General Conference – A Way Forward
General Conference will be held February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. Keep track of Conference proceedings:
Check out a special website devoted to the 2019 General Conference (Live feed available)
Delegate Handbook, Volume 1 (from the Daily Christian Advocate)
On Wednesday, February 27, 2019 we will have a post General Conference Prayer service downtown at 6:30pm.
On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 11:00am, we will gather to hear news of the conference from our clergy and join in worship together. (Please note the time is 11:00am.)
A note from our senior pastor, Rev. Nancy S. Lynn
The United Methodist denomination will have a special General Conference in St. Louis February 23-26, 2019 to specifically address questions regarding the LGBTQ community and the church. General Conference is the policy-making body of our denomination. We have been at an impasse regarding policies related to the full inclusion of LGBTQ individuals because Methodists have such polarized ideas about homosexuality, gay marriage, and gay ordination.
Because of this impasse, the Council of Bishops created a Commission to review the situation and come up with proposals for how the denomination might move forward on this topic. The Commission on A Way Forward Commission has submitted three proposals for the 2019 General Conference to discuss and vote on as we attempt to move beyond our differences.
Whatever decision is made at the General Conference, it will have a lasting impact on our denomination. Possible outcomes include splitting the denomination or giving more control over to individual churches and conferences. Each United Methodist Church, including ours, will have decisions to make once the General Conference is over.
In October of 2018, we held three learning sessions to help everyone understand what is going on. In November of 2018, Bishop David Alan Bard visited us to discuss and answer questions as part of his effort to have conversations across the state with concerned Methodists.
As a congregation who has intentionally welcomed the LGBTQ community since 2007, this is a very important time for us to be well-informed about the legislative process and articulate about our beliefs.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Nancy S. Lynn
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