Faithful United Methodist Christians who love God and follow Jesus hold differing views concerning same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy.
Despite our differences, we have learned to live together and to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, affirming the same historic creeds, attending the same churches, Sunday school classes and Bible studies, and participating side by side in mission and ministry. We are bound together in a Wesleyan understanding of God’s love and grace.
We, the undersigned clergy and laity, believe that it is possible to be faithful United Methodist Christians and to disagree on how we interpret scripture regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ persons.
We join together, determined to forge a pathway through the current impasse by supporting the following affirmations:
Despite our differences, we are committed to remain a part of, and support, The United Methodist Church and to fulfill its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We are committed to both evangelism and social justice as essential to the expression of vital United Methodism.
We accept and uphold the Doctrinal Standards and Theological Task of The United Methodist Church as stated in our Discipline.
We believe our differences on the questions of same-sex marriage and ordination stem from differences over biblical interpretation, not biblical authority.
We call for disciplinary changes so that clergy are neither compelled to officiate at same-sex weddings, nor prohibited from doing so.
Olu Brown has worked with his staff at Impact Church in Atlanta to host our fall gathering. The Atlanta event at Impact Church is an opportunity for all who are committed to Uniting Methodists to come and help shape plans for engaging and inviting participation in their ministry locations and across the connection. Please put the dates on your calendar and share them with folks who are interested.
As Lead Pastor of Floris UMC for the last 20 years in a diverse suburb of Washington, D.C., I care deeply about the vitality and unity of The United Methodist Church. I am a husband, father of four daughters, pastor, and writer. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of mission partnerships in Sierra Leone, Cuba, Haiti, the U.S. and our local community and believe in the value of our connectional church.
Native of Lufkin, Texas, Farrah’s husband, Daya and Langston’s dad, founder/lead pastor of Impact Church launched January 2007. Impact Church has two locations in East Point, GA. I am committed to sharing the love of Christ with the world.
Rev. Lewis is an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church and the founding pastor of the New Life Community UMC, where she served from 1997 to 2009 in Jacksonville, Fla. She served as the associate general secretary in the New Church Starts Division and as the executive director of Path1. Now she is serving as the District Superintendent of the Gulf Central District of the Florida Conference.
Retired after 43 years in local churches in Florida. Celebrating our 48th year of marriage with two married daughters and five amazing grandchildren in Florida and South Carolina. Believing that the Holy Spirit is still able to surprise us with new visions for the future.
I was born in East Texas and am a graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and received my D. Min. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. I’ve served churches in the Texas Conference, including seven years as an associate pastor at First UMC, Houston. For the past twenty years I have served as the Senior Pastor at Lovers Lane UMC, Dallas. I identify myself as a Wesleyan Evangelical and am strongly committed to loving people into relationship with Jesus Christ. The ministry of Lovers Lane—rich in recovery, inclusion, and outreach ministry—has deepened my passion for justice and others-oriented ministry.
I am the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University and an Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. I am passionate about the intersections of theology, gender, interfaith discourse, and social justice. I’m a lover of music and life who prioritizes Sabbath-keeping, self-care, and radical joy.
Follower, friend, father, husband, avid University of Washington Husky fan (Go Dawgs), lead pastor of @bothellumc and serves in the Pacific Northwest as lead pastor of a multisite congregation.
Christ follower, LaVon’s husband, Danielle and Becca’s Dad, Stella’s Papa, Church of the Resurrection’s founding pastor, writer and committed to the future of the UMC.
Beth is a believer dreaming of a world where grace is the message shared near and far. She is an advocate for the marginalized believing that growing servant hearts through discipleship can transform the world. She works with local congregations to discern and re-imagine God’s call for them today and into the future. She is a blessed wife, mother, daughter, grandma.
Senior Pastor @HydeParkUMC, Tampa. Dad of 2 great girls. Filipino born in FL. Author/Gen-Xer/Nerd. Spiral Dynamics & Enneagram. Staying Hopeful!
Strives to join UM's following Jesus, living by grace & doing justice. Eager to learn, drawing from 48 years of UMC service, 21 as publisher. Animated by forgiving spouse, friends who tell the truth and the miracle of grandkids.
In 2014, Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli became the first woman to serve as Senior Pastor of Foundry. Her ministry has encouraged spiritual growth and engaged discipleship—emphasizing radical hospitality, shared ministry, spiritual practices, and solidarity with the poor and oppressed. Ginger contributed to and served on the editorial board for The CEB Women’s Bible (published October 2016). A life-long United Methodist, Ginger regularly presents as a featured theologian, teacher, and speaker at regional, national, and international connectional events.
A three-time General Conference delegate, became Northern Illinois Conference's Treasurer (for 17 years) after serving as missionary in Philadelphia and Hungary. He is probably the oldest member attending a successful new church start in Chicago. BA: University of Virginia. MBA: University of Chicago.
Pastor emeritus and global church ambassador for Ginghamsburg Church, served for nearly four decades as the lead pastor and chief dreamer of Ginghamsburg and the spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations. Mike is also the founder and chief strategist of Passionate Churches, LLC, which specializes in developing pastors, church staff and church lay leaders through coaching, training, consulting and facilitation services. Mike’s life-long passion to reach the lost and set the oppressed free has now made him a tireless and leading advocate for the children, women and men of Darfur, Sudan, once named by the U.N. as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Mike’s call to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted challenges Jesus followers to wrestle with God and their God-destinies.
TN farm girl, wife, mother, first career in corporate world, best career Memphis & TN Conferences Dir. of Missional Alignment, life-long Methodist, passionate about offering new options for the future of the UMC.
President and CEO of the United Methodist Publishing House. Rev. Milford is an Elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and was previously a District Superintendent and Dean of the Appointive Cabinet. He was a delegate to the last three General Conferences (the top governing body of the UMC). Milford served churches as the senior or lead pastor and participated and/or chaired numerous jurisdictional and annual conference groups and task forces. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Divinity School at Duke University and his B.A./B.S. in Business Administration and Sociology from Iowa State University.
I am a second-career pastor serving for the last 9 years as an ordained elder in Houston. I currently pastor Mercy Street, a church within a church. Our messy community includes folks from "Penn State" and the "State Pen," PTA and SLAA, those filing IPO's or check-ins with their PO. The Wesleyan worldview of grace, mission to the margins and practical ministry are what drew me into pastoral service.
Perhaps best known for having served as White House Press Secretary for Bill Clinton's administration. He is a Washington-based communications consultant and is associated with the firm Public Strategies Washington, Inc. He is also active within the administration of the United Methodist Church, serving as a lay delegate to the Church General Conference and on various denominational boards. He currently co-chairs the Commission on Presidential Debates. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he was educated at Princeton University and Georgetown University. McCurry is married, with three children.
Raised a Methodist in Southern California in which I learned about leadership in the church as an usher and President of United Methodist Men, and, as the youth pastor. The church began to decline as I went through college and I went to seminary at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, with the arrogant and ignorant idea I would somehow return and fix that church. I met another seminarian, Drema, who became the lead pastor of a large church. We now have 4 children and 4 grandchildren and have been members of the Virginia Annual Conference for 30 years. Along the way, I became a Wesleyan, sensed by call was to seminary education where I have served for 35 years with the same goal: to fix the church. I am now in my 15th year as President of Wesley.
Field Outreach Minister in the Iowa Annual Conference: a collaborative partnership with the District Superintendent to coach pastors and congregations toward contextual vitality. Raised an Iowa farm kid, passionate about rural congregations, the Wesleyan understanding of grace, and the opportunities and strength of the connection. Ordained Elder and completing year 9 of full-time ministry in Iowa.
Daily striving to be a disciple, seventh generation Methodist, North Carolinian born and raised. Husband to Mary-Ellen, dad to Elizabeth and Ellen, Pop to JP. Local church pastor for all but two of the past 37 years. Currently Lead Pastor at First UMC of Cary.
I am Pastor of Myers Park UMC in Charlotte, N.C., and teach preaching as an adjunct at a couple of nearby seminaries. I’ve written books and blogged regularly about Bible, theology, ministry, and a unified vision for our denomination.
Rev. Rachel Baughman is the senior pastor to Oak Lawn United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. She is passionate about discipleship, social justice and hospitality for those on the margins. A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and Drew Theological Seminary, Rachel was on the editorial team for the CEB Women’s Study Bible with Abingdon Press and has contributed to a long list of curricula for Sparkhouse press. Rachel passionately pours her heart into a new non-profit called Safe Spaces Lebanon where she works to provide for the education and psychosocial needs of refugee children who are fleeing from the war in Syria. Her husband, Rev. Mike Baughman, is also a United Methodist minister in the Dallas area and founding pastor of Union Coffee. Together they are raising their four children, Griffin 16, Bekah 15, Sylvia 11, and Thomas 8.
I am Lead Pastor at Grace Community, a United Methodist congregation in Shreveport, La. A native of Puerto Rico, I’m a husband, father, and spiritual director who loves writing about discipleship as empowerment to transform our neighborhoods, cities, and world.
I grew up in the Western NC Conference and the South Eastern Jurisdiction. I also grew up knowing a diversity of people through being an itinerate preachers kid. I attended Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from Duke Divinity this past May with an M.Div. I currently work as a family minister in Raleigh at Soapstone UMC with an enthusiasm for missional discipleship.
George is a fifth generation Methodist responding to Gods call as a lay servant leader. Relationships and partnerships from Columbus, Ohio to Kamina, DR Congo to Ho Chi Mien City, Vietnam and beyond have shaped my life and ministry. Through listening to the margins in different contexts around the world, I have grown in my understanding and teaching of what it means to be a faithful disciple. Living and serving on four continents over the past 45 years where I worked in communities, the local church, West Ohio Annual Conference, 4 General Conferences, and most recently Global Ministries has shown me the power of being a church connected in mission and ministry.
I am a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary and am an elder in the West Ohio Conference appointed as the Senior Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church serving the Toledo metro area. I have served as Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, as a delegate to 2016 General Conference, and am currently chairing the conference’s Transformative Discipleship Team (Council on Ministries).
Alice is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, is the former Lay Leader for the East Central District of the FLUMC, member of the FLUMC Bishop’s Strategic Leadership Team, former Associate Lay Leader for the FLUMC, GBHEM Board Member, Delegate to GC 2016 and member of the Commission on the Way Forward. Her professional career with The Walt Disney Company included various operations leadership experiences and, after 30 years with them, she took early retirement in 2015 to start Williams Consulting of Florida LLC, providing faith-based and not-for-profit organizations with HR and Organization Design expertise.