A Pastoral Response on the Special Session of the General Conference: 2019 특별총회에 대한 목회서신
We, as clergy and lay members of the United Methodist Church who share Korean heritages, are deeply grieved and heartbroken by the legislation passed at the Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis. We are guided by the Spirit to present our pastoral response to stand with LGBTQIA+ communities in God’s unconditional and unlimited love.    

We deplore how the United Methodist Church has hurt our fellow LGBTQIA+ families for decades and how the recent adoption of the Traditional Plan has even further deepened the wound. We believe that the body of Jesus Christ reflects God’s love for all of us, and that we should welcome all people as they are. We are fully committed to opening our church homes to all God’s children.

Those of us who sign below believe that the punitive and exclusive nature of the Traditional Plan is dangerous and divisive, as it does not leave any room for people with different perspectives to be one church. We are committed to the Wesleyan tradition of practicing God’s grace and sharing Jesus’ all-inclusive love. We are deeply concerned that the legislation passed at the special session is dehumanizing and harmful to LGBTQIA+ communities. We recognize that there are theological differences and diverse interpretations of the Bible within the United Methodist Church, including Korean clergy and communities. We always are open to dialogue with those who have different voices, and pray that we can become one church together celebrating and respecting our diversity.

We trust in the transformative power of God’s Spirit. We are called to stand in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities and will collaborate as pastors and justice-seekers to make our families, congregations, communities, and conferences a safe and welcoming home for all. With passion and compassion, we support and seek the full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons in the Body of Christ including the same gender weddings in our sanctuaries and the ordination of LGBTQIA+ persons in the United Methodist Church. 


연합 감리교에서 한국 언어와 전통을 공유하는 목회자와 평신도인 우리들은 세인트루이스에서 있었던 특별 총회의 결과에 대해 깊은 비통함과 유감을 표합니다. 이번 총회에서 전통주의 플랜이 채택됨으로 인해 성소수자(LGBTQIA+) 공동체들이 상처받고 슬퍼하는 모습을 바라보며 개탄을 금할 길이 없습니다. 우리는 그리스도의 몸 된 교회가 모든 사람에게 그리스도의 사랑을 나타내며, 모든 사람들을 있는 모습 그대로 품어야 한다고 확신합니다. 이러한 믿음으로, 우리는 교회와 공동체에서 어떠한 차별없이 그리스도의 사랑과 평안을 얻을 수 있도록 문을 공고히 여는 일에 헌신하고자 합니다. 그러므로, 우리는 한인뿐만 아니라 모든 성소수자(LGBTQIA+) 공동체와 하나님의 무한하고 무조건적인 사랑으로 연대하기 위해서 이 목회서신을 보냅니다. 

아래에 서명한 목회자와 평신도 일동은 배타적이며 처벌 위주의 전통주의 플랜이 위험하고, 분열을 야기할 수 있으며, 예수의 사랑에 반대된다고 생각합니다. 우리는 하나님의 은혜를 온전히 따르는 감리교의 전통을 따르기에, 이번 총회에서 성소수자(LGBTQIA+) 공동체를 정죄하고 배척하는 법안이 통과된 것에 큰 우려를 표명합니다. 우리는 한인 공동체 안에서 다른 신학적 이해가 있고 다양한 성서 해석 방법이 존재함을 충분히 인식하고 있습니다. 그래서 신학적 입장이 다른 분들과의 대화의 장을 언제나 열어 두고자 합니다.

우리는 하나님의 영이 변화시키는 힘이 있음을 믿습니다. 우리는 사랑과 정의를 실천하는 목회자로서 성소수자(LGBTQIA+) 공동체를 계속해서 지지하며 연대할 것입니다. 앞으로도 우리의 가족들과 회중들과 공동체들과 연회들이 모두에게 안전한 장소가 되도록 한마음으로 협력해 나가기를 간절히 소망합니다. 우리는 우리의 예배당에서 성소수자(LGBTQIA+) 들이 결혼할 수 있고, 우리 교단에서 성소수자(LGBTQIA+)들이 안수를 받게 되고, 그리스도 몸인 교회 공동체에서 성소수자(LGBTQIA+) 들이 동등하고 온전한 권리를 누릴 수 있도록 모든 힘을 다할 것입니다. 

Rev. Myungji Cho (조명지, Retired Elder, West Ohio)
Rev. Chan Ik Choi (최찬익, Provisional Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Dr. Hannah Hwa-Young Chong (정화영, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Eunbae Doh (도은배, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Heesung Hwang (황희성, Deacon, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Hyewon Sophia Hyon (현혜원, Provisional Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Sejoon Jang (장세준, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Juyeon Jeon (전주연, Provisional Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Ouk-Yean Kim Jueng (김옥연, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Jin Hee Kang (강진희, Elder, Northern Illinois)

Rev. GaHyung Kim (김가형, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Dr. Jin Yang Kim (김진양, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. So Young Kim (김소영, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Heewon Kim (김희원, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Esther Lee (이 에스터, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Hong-kien Jeremiah Lee (이홍건, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Martin Lee (이종민, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Paul HyernCherl Lee (이현철, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Rosa Yeonshin Lee (이연신, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Kwang Sung Lim (임광성, Elder, Northern Illinois)

Rev. Hyosun Oh (오효선, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Kyungsu Park (박경수, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Sam SangMyung Park (박상명, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Young Ok Park (박영옥, Retired Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. KyungHae Anna Shin (신경혜, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Kay Keongah Woo (우경아, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Thomas Yang (양토마스, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Mi-sook Yoo (유미숙, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Young Seog Oh (오영석, Elder, Central Conference of Korean Methodist Church)
Won Woo Lee (이원우, Lay, Baltimore-Washington)

Meg Park (박정은, Lay, Northern Illinois)
Rev. We (Hyun) Chang, (장위현, Elder, New England)
Rev. Sandra J. Bonnette-Kim (김자경, Elder, New England)
Rev. Dr. Hyuk Seonwoo (선우 혁, Elder, New England)
Rev. Young-Mee Park (박영미, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Dr. Sunny Ahn (안선욱, Elder, Cal-Pac)
Rev. Sunyoung Lee (이선영, Elder, Cal-Pac)
Rev. Won Un (은원형, Elder, Virginia)
Rev. Sungmu Lee (이숭무, Elder, New York)
Rev. In-Sook Hwang (황인숙, Retired Elder, Illinois Great Rivers)

Rev. Dr. Bong-Choul Hwang (황봉철, Retired Elder, Illinois Great Rivers)
Rev. Jerry Cho (조정래, Elder, Wisconsin)
Rev. HeyYoung Horton (남혜영, Elder, Greater New Jersey)
Rev. Dr. Hyesung Hong Lee (홍혜성, Elder, California Nevada)
Rev. John Juno Song (Elder, California Nevada)
Rev. Jung Pyo Hong (홍정표, Elder, Virginia)
Rev. Hyemin Na (나혜민, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Daniel Cho (조승현, Elder, Indiana)
Rev. Paul Cho (조형, Elder, Desert Southwest)
Rev. Dr. Yoo-Yun Cho-Chang (조유연, Elder, New England)

Rev. Earl Kim (김얼, Elder, Greater New Jersey)
Rev. Dr. Gloria Kymn (Elder, Pacific Northwest)
Rev. Anna Cho (조안나, Provisional Elder, Oregon-Idaho)
Rev. Dylan Hyun (Provisional Elder, Oregon-Idaho)
Rev. Dr. Jeong Park (Elder, Cal-Nev)
Pastor Seokchane Suh (서석찬, Local Pastor, Virginia)
Shannon Lee (임정원, Lay, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Dr. Sun-Joong Kim (김선중, Elder, Wisconsin)
Rev. CH. DooSoo Lee (이두수, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Hyoungdock Yoo (유형덕, Elder, New York)

Grace Cho (조은하, Lay, Baltimore Washington)
Rev. Dr. Jung Sun Oh (오정선, Elder, New England)
Rev. Yunki Kim (김윤기, Provisional Elder, New England)
Rev. Elaine Cho ( Elder, Cal-Pac)
Rev. John Yoon (윤요한, Elder, Cal-Pac)
Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee (이보영, Elder, Cal-Nevada)
Rev. Eunsang Lee (이은상, Elder, Mountain Sky)
Rev. Yvonne Lee (고영자, Retired Elder, Mountain Sky)
Rev. Hyeunmee Kang (강현미 , Local Pastor, Iowa)
Christine Franklin (Lay)

Rev. TaeWon Kang (강태원, Elder, Virginia)
Rev. Dr. Woojae Im (임우재, Minnesota)
Brenda McCasky (Lay, Northern Illinois)
Chi Hyon Son (손지현, Lay, Virginia)
Hwan Yi (이환섭, Lay, Virginia)
Rev. Grace Han (한선길, Elder, Virginia)
Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh (조원희, Lay, Northern Illinois)
Dr. Wonjong Joo (주원종, Lay, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon (전희천, Elder, Iowa)
Vicky Nguyen (임수정, Lay, N/A)

Andy Kim (Lay, Cal-Nevada)
Rev. Dan Kim (Elder, Virginia)
Rev. Dr. Soomee Kim (Elder, Cal-Pac)
Rev. Joseph D Kim (김대일, Provisional Elder, Pacific Northwest)
Elizabeth Quashie (김명경, Lay, North Carolina)
Rev. Dr. Bob Jon (전성복, Elder, New England)
Rev. Dr. Yanghee Christine Stopka (김양희, Elder, New York)
Rev. Wongee Joh (Elder, New York)
Jane freeman (Lay, New York)
Rev. JongIn Lee (이종인, Provisional Elder, Great New Jersey)

Rev.Maggie Proshek (문가희, Provisional Deacon, North Texas)
Dr. Samantha Joo (주문희, Lay, Colorado)
Rev. Hyunjin Cho (Elder, Great Plains)
Rev. Hyun Hui Kim (김현희, Provisional Elder, Greater New Jersey )
Rev. Dr. Dong Hyeon Jeong (정동현, Elder, Southwest Annual Philippine Conference)
Rev. Taesung Kang (강태성, Local Pastor, New England)
Rev. Seongmoon Ahn (안성문, Elder, New England)
Rev. Sungjae Lee (Local Pastor, New England)
Professor Kwang Min Chun (전광민, Lay, N/A)
Rev. Dr. TaeHun Yoon (윤태헌, Retired Elder, Holston)

Rev. Dr. Hannah Ka (가한나, Provisional Elder, Cal-Pac)
Rev. JW Park (박종우, Elder, Baltimore Washington)
Rev. Paul Hahm (Elder, Michigan)
Shirley Kang (조성연, Lay, Virginia)
Rev. Dr. SungJa Lee Moon (문성자, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Hailey Hyejin Kim (김혜진, Lay, Virginia)
Rev. Dr. Sooil Chai (채수일, Local Pastor)
Caroline Lee (Lay, Cal-Nevada)
Ben Kim (Lay, New York)
Dr. James Shoffner (Lay, Northern Illinois)


Suji Han (한수지, Lay, New England)
Rev. Eun Young Ko (고은영, Elder, Northern Illinois)
Jeannie Lee (이지현, Lay, New York)
Rev. Samuel Yun (윤삼영, Elder, Cal-Nevada)
Rev. Charles Ryu (류영철, Elder, New York)
Dahee Will (윌다희, Lay, Northern Illinois)
Minji Will (윌민지, Lay, Northern Illinois)
David Cline (Lay, Baltimore-Washington)
Rev. Joseph Yoo (Elder, Texas)
Rev. Dr. Grace Pak (박신애, Elder, Great New Jersey)

Aeri Lee (이애리, Lay, Cal-Nevada)
Rev. Jung Min Kim (김정민, Local Pastor, Cal-Pac)
Rev. Suhee Kim (Elder, New York)
YoungKwang Jun (전영광, Lay, Greater New Jersey)
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Cho (Elder, Greater New Jersey)
Rev. GyuHyun Kim (김규현, Elder, Cal-Nevada)
Rev. Moonyoung Lee (이문영, Elder, Cal-Pac)
Chang yong Shin (신창용, Lay, Greater New Jersey)
Rev. Nami Yu (유나미, Provisional Elder, New England)
Myungso Lee (이명소, Lay, New England)

Sunjae Lee (이순재, Lay, New England)
Rev. Hyunwoong Hwang (황현웅, Local Pastor, New England)
Rev. Joseph Jueng (정요셉, Local Pastor, Greater New Jersey)
YoungHak Lee (이영학, Lay, Greater New Jersey)
Dooyong Kang (강두용, Lay, Northern Illinois)
MiRhang Baek (백미랑, Lay, Virginia)
Jessica Lee (이지애, Lay, Northern Illinois)
Minyoung Han (한민영, Lay, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Hyejung Hwang (황혜정, Provisional Elder, Wisconsin)
Dr. Kang Hyun Lee (이강현, Lay, N/A)

Jeongwon Hyon (현정원, Lay, Northern Illinois)
Rev. George Woosnam (Retired Elder, Northern Illinois)
Rev. Bumshik Min (민범식, Local Pastor, New England)
Rev. Yohan Go (고요한, Local Pastor, New England)
Rev. Jinwoo Chun (전진우, Elder, New England)
Dr. Miok Lee Fowler (이미옥, Lay, Mountain Sky)
Rev. MyungSun Han (한명선, Elder, Greater New Jersey)
Rev. Sungrae Kim (김성래, Provisional Elder, Cal-Nevada)
Rev. Rene Yon Pak (박종연, Greater New Jersey)

Rev. Dr. Jisun Kwak (곽지선, Greater New Jersey)
Rev. Miso Park (박미소, Provisional Elder, Greater New Jersey)
Rev. Jisun Yang (양지선, Local Pastor, Greater New Jersey)
Alex Lee (이영웅, Lay, North Carolina)
Rev. Eunkyong Kim (김은경, Local Pastor, Greater NewJersey)
Rev. John Han (한장탁, Elder, Central Texas)
Rev. Hwapyoung Kang (강화평, Local Pastor, Cal-Nev)

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