We represent over 250 campus ministries across the connection, and a countless number of students who are actively engaged in ministry on their campuses.
We witnessed with dismay the actions of the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, as the delegates rejected all plans that would lead to generous shared ministry within our various contexts.
We witnessed as the Special Session of the General Conference voted in favor of the flawed “Traditionalist Plan,” large parts of which cause harm to our LGBTQIA+ siblings, and large parts of which are expected to be deemed unconstitutional by the Judicial Council.
We witness every day how campus ministries, chaplaincies, and ministries with young people have a positive impact on the lives of our LGBTQIA+ students.
We witness the power of coming together around a shared cause, such as advocating for better funding and greater recognition of campus ministries within the connection.
We witness that we are stronger together than we are apart.
We witness that we cannot remain united so long as there are those who would seek to do harm to our LGBTQIA+ friends, family, and students.
We witness that our church is in danger of losing yet another generation of young leaders because we cannot agree to accept all people through the ministries of marriage, ordination, and leadership within the church.
We witness that young people are feeling that they no longer have a place in their spiritual home, and that their calls to ministry are being questioned.
We witness that LGBTQIA+ young people experience depression, suicide, and violence against them at a much higher among than among the rest of the population.
We witness that having a safe, supportive religious community can have a positive effect in lowering the rates of self-harm among LGBTQIA+ young people.
We witness that campus ministries and chaplains are called to serve all people, and that All Means All.
Therefore, we commit ourselves:
To continue to be in ministry with all people, regardless of what the General Conference says. To continue to be the extension of Christ’s love onto our campuses and communities.To continue to affirm the God-given talents and spiritual gifts of all of our students, and especially of our LGBTQIA+ students.To work together to help support the Methodist movement that will emerge from the ashes of General Conference 2019. To continue to advocate for strong campus ministries and chaplaincies. To continue to provide safe spaces for vulnerable students to express the fullness of their true selves, and to know that God loves them.
We have witnessed and will not forget the harm done by this Special Session of General Conference in 2019. We call on all United Methodist campus ministers and chaplains to work toward the election of young people to their annual conference delegations for General Conference 2020.
*Statement created by members of the United Methodist Collegiate Ministry Coordinating Committee
Rev. Benji Sayre, West Ohio, Wesley Foundation University of CincinnatiRev. David Bracht-Wagner, Co-com. webmaster, IA conferenceBrittany Burrows, Campus Minister & Executive Director of the Synergy Wesley Foundation, North Texas ConferenceRev. Tim Kobler, Michigan Area Conference, Wesley Foundation at the University of MichiganRev. Dr. Latricia Scriven, FL Conference, Florida A&M UniversityRev. Julie Dowler, Illinois Great Rivers Conference, The Wesley Foundation at the University of IllinoisRev. Joey Heath-Mason Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, American UniversityRev. Dr. David E. MacDonald, Chaplain, Ohio Northern University, East and West OhioJennifer Gruendler Director of the Wesley Foundation at Penn State, Penn State,University Park Rev. Dwight Welch, Mountain Sky, United Campus ministry at Montana state university Billings Rev. Mara Bailey, Chaplain, Iowa Annual Conference, Simpson CollegeKatie Woodard APSU Wesley TN conference Rev.Timothy C. Drum II, Western North Carolina, Chaplain at Spartanburg Methodist College Rev. Wanjiku Kamuyu- Chaplain. Louisiana Conference. Former Director of campus ministry for Wesley Foundation at Grambling State University Rev JJ Whitney, Chaplain, Hendrix CollegeAnne Hawthorne, Executive Director, Los Ángeles United Methodist Urban Foundation and Kid CityRev. Dr. Kirk B. Oldham, Campus Minister, North Carolina Conference, Raleigh Wesley FoundationRev. Kathleen Day, DSW Conference, Northern Arizona UniversityBrandon Beasley, Campus Minister and Executive Director, UM Campus Ministry of the Rio Grande Valley (University of Texas-RGV & South Texas College) Rio Texas Annual Conference Rev. Joshua McCauleyChaplain Kayla Kelly, Campus Chaplain and Director of The Center for Faith and Service, Missouri Annual Conference, Central Methodist UniversityDavid Glenn-Burns, Director, ThreehouseRev. Trevor Vaughn, Iowa Annual Conference, Director of Student Ministry, Simpson CollegeMallory Moore, Executive Director at The Crossing UW-Madison, WAC and IGRCRev. David K. Miller, Kentucky Conference, Union CollegeProf. Graham Kelder, New England Conf., Suffolk UniversityRev. Dr. Jennie Edwards Bertrand, Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Illinois State University Wesley FoundationRev. Eric Doolittle, College Chaplain, North Central College (Naperville, IL)Dr. Sarah E. Bollinger, Director of Collegiate Ministry Leadership Development, GBHEMRev. Natalie Hill, NEUMC, Wesley Foundation at MITRev. Emily Hart, Baltimore-Washington, Gallaudet UniversityLiza Stoltz Hanson, Director of The Foundation Campus Ministry at the University of Denver, Mountain Sky ConferenceBobby & Janna Lauve, Program leaders UMC campus ministry at Montana StateRe. Dr. Mark Forrester, Assistant General Secretary, GBHEM, Collegiate MinistryHeidi Adams, Campus Minister, Mississippi Conference, MGCCC Perkinston Wesley FoundationRev. Jen Hibben, Wesley Center, Iowa State UniversityRev. Max Blalock, Campus Minister, William and Mary Wesley Foundation, Virginia, The College of William & MaryRev. Mark Schaefer, Baltimore-Washington, University Chaplain, American UniversityRev. Mary Haggard, Peninsula Delaware Conference, Orangeburg Wesley Foundation Rev. Carl Gladstone, Michigan Conference, Motor City WesleyRev. Deborah Lewis, Campus Minister & Director, Wesley Foundation at UVA, Virginia Annual ConferencePastor Jordan Derhammer, Iowa, UNIRev. Jeremy Benton, Campus Minister, Michigan Annual Conference, GreenvilleWesley (Greenville, NC)Rev. Anna Blaedel, Iowa, University of Iowa Wesley CenterRev. Brian Dierolf, North Texas Conference, Wesleyan Campus Ministry @ TAMU-CRev. Dave Allen, Director, Wesley Fellowship at Duke UniversityRev. Donna Hughes, Iowa annual conference. Dickinson College, Carlisle, PAHaley Feuerbacher, Campus Minister and Executive Director, Denton Wesley Foundation, North Texas ConferenceRev. Lauren Rheingans,NIC. Serving in Minnesota AC as Campus Minister: Wesley Foundation U of Minnesota Twin Cities Rev. Laura K McMasters, Tennessee, Martin Methodist CollegeRev. Greg Milinovich, Susquehanna Annual Conference, Penn State Wesley FoundationRev. Kurt Cooper, Great Plains, Emporia State UniversityDeaconess Jeanne Roe Smith, Cal-Pac 580 Cafe/Wesley Foundation Serving UCLAHeather Pancoast, Co-Director, Florida Annual Conference, University of Florida/Santa Fe College- Gator Wesley FoundationChristine Allen Holden, Florida Conference, Florida Gulf Coast University