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.
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