General Conference Sessions

January 22, 29 and February 5, 12
7 - 8:30 p.m. in Celebration Hall
Sign up by
emailing Pastor Jana
Childcare available

As preparation for the upcoming called General Conference of the United Methodist Church in late February, these sessions will provide information about United Methodism in general and issues related to human sexuality, as well as lead conversations for participants to share their own questions. Please know that this will not become a forum for debate. Rather, it is imperative to listen and consider. There are many opinions and experiences surrounding these issues, and we will honor and respect each other – even when we hear a perspective that is very different from our own. Materials will be provided for participants, and there will be a book available for purchase this Sunday for $10/each, titled Living Faithfully.  

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A Note from Pastor Jeff

Dear Friends, 

I hope your holiday season was truly one of hope, peace, joy, and love and that 2019 is off to a great start. I write today to let you know about an important upcoming event in United Methodism and a related study that I will be leading beginning January 22.  

A called General Conference will be held February 23-26 in St. Louis. General Conference is the legislative body of worldwide United Methodism and typically meets every four years. This session, however, has been called solely to address the issue of human sexuality and the church’s official stance on same gender weddings and ordination of persons that identify as homosexual.  

This is not a new topic of conversation for United Methodists. Legislation has been proposed for many years to change the standards for clergy toward full inclusion of homosexual individuals. The upcoming called General Conference was set in motion in 2016 with the formation of the Commission on a Way Forward that has presented its report to the Council of Bishops. The intent is that something will be decided for the denomination that will bring some sense of closure to the issue.  Much more information is available at The United Methodist Church’s website, and more specifically regarding A Way Forward

Because our church is a United Methodist congregation served by United Methodist clergy, we need to begin having conversations about the issues at hand as well as implications of potential actions taken at the February conference. Whatever the decision, we want to be prayerfully intentional about how we live into the future.  

Beginning Tuesday, January 22, I will lead sessions for four weeks that will provide information about United Methodism in general and issues related to human sexuality, as well as lead conversations for participants to share their own questions. We will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Celebration Hall.  Please know that this will not become a forum for debate. Rather, it is imperative to listen and consider. There are many opinions and experiences surrounding these issues and we will honor and respect each other – even when we hear a perspective that is very different from our own.  

Materials will be provided for participants and there will be a book available for purchase beginning this Sunday for $10/each, titled Living Faithfully.  You can sign up by emailing Pastor Jana, or at the tables outside Celebration Hall and The Bridge on Sunday mornings. Please sign up for the study by January 20 so we can adequately plan for the number of people attending, and indicate your need for child care at that time. 

I hope you will join me in prayerful discernment so that we will continue to develop into “a joyful community that strives to live and love like Jesus.”

Blessings,
Pastor Jeff