On Sunday, November 17 we provided to NOUMC an informational update on the United Methodist Church’s ongoing conflict over the official position of the denomination regarding God’s welcome of, and how the church will be in ministry with, LGBTQ persons. For those who were not able to attend here is a short set of slides that were used to facilitate the conversation.
During the conversation, two videos from the Church of the Resurrection 2019 Leadership Institute were shown. If you are interested in viewing them, they can be found at www.sharechurch.org. This will require you to set up a free account, but please note that here are many resources from the Institute that are worthy of your attention. The two videos we shared during the information session were those from the Nollen and Lampe families.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the plans scheduled for legislative action at the 2020 General Conference, the Open Spirit Task Force (an Exploratory Body of the New England Conference) has compiled an excellent summary, which you can find here.
Also, during the session we referenced several organizations that are advocating for various positions ahead of the 2020 General Conference. If you are interested in learning more about any of them, you can do so at the following sites:
- ReconcilingMinistries Network
- Mainstream UMC
- MethodistFoundation for Social Action
- Wesleyan Covenant Association
- Good News
Thanks to all who attended the session and who helped make it a success. Please reach out to Andy Walsh or Pastor Hoyte if you would like to discuss this topic further.