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Session 3 Central's Way Forward - What is it like to be part of a Reconciling Congregation?

May 24, 2019 Rev. Dr. Dean Francis and Sue Halsey Season 1 Episode 3
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Session 3 Central's Way Forward - What is it like to be part of a Reconciling Congregation?
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Central's Podcast
Session 3 Central's Way Forward - What is it like to be part of a Reconciling Congregation?
May 24, 2019 Season 1 Episode 3
Rev. Dr. Dean Francis and Sue Halsey

 Issues have been raised that strike at the heart of Christianity in America and the soul of the Church.  In February 2019, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to approve legislation which retains and enforces the church's laws prohibiting LGBTQ persons for full inclusion in the church.

Pastors Dale and Chris appreciate the ways that Central has already been a welcoming congregation that has tried to be compatible and accepting of differences.  They are available to hear questions and concerns, to pray with you, and to guide Central UMC into a hope-filled future. In doing this, they intend to honor the gospel of the hospitality practices this church has lived out for a decade: To fully include our gay neighbors in this Christian community.

At this time, because of Central's tradition of championing social justice and sharing a message of love and acceptance of all, we must stand in opposition to our denomination which is telling gay members and friends that they can't be gay and be Methodist. No other group is being told by the United Methodist Church that their lives are "Incompatible with Christian teaching" except LGBTQ persons.  This is unacceptable.

In response to the decisions made by General Conference in regards to this issue, the Church Council of Central UMC has made the following recommendations:

  • Central will remain affiliated with the United Methodist Church as church leaders from around the world seek to create a more open Methodist Church. We will pay our ministry shares (financial support) to the denomination because we want it to be strong as it works through this.
  • We will not be anxious or reactionary.
  • We will create a task force to explore what it means to become a "Reconciling Congregation" so that we are globally recognized as being accepting of all persons, including LGBTQ persons. As a Reconciling Congregation, we will join over 1000 United Methodist congregations and communities who have already affiliated with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), embracing the goal of full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the church, both in policy and in practice.  Read more about RMN here:  rmnetwork.org

As part of our exploration process to become a Reconciling Congregation, we have planned several education opportunities for the congregation.  This podcast is one of those opportunities. 

Show Notes

 Issues have been raised that strike at the heart of Christianity in America and the soul of the Church.  In February 2019, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted to approve legislation which retains and enforces the church's laws prohibiting LGBTQ persons for full inclusion in the church.

Pastors Dale and Chris appreciate the ways that Central has already been a welcoming congregation that has tried to be compatible and accepting of differences.  They are available to hear questions and concerns, to pray with you, and to guide Central UMC into a hope-filled future. In doing this, they intend to honor the gospel of the hospitality practices this church has lived out for a decade: To fully include our gay neighbors in this Christian community.

At this time, because of Central's tradition of championing social justice and sharing a message of love and acceptance of all, we must stand in opposition to our denomination which is telling gay members and friends that they can't be gay and be Methodist. No other group is being told by the United Methodist Church that their lives are "Incompatible with Christian teaching" except LGBTQ persons.  This is unacceptable.

In response to the decisions made by General Conference in regards to this issue, the Church Council of Central UMC has made the following recommendations:

  • Central will remain affiliated with the United Methodist Church as church leaders from around the world seek to create a more open Methodist Church. We will pay our ministry shares (financial support) to the denomination because we want it to be strong as it works through this.
  • We will not be anxious or reactionary.
  • We will create a task force to explore what it means to become a "Reconciling Congregation" so that we are globally recognized as being accepting of all persons, including LGBTQ persons. As a Reconciling Congregation, we will join over 1000 United Methodist congregations and communities who have already affiliated with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), embracing the goal of full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the church, both in policy and in practice.  Read more about RMN here:  rmnetwork.org

As part of our exploration process to become a Reconciling Congregation, we have planned several education opportunities for the congregation.  This podcast is one of those opportunities. 

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