Update on Methodist Conference

A  Special Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church was held February 23-26 to deal with one issue — whether the United Methodist Church will be fully inclusive of LGBTQ persons. A further meeting was originally scheduled for May, 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus. It will be rescheduled once the pandemic has passed.

The information below is from early January, 2020.

Messages from our Bishop on the Methodist Church LGBTQ Discussions

Officials of the United Methodist Church have announced that the United Methodists will probably split into two separate denominations over LGBTQ marriage and ordination. One will be conservative and the other progressive. A final decision will be made in May. We will be linking to news from our Bishop on this issue.

Diverse Leaders’ Group Offers Separation Plan, January 3, 2020
A diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders has offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. … Details are in a nine-page “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,” released Jan. 3 along with an FAQ and press release. [ Read More ]

Bishop Carcaño Statement on UMC Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, January 3, 2020
Early this morning the work of a group of faithful leaders of our United Methodist Church pertaining to the division that we continue to experience over whether LGBTQ+ persons will be fully included in the life and ministry of The UMC was released. While it is not solely the work of the Council of Bishops, it is work that has had the full support and engagement of the Council.  … [ Read More ]