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Petitioning Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church and 66 others

Halt all punishments related to LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church

We demand that the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (UMC) immediately halt all legislative harm towards LGBTQ people and their allies as it moves expeditiously on the work of the special commission on “human sexuality.” This includes barring qualified candidates for the ministry and active LGBTQ clergy, prohibiting same-sex marriages within UMC sanctuaries and forbidding UMC clergy from officiating same-sex weddings. 

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Council of Bishops (COB) in The United Methodist Church (UMC) responded to the urgent need for United Methodists to find a way forward after 44 years of discriminating against LGBTQ persons and punishing allies for being in ministry to all.

Recognizing that LGBTQ people and their allies are unwilling to abide by rules of the church that contradict God’s love and justice, the General Conference of The UMC voted to support the COB’s recommendation for a special commission to address all aspects of the Book of Discipline related to LGBTQ persons and provide a way forward for the whole church in our various theological positions.

The Bishops’ report also included a commitment to “explore options to help the church live in grace with one another – including ways to avoid further complaints, trials and harm while we uphold the Discipline.”

Punishment of LGBTQ persons and allies is at the heart of the growing divide in The United Methodist Church. Immediately stopping all such actions is the only way to ensure the work of the special commission has credibility and can work towards a solution or set of solutions that will finally mend The UMC.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church
  • Bishop Sandra L. Steiner Ball
  • Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton
  • Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
  • Bishop Peggy A. Johnson
  • Bishop Marcus Matthews
  • Bishop Jane Allen Middleton
  • Bishop Jeremiah J. Park
  • Bishop John R. Schol
  • Bishop Mark J. Webb
  • Bishop Michael Coyner
  • Bishop Sally Dyck
  • Bishop John L. Hopkins
  • Bishop Hee-Soo Jung
  • Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton
  • Bishop Bruce R. Ough
  • Bishop Gregory V. Palmer
  • Bishop Julius C. Trimble
  • Bishop Kenneth H. Carter
  • Bishop Young Jin Cho
  • Bishop Lindsey Davis
  • Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster
  • Bishop L. Jonathan Holston
  • Bishop James R King Jr
  • Bishop Paul L. Leeland
  • Bishop William T. McAlilly
  • Bishop James E. Swanson Sr.
  • Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor
  • Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
  • Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
  • Bishop B. Michael Watson
  • Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe
  • Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
  • Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr.
  • Bishop Janice Riggle Huie
  • Bishop Scott J. Jones
  • Bishop J. Michael Lowry
  • Bishop Michael McKee
  • Bishop Gary E. Mueller
  • Bishop Robert C. Schnase
  • Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr
  • Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
  • Bishop Grant Hagiya
  • Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata
  • Bishop Beverly J. Shamana
  • Bishop Elaine J. W. Stanovsky
  • Bishop Christian Alsted
  • Bishop Heinrich Bolleter
  • Bishop Eduard Khegay
  • Bishop Patrick Streiff
  • Bishop Rosemarie Wenner
  • Bishop Benjamin Boni
  • Bishop Gaspar João Domingos
  • Bishop John Innis
  • Bishop Kainda Katembo
  • Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala
  • Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa
  • Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo
  • Bishop Jose Quipungo
  • Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda
  • Bishop Daniel A. Wandabula
  • Bishop John K. Yambasu
  • Bishop David Kekumba Yemba
  • Bishop John Wesley Yohanna
  • Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco
  • Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan
  • Bishop Peter Torio


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