We want to invite you -- whether you are clergy, a lay member of the annual conference or a member of an East Ohio church -- to sign on to the resolution before it comes before the annual conference for a vote. Your signature can show just how many people feel unrepresented by the passage of the traditional plan. Furthermore, having a large number of signatures will help to build momentum toward building a United Methodist Church that truly makes room for all.
Whereas: Enormous cultural and theological gaps remain in our global church,
Whereas: The Council of Bishops, The Commission on a Way Forward, and the 2019 General Conference were unable to find a satisfactory resolution to the impasse in The United Methodist Church around LGBTQ+ clergy and same-gender weddings in our churches,
Whereas: The Traditional Plan passed at the 2019 General Conference serves as a rejection of compromise and a turning away from a theologically diverse denomination.
Whereas: A majority of United States delegates to General Conference 2019 voted in favor of plans that maintained church unity and theological diversity,
Whereas: Only structural realignment will allow all Annual Conferences and Local Churches to effectively Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World in their context.
Therefore Be It Resolved: That East Ohio Annual Conference 2020 General Conference delegation is encouraged to work in favor of a structural realignment of the United Methodist Church that creates an expression of Wesleyan Methodism that allows both traditional and progressive understandings of LGBTQ+ Clergy and same-gender weddings to co-exist within the Church.
Be It Further Resolved: That the East Ohio Annual Conference notify the Council of Bishops that the stipulations of the Traditional Plan represent neither the spirit nor the practice of mutual love and shared mission of our Annual Conference.
Implemented By: Secretary of the Annual Conference, 2020 General Conference Delegation
Submitted By: Rev. Dan Bryant, Rev. Karen Oehl, Tim Beck, Rev. Andrew Call, Rev. Joe Burkhardt, Rev. Kimberly Arbaugh and The Young Clergy Network.
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