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RECONCILING WITNESS AT JUDICIAL COUNCIL, OCTOBER 25-28, CINCINNATI, OH

 

Two docket items [see below] at this session of the Judicial Council directly affect the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) United Methodists and their families. The powerful witness of local reconciling people will both hold the council accountable to our faith and affirm that we are permanently and powerfully part of our UM family by our baptism.

 

You are invited to be a part. Taking action and challenging others to truthfulness about LGBT people emboldens us even as it may embolden the Judicial Council. In Kansas City, our presence challenged the council to practice open communion while they issued a divided decision against open membership.

 

The Kansas East docket item [see below] pushes the council to affirm the accountability of pastor’s to their annual conference. A good question since the council’s past decisions in 1032 and 1041 weakened the checks and balances of our UM connection when it removed accountability of the pastor to the clergy session of the annual conference and to the bishop of the annual conference. The prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) persons has been manipulated to ignore our inclusive UM constitution along with the radical inclusiveness of Christ and in so doing put in danger the safeguards we are familiar with as United Methodists.

 

RMN will gather for worship Wednesday evening and be present to the Judicial Council throughout the day on Thursday, October 26.

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

7:00 pm - Reconciling Worship Service

Fellowship time will follow

Clifton United Methodist Church

3416 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati

 

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Witness

Vernon Manor Hotel

400 Oak Street, Cincinnati

8:00 am – 9:00 am – orientation

9:00 am – 10:30 am - hear the oral arguments

10:30 am – 6:30 pm - Prayer presence for Judicial Council

 

Questions? Or to let us know your intentions to attend, email sue@rmnetwork.org

 

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Petition 3-C:Non-Discrimination for Kansas East Local Churches

Submitted by Rev. Mark Holland

 

WHEREAS, the Bible implores us, “Let Justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24), and, Jesus himself teaches, “Whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:4)

 

WHEREAS, the United Methodist Church has adopted a theme of “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.”

 

WHEREAS, a United Methodist pastor in Virginia has denied membership in his local church to an individual solely on the grounds that he is a self avowed, practicing homosexual.

 

WHEREAS, the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church has upheld the pastor’s right to do so. (Judicial Council Decisions NO 1032)

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the 2006 Kansas East Annual Conference clearly states that: “No pastor in the Kansas East Conference shall deny membership into a Kansas East United Methodist church solely based on the candidate for membership being a self-avowed, practicing homosexual.”

 

Mark Holland, Kansas City: Trinity (clergy), made a motion for the 2006 Kansas East Annual Conference to petition the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church for a Declaratory Decision as to whether petition 3C is in compliance with Article IV of the Constitution, ¶ 124. Second is made and the motion is up for discussion.

Kent Melcher, Topeka District Superintendent (clergy), made a motion to amend the petition to include ¶ 214 of the Discipline. Second is made on this motion.

Mark Holland, Kansas City: Trinity (clergy), accepts this as a friendly amendment. The person who seconded the Melcher motion agrees to its acceptance as a friendly amendment. A vote of hands carries the motion as amended.

More on the Baltimore Washington request: http://www.bwcumc.org/news_detail.asp?TableName=oNews_PJAYMY&PKValue=2123

 

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