Petition: Disavowal of the Traditional Plan
The below petition has been submitted for consideration at the 2019 session of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Please sign and share to show your support!
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Whereas our Wesleyan heritage encourages interpretation of Scripture through the lens of our tradition, experience, and reason, as illustrated by our inclusive position on the ordination of women;

Whereas homosexuality and LGBTQ+ persons are scarcely mentioned in Scripture, with no reference to their status as a singular moral or spiritual affront;

Whereas the Traditional Plan approved at the 2019 General Conference disregards our Wesleyan approach of careful biblical interpretation using our sources of tradition, experience, and reason in favor of a literalist approach;

Whereas much of the content of the Traditional Plan had already been ruled in violation of the Constitution of the United Methodist Church prior to its approval by the 2019 General Conference, causing widespread confusion concerning the implications of its adoption;

Whereas the Traditional Plan singles out the UMC's position on LGBTQ+ persons for uniquely strict and punitive implementation while disregarding other inconsistencies in application of the policies in the Book of Discipline;

Whereas the first of John Wesley’s General Rules entails “doing no harm,” and harm has been and continues to be caused to UMC members and non-members due to the denomination’s discriminatory policies regarding LGBTQ+ persons;

Whereas the passage of the Traditional Plan has caused significant harm to persons within and outside of the UMC, causing many to question their membership and welcome in this body;


Be it therefore resolved that the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church denounces the passage of the Traditional Plan at the 2019 General Conference, and apologizes for the harm it has caused to LGBTQ+ persons, their families and friends, and the Church as a whole. We affirm all persons as individuals of sacred worth, and reject any form of discrimination that prevents any person from full participation in the life of the Church.

Signatories
Andrew T. Smith | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Joseph Tate | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Lynn S. Coatney | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Malcolm McLetchie | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Travis L. Parr | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Margaret "Peggy" A. Parr | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Alex Sloan | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Lisa J. Frost | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Jay C. Hogewood | Clergy | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Rosalie R. Young | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Frederick A. Young, III | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Shaun Darnall | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Susan McLetchie | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Mari Walker | Laity | St. Johns; Baton Rouge
Sharon L. Janssen | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
James Comeaux | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Robert P. Connolly | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Lisa D. Settles | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Callie Winn Crawford | Clergy | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Annette L. Gray | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Jane Ross | Laity | N/A
Marty L. Fulmer-Ducote | Laity | St. Andrew's; Baton Rouge
Larry D. Norman | Clergy | St. Johns; Baton Rouge
Elizabeth G. Ducote | Laity | St. Andrew's; Baton Rouge
Amy W. Espinoza | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Judith A. DeFraites | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Ali K. Young | Clergy | University; Baton Rouge
Ellen Blue | Clergy | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Jane M. Wiltshire | Laity | St. Marks; New Orleans
Brian A. Waits | Laity | Algiers; New Orleans
Sarah Waits | Laity | Algiers; New Orleans
John M. Winn, Jr. | Clergy | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Donice Alverson | Laity | Parker; New Orleans
Laura Schlauderaff | Laity | N/A
Edith L. DeVilbisd | Clergy | Other
Angela Davis | Laity | First Grace; New Orleans
Bob Mann | Laity | First; Baton Rouge
Timothy Davis | Laity | First Grace; New Orleans
Elizabeth Shephard | Laity | First Grace; New Orleans
Mike Robertshaw | Laity | First Grace; New Orleans
Patricia McKay Clotiaux | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Kim McKay Smoak | Laity | First; Alexandria
Alfred Bakewell | Clergy | St. Charles; Destrehan
Carolyn Mayes | Laity | First Grace; New Orleans
Kevin Horne | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Margaret F. Washington | Laity | First Grace; New Orleans
Charlotte S. Clifford | Laity | Aldersgate; Slidell
Ronald C. Bailey | Laity | First Grace; New Orleans
Paula K. Eagan | Laity | First Grace; New Orleans
Robert F. Mangham | Laity | First; Coushatta
Steve W. Caraway | Clergy | North Highlands; Shreveport
Carole Cotton Winn | Clergy | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Constance Y. Skillingstad | Laity | Montpelier; Montpelier
Joseph Kowalewski | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Sarah Duet | Laity | Noel Memorial; Shreveport
Emma Burke | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Susan S. Porciau | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Betsy B. Eaves | Clergy | St. Luke's; Shreveport
Vicki D. Frick | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Nelson D. Williams | Candidate | University; Baton Rouge
Shawn Moses Anglim | Clergy | First Grace; New Orleans
Rachel H. McConnell-Switzer | Clergy
Catherine Gaston | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Elizabeth Mitchell Wallace | Laity | Ingleside; Baton Rouge
Sharla Myers | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Christie Rawle | Laity | Asbury; Bossier City
Kirk Reedstrom | Laity | Noel Memorial; Shreveport
William King | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Shannon Hanken | Laity | Aldersgate; Slidell
Patrick Bowden | Laity | Carrollton; New Orleans
Cindy H. Hall | Laity | University; Baton Rouge
Nancy Walker | Laity | Aldersgate; Slidell
Colleen Bookter | Clergy
David N. Bingham | Laity | St. Luke's; Shreveport
Bernadette M. St. Amand | Candidate | University; Baton Rouge
Susie H. Thomas | Clergy | Pearl River; Pearl River
Sarah E. Schultz | Laity | Pearl River; Pearl River
William R. Gallaher | Laity | Pearl River; Pearl River
AnnaKate Rawles | Clergy
Caleb Porter | Laity | First; Hammond
Cory L. Sparks | Clergy | St. Marks; New Orleans
Steve Soileau | Laity | Grace Community; Shreveport
Edward A. Shanklin | Laity | St. Marks; New Orleans
Matt Johnson | Laity | St. Marks; New Orleans
Peter W. Bollinger | Laity | Grace Community; Shreveport
Monty B. Peffley | Laity | Aldersgate; Slidell
Frank W. McStravick | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Marissa Sue Teauseau | Clergy | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Marilyn Hebert | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Kristin Fisher | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Karen Davis Rewerts | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Katherine M. Manuel | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Matt A. Smith | Laity | First; Baton Rouge
Timothy E. Lawson | Clergy | First; Covington
Beverly Lawson | Laity | First; Covington
Todd A. Hebert | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Desha Rhodes | Laity | St. Marks; New Orleans
Lenzy Fisher | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Britney Lee | Laity | Noel Memorial; Shreveport
H. Mark Adams | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Mary Elizabeth Pollard Adams | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Ann C. Middleton | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Beth Ackerman | Laity | Grace Community; Shreveport
Carol Kennan | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Natalie A. Marionneaux | Laity | First; Baton Rouge
Ashley Johns | Laity | University; Lake Charles
Annelise Clifton | Laity | The Well; Hammond
Lori C. Soule | Laity | First; Houma
Rex Holland Soule | Laity | First; Houma
Connie Terry | Laity | Aldersgate; Slidell
Liese Weber Hammontree | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Laurie A. Phillips | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Carolyn S. Thompson | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Toni V. Dickerson | Laity | St. Matthew's; Metairie
Garrett Ganucheau | Laity | Jefferson; Baton Rouge
Laura Wolf | Laity | First; Baton Rouge
Frances Lucas | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Larry D. Norman | Clergy | St. Johns; Baton Rouge
Irvin J. Boudreaux | Clergy | St. Lukes; New Orleans
Erin Hartman | Laity | First; Lake Charles
Robin Roberts | Laity | St. Marks; New Orleans
Leslie Wade | Laity | St. Marks; New Orleans
Chantilly Reddmann | Laity | Jefferson; Baton Rouge
Angie P. Comeaux | Laity | Asbury; Baton Rouge
Sandy White | Laity | Asbury; Baton Rouge
Diana K. Lennon | Laity | Asbury; Baton Rouge
Ashley Terrell | Laity | Asbury; Baton Rouge
Kalena D. Hanke | Laity | Noel Memorial; Shreveport
Kathryn S. Terrell | Laity | Asbury; Baton Rouge
Britney L. Cecconi | Laity | Asbury; Baton Rouge
Lisa D. Settles | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Terry K. Brazell | Laity | Asbury; Baton Rouge
Darby Breaux | Laity | Asbury; Baton Rouge
Rachel McCaleb Watts | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Marijo Roberts Booth | Laity | Asbury; Baton
Robyn A. Dorch | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Patricia L. Stricklin | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Brandy Deheide | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Richard W. Hammontree, Jr. | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Gerald D. Denton | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Sarah L. Pfeiffer | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
H. Richard Hemmings | Laity | First; Shreveport
Joan Bickers Dearing | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Lisa Voorhies Blackburn | Laity | Asbury; Lafayette
Unique Lee | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Nancy Eddy Hopkins | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Linda Mae Stout | Laity | St. Johns; Baton Rouge
Julia Puac-Romero | Laity | First; Natchitoches
Ezekiel B. Martin | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Rob A. Stewart | Laity | Asbury; Lafayette
Colleen Dougherty Edwards | Laity | First; Lafayette
Jared K. Frank | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Sarah Lanneau | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Kelli Creech | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Marie Palmer WIlliams | Laity | St. Johns; Baton Rouge
Terrance A. Pattison | Laity | St. Marks; New Orleans
Julianne S. Pattison | Laity | St. Marks; New Orleans
Kelsey L. D. San Martin | Laity | St. Johns; Baton Rouge
Anne M. Dickerson | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Alison Rone | Laity | LSU Wesley Foundation; Baton Rouge
Mindy Ford | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Todd Ford | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Paul Michael Bauman | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Thomas Logan | Clergy
Caroline A. Parris | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Andee Reed | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Taylor G. Creech | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Barrett William Creech | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Darlene E. Saucier | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Taylor Saucier | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Lea M. Stewart | Laity | Asbury; Lafayette
Abigail Gaudet | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Michael D. Coatney | Laity | Rayne Memorial; New Orleans
Jamie Christine Rone | Laity | St. Timothy on the Northshore; Mandeville
Shirley M. Watts | Laity | 1Love; Kenner
Linda M. Miller | Laity | Broadmoor; Baton Rouge
Mary E. Moore | Laity | Asbury; Lafayette
Scott K. Durbin | Laity | Asbury; Lafayette
Gretchen Durbin | Laity | Asbury; Lafayette
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