by Pastor Patrick Davis, MHUMC
On February 26, 2019, the General Conference Special Session delegates of the United Methodist Church from our global denomination voted 53% in favor of following The Traditional Plan for ALL United Methodist Churches. This Special Session was exceptionally painful for those of us who know the United Methodist Church in Morgan Hill, CA as an inclusive, reconciling and spiritually progressive faith community.
The Traditional Plan is a very restrictive, punitive, discriminatory and exclusive plan involving forced compliance against the full inclusion of LGBTQAI people in the United Methodist Church. The Traditional Plan is a punitive plan with consequences levied on any United Methodist Church and its pastors who officiate a same-sex marriage, and against any United Methodist Church that allows same-sex marriages to be celebrated within their Sanctuaries.
I will be sharing more information as time goes on regarding our response here in the Western Jurisdiction toward this Traditional Plan.
All of this seems very counter-cultural to what is being held normative in light of today, March 1, 2019, as I write this article, that today is the United Nations Zero Discrimination Day and the World Day of Prayer for Christians. Let us continue to pray as our Lord did “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).
In mid-March, the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction will meet. We want to be clear that the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction believes in one church for all. Mission and ministry is too important. This is where we stand, we are not moving, we are not leaving, and we are not changing.
Find out more
|A Home For All: Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church offers a video statement by our Bishops, plus helpful “Frequently Asked Asked Questions” (FAQs) and other resources.|
|Message from Rev. Donna Pritchard, chair of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team on behalf of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership. See the video here.|
Video: JJ Warren offered this impassioned plea for the full inclusion of LGBTQIA persons within The United Methodist Church. He is requesting that the Traditional Plan be reviewed by the Judicial Council for its constitutionality before being voted on. After a day filled with close votes, the room erupted in response to this moment of light.
|CA/NV Conference Bishop Minerva Carcano has scheduled a series of post-General Conference visits at 11 locations throughout our conference region. With the help of conference leaders, she will work to outline what unfolded in St. Louis and what those actions mean, followed by discussion with opportunity for questions. These visits will also be times of prayer and seeking God’s way forward for our ministry in the California-Nevada Conference. Each of these visits is open to all our clergy and lay members from all the United Methodist churches of our conference.
The first session was held March 3, 2019, at Los Altos United Methodist Church. The next meeting in the south Bay Area will be April 28, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., at Korean UMC of Santa Clara Valley, 1001 Ginger Lane, San Jose. Get more info here.
|Overview and latest news: Get news from UMC.org about the next steps and reflections from General Conference.|