by Neil B. Blair, President of Saint Paul School of Theology
Dear Saint Paul Community,
As most of you know, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church met in St. Louis the past four days. The purpose was for elected General Conference delegates from around the world to decide on a plan to accept, change or alter the Book of Discipline regarding issues of human sexuality and the role of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the church. The primary issues revolved around the ordination of LGBTQ persons and officiating at same-sex marriages.
The General Conference considered several plans and approved the plan known as the “traditional plan.” This plan broadens the church’s current prohibitions on same-sex marriages and ordination of LGBTQ persons; and it now mandates additional structures for enforcing those rules.
Saint Paul has long had in place a commitment of non-discrimination towards LGBTQ persons. Saint Paul School of Theology welcomes ALL qualified persons seeking theological education. We are dedicated to providing the best theological education to our current and future students as they fulfill their desire to learn and experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ within the community of Saint Paul School of Theology. Our doors are open, and we look forward to you joining us!