- We remember UTS as a place that embraced diversity of experiences and perspectives, which shaped our view of God’s grace as wide enough to embrace all of God’s people. - We remember it as a place that encouraged inclusivity, seeing God’s beauty and creativity in the ways we have each been created to love. - We remember it as a place that taught us to live in the tension of our theological differences. - We remember leaders of UTS who spoke to the broader the spectrum of convictions, to the greater cloud of witnesses. Therefore, in anticipation of the special General Conference in 2019:
- We believe our differences with one another are not liabilities, but resources for God’s creative transformation, enabling us to share the gospel in new ways, to new people, in new places. - We believe the Holy Spirit is at work, and has not given up on the possibilities of unity amid our diversity, justice for the marginalized, redemption for the world, and restoration of love in our broken relationships. - We support the holy task the United Methodist Church has entrusted the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops, and the One Church Plan which has been recommended. - We remain committed to the mission of the church, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, that in our pursuit of holiness and justice for all God’s people, we might together be perfected in the love of Jesus Christ.
We join with current and former students at UTS in remaining committed to God’s best future for the church and the world. We invite all who agree with this statement to join us. Respectfully submitted,
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