Recently a special session of the General Conference passed the Traditional Plan. this means our current statements about homosexuality, same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ persons have not fundamentally changed. The 2016 Book of Discipline statements are available here: Homosexuality: Full Book of Discipline statements.
We wish to be clear about the position of the United Methodist Church, while acknowledging that we are a church, and a congregation, divided on this issue. We believe this is going to continue to be debated within the UMC, and agree with the following statement of Bishop Bill McAlilly:
I want to say to our LGBTQ members and friends, you are beloved children of God. Many of you were baptized as infants in our churches, nurtured in Sunday school, and participated in our Youth Ministry. You were confirmed in our Churches. You are living out the tenets of your faith—in new and transformative ways that have never existed. You have given your life to Christ and His Church. Communities in the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences celebrate the gifts God has given you. I am looking for the churches who will be sanctuary for our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. We are the Church—and it is up us to demonstrate our love for God and our love for those God loves.
We believe God’s grace is available for all, and we welcome all believers into our fellowship. We are actively seeking ways that we can become a true sanctuary for those who have been hurt by the world or even the church itself, and ask for grace as we try to find our own way forward as a congregation.
To learn more about the recent vote, visit the following link:
or watch our district’s LiveStream discussion:
For more information, please reach out to Pastor Tom Pierce.