A statement on the GC decision from Holston Conference Reconcilers

A statement on the GC decision from Holston Conference Reconcilers

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A Statement from Holston Reconcilers to our beloved community of LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters,
 
As followers of Jesus Christ and as committed and passionate seekers of justice, we firmly and wholly denounce the decision of the recent General Conference concerning the adoption of the Traditional Plan. We continue to process the harm and pain caused by the passage of this plan and are devastated that our beautifully diverse church has chosen to support this mean-spirited piece of legislation. We believe this to be unholy and unjust and we will not stand for the rigid conformities, retaliatory penalties and discriminatory language imposed by this plan.
 
We stand in solidarity with all who are wounded and hurting, and we promise that we will not  sit idly by nor will we fail to lift our voices with a clear and concise message. We are your people, your family and your church and we will ALWAYS be. We engage in sacred resistance, and we will not be forced to choose between faithfulness to the Gospel, faithfulness to the UMC and faithfulness to the LGBTQ community. We understand that the Gospel must be GOOD NEWS for all. We love you, we affirm you, and we celebrate everyone.
 
Our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, we stand with you. No matter what. Your place in our church, in our denomination, your worth as a child of God, is NOT revocable by a vote nor debatable by anyone, nor removable by a denomination.  Again, we will engage in sacred resistance and will continue to advocate for the full inclusion in every aspect in the UMC for all our brothers and sisters.
 
We implore you to hold on to one another during this time.  AND hold fast to the knowledge that God is holding onto YOU.

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