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An Open Book Process

As followers of the One who promised, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32), we eagerly seek the truth.

We are deeply concerned that any possible irregular or unethical actions in delegate elections, preparations, credentialing, or voting at the 2019 Special Session of General Conference could undermine the integrity of its work or hinder the witness of The United Methodist Church (UMC).

Recent credible reports of possible voting violations provide an opportunity for the UMC to demonstrate commitment to an open book approach with full confidence that the truth sets us free for faithful ministry.

We are mindful that the Commission on General Conference has authorized a task force of its members “to address matters related to credentialing, voting and other systemic issues of the 2019 special session.” With all due respect for the Commission’s work, given the serious nature of accusations related to voting at the highly polarized St. Louis session, the circumstances require an independent investigation.

We urge the Commission on General Conference in consultation with the Council of Bishops to name and authorize an independent team of persons with appropriate investigatory, legal, and related professional expertise.

We urge all delegates to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference to join in calling for the investigation and to promptly report any concerns about actions prior to or during the General Conference to the independent team once named.

The independent team should issue their report to the Commission on General Conference and the Council of Bishops no later than November 2019 along with any recommended changes in rules and processes.

We invite every member of The United Methodist Church to join us in praying that the Holy Spirit will fulfill Jesus’ promise that the Spirit of truth lead us into all truth (John 16:13) for the sake of our witness to the One who is the way, truth, and life.

Uniting Methodists is a movement of Christ-centered, hope-filled United Methodists, uniting in Christ to make disciples for the transformation of the world. We challenge in love that which divides, and we offer to all people God’s saving grace that transforms the world.

Our movement bears witness to the holistic way of Jesus, offers a voice that clarifies and unifies our church, urges holiness as the rule for our relationships, calls for cooperation with Christ-like love and honest, humble conversation, and desire spiritual and structural unity in the church.

An outpouring of support since General Conference:

Living and Dreaming Together

by Bishop Bruce R. Ough. This post was originally a letter sent to the Minnesota Annual Conference. Grace and peace to you in name of the risen Christ! I echo the words of the apostle Paul as I greet you: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers...

An Open Book Process

As followers of the One who promised, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32), we eagerly seek the truth. We are deeply concerned that any possible irregular or unethical actions in delegate elections, preparations, credentialing, or...

Statement from Michigan Clergy

Bishop David Bard, We, the undersigned Deacons, Elders, and Local Pastors of the Michigan Conference, are called in this moment in the life of The United Methodist Church to offer you this open pastoral letter. You have shared publicly that you find it difficult...

Ordinary People with an Extraordinary God

by Pastor Gary Weaver and Pastor Anna Layman Knox, Camp Hill United Methodist Church, Camp Hill, PA Dear Siblings in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Earlier this week the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist...

Pastoral Statement to Anniston FUMC

by Rev. Dale Clem, North Alabama Conference It’s hard for me to put into words what I’m feeling about General Conference. First, I hope I can respond rather than react.  Reacting is emotional, spontaneous, and allows venting without first processing.  We have all...

Continuing to Regard Each Other Equally

by Rev. John P. Feagins and Rev. Raquel C. Feagins Beloved in Christ, Over the past few days, several members of our La Trinidad community have been attending the 2019 Called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Around 850 delegates gathered from across the...

The Living, Breathing Body of Christ

by Britt Skarda senior pastor of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas Dear PHUMC Family, As I write this message to you from General Conference in St Louis, I know that many of you are disappointed and saddened by the decisions that have been...

Holy Resistance

by The German Executive Committee The Special Session of the General Conference adopted at its meeting in St. Louis the Traditional Plan. This upholds the current stance of the Book of Discipline on homosexuality; moreover, it demands consistent application with...

Andinkra and the One Church Model

by Rev. Mike Baughman There is a West African symbol called the Andinkra. It’s a Siamese crocodile with two heads and two tails. It looks an awful lot like a cross. The story goes that the two heads of this one organism are prone to snapping at one another. Because...

Easter

by Rev. Don Underwood, Senior Pastor at Christ UMC in Plano, TX Easter comes late this year. April 21 to be exact. But it is not too late to be thinking about the resurrection. Additionally, it is part of our great worship tradition that every Sunday is a mini-Easter...

A Statement on the UMC Special General Conference

by David McAllister-Wilson, President of Wesley Theological Seminary As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.Joshua 24:15 I have returned from the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis on the Mississippi River. It may seem from news...

Dean Jan Love Offers Thoughts on General Conference

by Dean Jan Love, in an email to the Candler School of Theology community Dear members of the Candler community: I write to you from the St. Louis Special Session of the General Conference with a very heavy heart. I apologize in advance that this is a long message....

I Speak Against the Traditional Plan

by Jeremy Troxler, General Conference Delegate, Spruce Pine UMC I rise to speak against what is referred to as the "Traditional" Plan, not because it is traditional, but because it is NOT. This plan's approach is contrary to the generous, grace-filled spirit and...

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi’s Call to Prayer

by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi Grace and peace to you. I greet you in the name and with the love of Jesus Christ. In preparation for the 2019 Special Called Session of the General Conference, the Commission on a Way Forward worked with great integrity and faith. As an...

Reflections from Bishop Sally Dyck

by Bishop Sally Dyck Dear Friends and Members of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference: The long-awaited Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo., has finished its work. The three days were very painful for people...

Bishop Farr’s Words for the Missouri Annual Conference

by Bishop Robert D. Farr Dear Friends, I want to apologize for the hurt on all sides of this special session of General Conference. As a Bishop of the Church, I am concerned for all of our clergy and laity, regardless of their opinions. We knew the special session...

Uniting Methodists Videos & Stories

Why Olu Brown Supports the One Church Plan

Inclusion is one of the tenets on which Impact Church was founded and is one of the reasons it has grown so rapidly. In this video, watch and listen to Olu Brown, Founder and Lead Pastor, share his perspective on why the One Church Plan is the right choice for continuing the Connection around the world and for carrying out the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Uniting Methodists‎‏ في الاثنين، ١٧ ديسمبر ٢٠١٨
The Deepening of My Theology

We encourage you to watch and listen to this heart-felt message from Rev. Dr. Brian Law, Lead Pastor of Christ UMC in Kettering, Ohio. He shares how his personal theology has been deepened by the diversity of his community of faith.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Uniting Methodists‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ٢٠ نوفمبر ٢٠١٨
Room for All

We believe there is room for all in The United Methodist Church.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Uniting Methodists‎‏ في الخميس، ٨ نوفمبر ٢٠١٨
Alexis Johnson on Making Room for All

Listen to this important message from Alexis Johnson about why she is passionate about making room for all. Alexis is the Lead Pastor at Broadway UMC in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Uniting Methodists‎‏ في الجمعة، ١٩ أكتوبر ٢٠١٨
Interpreting the Scriptures (Part 1)

View Rev. Adam Hamilton's recent address from a session at Church of the Resurrection’s Leadership Institute. In this first of a three-part series on "Interpreting the Scriptures," Adam considers Paul’s understanding of biblical authority and how to interpret and apply Scripture.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Uniting Methodists‎‏ في الأربعاء، ٣١ أكتوبر ٢٠١٨

Uniting Methodists is a movement rather than an organization. As a movement we are striving for greater inclusion and genuine representation in pursuit of shared goals. The statements found on this website represent our current consensus about important questions before the church. We invite suggestions, critique, and engaging conversations from persons across the UMC. The Uniting Methodists Leadership Team views this work as iterative and certain to be added to and enhanced over time.

* Uniting Methodists is a not-for-profit movement made up of members of The United Methodist Church and is not associated in any way with Room for All, Inc., an LGBTQ advocacy organization in the Reformed Church in America.

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