General Conference was a crucifixion of The United Methodist Church as we knew it, and as such, it has been painful and has caused harm. It released anger, fear, and confusion and put on full display divisions that have been with us for years. It called into question our ways of being the Church, shining a light on the structures and rules that restrict us from being the beloved community Christ invites us to.
This is not really news, though. Not to those who experience the alienation of oppression; our siblings of color, our LGBTQIA+ siblings, our immigrant siblings, our siblings who work paycheck to paycheck, and our siblings overlooked because of a disability; all these and more have been telling us for years that our system is broken, that the governing structures we have adopted have simply replicated those that perpetuate the world’s injustices. And yet here we are, gathered together for holy conferencing, where Robert’s Rules of Order dictate our governing rather than the deeply relational and compassionate example of Jesus. Friends, we know that this system has not been serving us well. We knew this before General Conference in February. It is time to find new models for conferencing and decision making that lead us toward embodying the beloved community, the body of Christ.
Instead of living in the past, we believe that we are called to step boldly into the future. The challenges of our ministry context in the Pacific Northwest, where religiosity is no safe assumption, have helped us to understand that vital ministry requires us to cross over from unconscious bias to joyful inclusion; from assumptions about others to relational conversations with them.
This is not a time to be codifying our biases into church law. It is the time for each of us to take a hard look at the biases we carry with us daily; to learn to see them for what they are and to begin the hard work of unlearning them. It is the time for us to look at our Church and see how these biases are embedded in all we do.
Therefore, we will not and cannot change who we are as the Pacific Northwest Conference in the way General Conference demands us to change. It is in conflict with everything we are learning from the mission field that God has placed us in. In its attempt to recast The United Methodist Church in a restrictive and punitive mold, General Conference showed us just how much we MUST change to broaden our stance and actions around inclusion. We MUST change to be the unconditionally loving, joyfully inclusive, church of Jesus in the world.
Thus, in this liminal space before Easter morning comes for The United Methodist Church, we sit with our broken systems and tired ways of doing business together. In the hope and promise of the resurrection, we submit the following resolutions to the Body (to be reworded slightly as legislation):
• We, the lay and clergy members of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, RECEIVE, publicly AFFIRM, and COMMIT to live into the statements of the PNW Board of Ordained Ministry, the Western Jurisdiction’s Leadership Team, and Mission Cabinet, as we seek to become a truly inclusive Church.-- We IMPLORE the PNW Board of Ordained Ministry, the Appointive Cabinet, and our Episcopal leadership to stand boldly in the values named in these statements, resisting discriminatory restrictions and punitive measures in conflict with them, even for those restrictions and punishments now found constitutional by the Judicial Council.
• We CALL the Western Jurisdiction Leadership to continue dialogue with our United Methodist siblings across the connection for as long as our conference values of inclusion can be maintained.-- In this work we RESOLVE that the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference will listen to and further the work of gatherings like UMForward and come alongside those most impacted by our oppressive systems, as we consider new ways forward for the church.
• We COMMISSION an inclusive group to boldly plan for the future, including the exploration of possible futures outside the current denomination., drawing on expertise as needed from outside our area and denomination, with equal representation of lay and clergy.-- And further, we request that the Director of Connectional Ministries convene this inclusive group for an initial meeting by October 1st, 2019.
• We RESOLVE that no conference resources or monies (either directly through payments or indirectly through the time of employees of the conference or its members) shall be expended for the purpose of investigations, complaints, just resolutions, or trials pertaining to LGBTQIA+ ordination and marriage.
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