The vote of the General Conference does not represent what we believe about God or the Church. We publicly reject the Traditional Plan and its policies of closed doors and closed hearts. Each of our lives, and each of our churches, have been deeply blessed by the lives and ministries of our LGBTQIA+ friends and we cannot imagine doing life without them. They are our friends, our colleagues, and our children, and we are committed to forming a movement of sacred witness to any policy of exclusion. We pledge that we will work to reverse this policy in order to create a new way forward for a United Methodist Church that is truly inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community without stipulation or reservation. We believe the LGBTQIA+ community is a gift to our churches, and we pledge to continue to allow them to participate in leadership and service as full and celebrated members of the church. No vote can stop us from the way of love.
As United Methodists, our baptismal covenant calls us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression, and so we must. We renounce the oppressive injustice of the Traditional Plan and confess the way our silence has done harm. We are calling all United Methodists including clergy, laity, district superintendents, and Bishops, to resist any and all implementation of the Traditional Plan and work together to create a plan of inclusion as an act of sacred witness to Jesus’ call to love. We cannot turn our back on those God has brought into our lives.
We, the undersigned, are making a pledge to this action of sacred witness in order to right the wrong of the Traditional Plan and commit ourselves to building a future of flourishing and full inclusion for all people. We ask our leaders, Bishop Ward and the NCCUMC Cabinet, to stand with us and publicly pledge their support to this sacred witness and call to action.
On Thursday March 28th we will gather at 7pm for a public action at the Conference Offices to deliver this petition to Bishop Ward and ask her to publicly join this call to action (she will be there to receive these signatures). We hope to have at least 500 people there with news media present. Can you commit to attend this action? Please indicate below and mark your calendar. We will follow up with reminders and further details.
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