In our diverse mission fields where we seek to make disciples and transform the world, we hear the pain caused by the actions of the General Conference. We feel the despair of those who have lost hope and share the grief of those who felt they have lost their church, in a real sense their family.
While we celebrate the rich history, ministry, and diversity of our United Methodist tradition and hope for a day when all can be together, we cannot abide further discrimination and harm to be done to our LGBTQIA+ families and friends. Discrimination anywhere breaks the Body of Christ.
Therefore:1. We celebrate that all are beloved children of God, persons of sacred worth and we celebrate the gifts that all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, bring to the life of the church and beyond.2. We affirm our love of Wesleyan, Biblical understanding, theology, and spirituality; and believe that a United Methodist way of Christ’s grace and love still has something to offer to a hurting and divided world yearning for peace.3. We will not abide by the restrictions placed on LGBTQIA+ people, their families and friends in the Book of Discipline. We will provide pastoral care and leadership to all God’s people and will not discriminate between those who share our convictions or oppose them. We take our authority as clergy to perform marriages per our consciences for our congregants and communities, whosoever they are.4. We challenge the Districts and Conference Boards of Ministry, and the Bishop and Cabinet to honor the call and gifts without prejudice of those coming for ordination and appointment who are LGBTQIA+.
We believe the 2019 General Conference marked a profound change in The United Methodist Church as we have known it. We cannot undo the harm done, and yet we have hope. The Spirit is breaking forth in new ways and cannot be contained by legislative structures and conference proceedings.
We are Resurrection people. Together we are ready to chart a new way forward for the people called United Methodists in West Ohio and throughout the connection in which we can stand with integrity and full inclusion.
If the Spirit is leading you to these same convictions, we invite you to add your name to this letter by filling out the form below and clicking on “Submit.”
In the grace and peace of Christ,
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