A UMC.org feature by Joe Iovino. On February 23, elected United Methodist delegates along with our bishops will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, for a called special session of General Conference. The goal of the meeting is to find a way forward through our disagreements about same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ clergy. You and I may feel far removed from what is happening in St. Louis, but there are ways we can follow what’s happening and support those doing the work. Please see the full article at www.umc.org, with five things we as individuals can do: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/general-conference-is-happening.-what-can-i-do
To our church community: Last week, UMNews hosted a very informative panel discussion on “A Way Forward.” There are 4 plans to be presented at the February General Conference, Feb 23-26, regarding how the United Methodist Church will be in relationship to the LGBTQAI community. The 4 plans are: The Traditional Plan, The Connectional Conference Plan, The Simple Plan and The One Church Plan. The video of the panel discussion, “Perspectives on a Way Forward,” is well worth taking the time to view as the United Methodist News Service has done an excellent job in bringing together a panel of authors for each of these plans.