For many years reconciling UMCs like ours have fought to change the harmful language in the Book of Discipline of the UMC. We continue the fight for full inclusion of our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ–in ordination, in marriage, and in general principle as beloved children of God.
Right now there is a special commission called The Way Forward that is working to figure how we might proceed forward as a denomination in which we are not all of like mind around issues of LGBTQIA+ justice. As we await the results of this commission and the special General Conference in February of 2019 when decisions are supposed to be made, there are increasing factions within both the conservative and progressive wings of the UMC.
We lament that these factions are causing additional hurt, confusion, and conflict; however, we stand firm in our commitment to full inclusion of ALL God’s beloved children.
Recently a letter has been circulated by a group of UM clergy and laity calling themselves the Uniting Methodist Movement. While there is some confusion about what this “movement” is seeking to do, their stated “solution” would allow for continued exclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons in large portions of the UMC and appears to sacrifice full inclusion/justice on the altar of unity. As SSUMC we stand with the Queer Clergy Caucus and support their poignant response: https://www.umqcc.org/a-response-to-uniting-methodist-movement
As a local church, we can be proud that SSUMC’s very own Rev. Michele Johns is one of the original signatories on this firm yet grace-filled prophetic response. If you want to learn more: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/new-group-to-church-lets-stay-together
If you have questions or concerns, you are invited to discuss them with Rev. Michele or Rev. Angela and you are encouraged to attend our Beyond Reconciling gatherings on the second Sunday of every month starting October 8th at 12:15pm.