus Christ!
Peace and Blessings, Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny