On January 3, 2020, a statement was released by a diverse team who had been working toward a proposal to resolve the differences between traditional, centrist, and progressive advocates in The United Methodist Church, with regard to how to include LGBTQ persons in its ministry.  The proposal, called the Protocol, is receiving widespread support.  If adopted by General Conference, it would result in a separation between the traditionalist churches into a new Methodist denomination.Read More →

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 onRead More →

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-doRead More →

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. Read More →