2019 Special General Conference Session

The special General Conference session of the global United Methodist Church met this past weekend from Friday evening through Tuesday. This special session called delegates from all over the world to St. Louis, MO, as the United Methodist Church’s top governing body to find a way forward together on the complexities of human sexuality. The General Conference body defeated all proposals to change the current stance of the United Methodist Church as outlined in the official United Methodist Book of Discipline. The United Methodist Church will continue its official position that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” and forbid UM clergy from being in or performing same sex unions. This decision is difficult for many United Methodists, and we all seek God’s healing and wholeness-making as we pray for God’s Spirit to keep us united in the midst of different views and understandings. The United Methodist Church’s still boldly proclaims that all people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, are people of sacred worth and beloved children of God. You may access more information at www.umc.org/gc2019. Additionally, you may see the Bishop’s response at  https://vimeo.com/320066203.