Statement from Clergy and Laity of Eastern Penn Conference regarding the outcome of GC2019
The vote at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference Special Session held in St. Louis caused great harm and spiritual violence to the LGBTQIA+ community. We, the undersigned lay and clergy of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference grieve this hurt and with other United Methodist across the connection lament this harm done. We reject the outcome of that Special Session vote and pledge to continue to affirm the lives, ministries, and families of our LGBTQIA+ siblings.
We pledge to continue to resist against all forms of evil, oppression and systemic discrimination in whatever forms they present themselves as declared in our baptismal covenant and to continue to educate, raise awareness of intersectional oppression as they manifest themselves among the communities we serve and to continue to love and serve all people in the name of Jesus the Christ.

We, clergy and laity of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference believe…

Love is love
All persons are of sacred worth
Black Lives Matter
Climate Change is real
Water is life and connected to all living things.
No human being is illegal
All genders identities are whole, holy, and in the image of God
Women's rights are human rights
All abilities are expressions of the Divine
Colonialism is white supremacy in action
Racism in all its forms is incompatible with the teachings of Jesus
To devalue one person is to devalue all people

We affirm the truth as written by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
We , the Clergy and Laity of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference agree with John Wesley that “though we do not all think alike may we all strive to love alike” striving “to do no harm, and do all the good we can.”

We are working towards God’s justice.
We will only get there if we work towards it together.

*The main section of this statement was provided by the NYAC delegation and is used with their permission.

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