Rev. Farris Responds to UM General Conference:
I have just returned from the Special Called Session of The United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. I am grateful for your expressions of love and concern in these recent days.
I know many of you have seen press accounts regarding the vote to continue a ban on gay clergy and gay marriage. Though tired, and heart-broken that we fell 44 votes short of achieving a change in our official policies, I want to remind you today that our First UMC Church Council unanimously approved the affirmation that “all ministries of the church are open to all God’s children” in 2012. We remain unwavering in this commitment. In this, we are supported by our Western Jurisdiction and all our WJ bishops, active and retired.
What DID change in St.Louis is that it became abundantly clear that our inclusive, welcoming church is exactly what the great majority of United Methodists want the church to be.
The actions of the General Conference are now under review by our Judicial Council, the “Supreme Court” of The UMC. As we await their ruling, WJ delegates are already sketching out options for possible models for a “New UMC.” We don’t yet know how it will be structured, but we will build on the values we cherish of love, justices embracing our diversity, and love for all as beloved children of God.
May God continue to inspire and lead us in a spirit of reconciling love and unquenchable hope. While the season of Lent is about to begin, we live even now as People of the Resurrection!
– Rev. Patricia Farris, Senior Minister (February 27, 2019)
- To read the General Conference response by Tricia Guerrero, Director of Children and Youth Ministry, Click Here.
- To read – Bishop Hagiya: Reflections from the Western Jurisdiction Meetings, and other articles, including the LA Times article, Click Here.
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