Reflections on July 18th Meeting

NOT. ONE. Not one person representing moderate or conservative perspectives on the inclusion and exclusion of LGBTQ persons in the UMC chose to attend the meeting in Chicago to which we were all invited today. Here are our reflections after the meeting.

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July 18th Conversation

This coming Friday, July 18th, there will be a meeting in Chicago called by the Connectional Table and the Council of Bishops Executive Meeting. See our letter about it below.July 18 Letter Final-page-001

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An Open Letter: Non-Support of “Local Option”

Please read our most recent Open Letter that was sent to the Council of Bishops as well as the Connectional Table today.

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June 2014 Connectional Table Response

Read our recent letter to the Connectional Table below. CT June 2014-page-001 (1)

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Spirit Speak Video Project

Spirit Speak, a video project out of the Rocky Mountain Conference, Discloses “stories affirm that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer persons should be joyfully embraced as members of the body of Christ and as gifted children of God entitled equally to all of the ministries, ceremonies, and sacraments of the United Methodist Church.” Watch this, Spirit Speak’s first major video production, and share widely.

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Connectional Table Letter – April 2, 2014

“The tone and content of your letter to us signaled a distinct shift away from the spirit-filled riskiness we experienced when we were with you and back toward institutional security. The steps forward that you outlined have been tried repeatedly for the past 40+ years and have proved inadequate.” This was our response to the first letter the Connectional Table sent to Love Prevails in December 2013. We have since exchanged two more letters. Here is the latest letter from the CT to Love Prevails earlier this month. Their response remains fundamentally the same: inadequate and shifting away from spirit-filled riskiness. We look forward to our encounter with the CT in Chicago at the end of the month.


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General Board of Discipleship Letter and Response

We received the following response from the General Board of Discipleship after they received our open letter on March 4th. A response to their letter was sent to the Board of Discipleship on April 6th, 2014. See both letters below. ImageImage

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