My Walk with Jesus and His LGBTQ Followers

by Bishop Elaine Stanovsky

Let me take you back to 1971, when I was a 17-year-old high school senior at Bellevue High School (go Wolverines!). It was two years after the Stonewall Uprising which protested a police raid at a gay bar in Greenwich Village and marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement in America. But I didn’t know anything about that. It was a year before the General Conference of The United Methodist Church would adopt language stating that it considers the “practice of homosexuality incompatible with Christian teaching.” I would attend that conference as a young adult observer. But that’s a story for another time.

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Meet Us In St. Louis

by Rev. Austin L. Adkinson

Now that I am back home from the For Everyone Born convocation of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) in St. Louis, my eyes are set on returning to St. Louis in February for the 2019 special session of General Conference (GC2019), where the United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus’ (UMQCC) Simple Plan legislation has the power to influence the elimination or reduction of discriminatory policies against LGBTQIA+ people. In additions to its own merits, the Simple Plan sets the tone for debate around the Council of Bishops’ recommended One Church Plan. The Simple Plan lays bare the misrepresentation of the One Church Plan as a progressive plan.

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Wespath study reveals Traditionalist Plan cruelly targets Clergy Pensions

By Rev. Jeremy Smith

One of the major plans for General Conference 2019 (and arguably one of the top two) is the Traditionalist Plan, which strengthens language against LGBTQ inclusion and continues The United Methodist Church on the same course it has been on. But there’s a disturbing novelty in the legislation that bears scrutiny because of the incredible impact it will have if passed…

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LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR COALITION Responds to Methodist High Court Decision

United Methodist Church (UMC) leaders of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, comprised of thirteen organizations, spoke out after the UMC Judicial Council ruled on three plans in the final Report of the Commission on a Way Forward. After almost 50 years of dissention over marriage and ordination for LGBTQ+ people, the Commission was mandated by the UMC Council of Bishops to develop a plan to keep the church together. The Commission met for over two years to develop and review options to present to a specially called General Conference, February 23-26, 2019…

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LYNC Statement For Commission on the Way Forward

The United Methodist Church is in the midst of a once-in-a-generation opportunity. A life-threatening harm has been named within the body and brought to light. How we respond will define our future. There are responses that will promote healing, restore relationships, restore our ubuntu, and lead to this struggle being remembered as a restorative struggle. And there are other responses that will amplify the pain. It is time to banish this period of legislated discrimination to the dustbins of our history. Therefore, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition calls upon the Commission on a Way Forward and the Council of Bishops to develop a plan that maintains the UM connection and removes all forms of language that discriminates against LGBTQ+ persons from the Book of Discipline…

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A Korean Mom's Changed Heart

Who would have known? I went to Tampa, Florida in 2012 as a first-time General Conference clergy delegate with one mindset on the issue of human sexuality... and came back home with another. 

Prior to the General Conference, I heard stories of the LGBTQI people - a DS with wife and children who killed himself because he couldn’t live with the conflict between his sexual identity and the church’s expectation, teenagers who couldn’t take it any more in a society where they were ostracized, shunned, and attacked and who killed themselves, and more. I thought, “If it leads to a life and death situation, it is serious.”

There came an eye-opening moment at the General Conference...

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Si se puede!

“Love Your Neighbor is not an option. It’s a commandment. Not to love is a sin. Christ is calling us to be neighbors to immigrants.” The Rev. Rosanna Panizo, academic dean of the Methodist Seminary in Peru, made these comments during her statement yesterday at the Immigration Vigil, which was held to emphasize the importance of immigration to the United Methodist Church as its leaders gather to vote on related legislation. 14 United Methodist Bishops were present at the rally, along with more than a hundred demonstrators...

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Meeting of the Marginalized

Most of my life I’ve felt like an outsider. But over the years, I have noticed that most of the true advancement in science, medicine and culture were made by those who perceive themselves to be outsiders and outcasts. The margins can be a very creative place. All of us who feel marginalized and invisible in the United Methodist Church can understand each other and empathize with joy, pain, frustration, passion and calling to serve as a disciple of Christ with integrity.

The  term “Methodist” was originally used to mock John Wesley who was considered to be a spiritual outsider. This guy was riding a horse back and forth across the country believing he can build a faith community based on scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. What a wacky idea! At some point in time, John was able to embrace the term “Methodist” that was intended to mock him. It became the name of his movement. The huge growth of our church in the early days can be attributed to the meeting of many who saw themselves as marginalized by the religious establishment of the day...

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