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An Open Letter to our United Methodist Connection
from Reconciling United Methodists Texas Conference (RUMTX)
The Council of Bishops has made public their recommendation of the One Church Plan as the way forward for the United Methodist Church as it relates to the inclusion of LGBTQ people. The Council shared the following in their May 4th press release.
“The One Church Plan allows for contextualization of language about human sexuality in support of the mission; and allows for central conferences, especially those in Africa, to retain their disciplinary authority to adapt the Book of Discipline and continue to include traditional language and values while fulfilling the vision of a global and multicultural church.
We think the One Church Plan is the best option offered by the Commission on a Way Forward. We are grateful for the work of our bishops and believe they made a wise decision. While we support the removal of the restrictive language (the incompatibility statement and prohibitions of marriage and ordination equality), we regret the impulse to add new language that allows for continued inequality, separation, and discrimination under the umbrella of contextualization. We regret this for two reasons: 1. It continues harm; and 2. It’s unnecessary.
When the UMC desegregated, we did not maintain language that allowed for the continuation of racism. When the UMC voted to ordain women, we did not include language that allowed for the continuation of sexism. Doing so would have been unjustifiable and harmful, as would adding this new language around human sexuality.
Even without added assurances for theological convictions, the options for Central Conferences, clergy, Boards of Ordained Ministry (BOOM), and Annual Conference clergy sessions remain the same. Central Conferences can already and will “retain their disciplinary authority to adapt the Book of Discipline.” Clergy throughout the connection can already decline to officiate weddings, for a variety of reasons. BOOM and clergy sessions can already vote to discontinue or defer a candidate for ordained ministry, for a variety of reasons. These are current policies that will remain under the One Church Plan. The additional language is not needed.
Reconciling United Methodists Texas Conference is committed to the equality and full inclusion of all people, without exception. We value the rich cultural and ministry experience of our global church and we do not wish to split. We may not all agree on all things at all times but are reminded of Jesus’ summary of the law and the prophets to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. Inspired by this, we commit to serving with one another faithfully even in our disagreement.
We know that change is both challenging and life-giving. We recognize that our global connection is ready for some, but not all the change we seek. We believe that the majority and a growing number of faithful United Methodists in the Texas Annual Conference are ready to welcome and love our LGBTQ members, neighbors, and friends.
We are called to do no harm, to do all the good we can, and to love God. As Wesleyans, we know that sanctification is a process; it’s true of our individual lives and it’s true of our work together in our beloved UMC. We remain willing to work out sanctification together.
In 2016 the global church asked our Council of Bishops to lead. We have prayed for, supported, and will continue to respect the process.
We choose to reject fear and prioritize love. We will remain engaged in relationship building and advocacy. We seek to follow the Holy Spirit and move forward in hope! We invite you to join us!
To engage with RUMTX contact board chair, Rev. Diane McGehee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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