The United Methodist Church

Here we are…

at another crossroads. Following the recent decision to vote through the “Traditional Plan” at a special General Conference (February), those of our sisters and brothers who act as elders, deacons and are congregates, were essentially given a slap in the face and told you are not part of the tribe. Sure, we recruit and profess we are supportive of all people’s no matter color, creed or orientation, and yet, here we are stepping back into a lexicon and choice that is nothing less than hurtful and destructive to the whole church. If you wanted to tell young people that they are honored and welcome - that they are loved no matter what - this did not do that. Here’s the thing. I get it, we are not going to all agree. That’s a given, but isn’t that what gives the church vibrancy? If we all agreed and looked the same, wouldn’t that be boring and lifeless? Can we not find a conduit in which to process and move forward together?

As a pastor and one who has worked with LGBTQ youth and have transgender family members, I can tell you I love them and support them with the Gospel of grace and love, and always will. I continue to pray for our church to respond in kind. Whether Wesley actually said this or not, it still holds true:

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

In God’s abundant love,

Pastor Jenny

(If you wish to view the 231 page document you can see it at http://www.umc.org/topics/general-conference-2019-special-session)

Christ UMC Maplewood