Central United Methodist Church
Monday, September 25, 2017
Endicott, New York

 

Reconciling Congregations - Supporting the Way Forward

 

 

In May 2016, our United Methodist General Conference met to discern any possible changes to our polity, as found in the Book of Discipline. There was much proposed legislation concerning the language concerning homosexuality--both from those who wish it removed from the Discipline, and from those who wish it to remain as is or be even stronger.

 

It was clear that this General Conference would be no different than previous events; there was going to be much fighting, intense politicking, and much hurtful language used. GC Delegates finally approved a plea to the Bishops to lead the church in providing a (non-legislative) “Way Forward.” The Bishops took up the challenge, proposing to establish a Commission to develop that way forward and present it to GC, perhaps in a special called session within the next two years. The Commission is made up of persons nominated by each Bishop, and consists of clergy, Bishops, and laity. There are high hopes for its work and its potential for keeping the UMC from schism.

  

Central’s Reconciling Task Force is organizing a letter writing campaign on November 13, 2016 during Cafe Central to send letters to the Bishops of the Northeast Jurisdiction conveying our feelings on the work of the Commission, and our support and prayers for its work. Form letters will be available, to which we would ask you to include your sentiments about inclusion and welcoming in our United Methodist Church.