Don't You Think Everyone Should Be Welcome in the UMC?
By Robin Ridenour
CA-NV Annual Conference Committee on Reconciliation
This year at Annual Conference Session, there will be a vote on an important and historic amendment to the UM Constitution that would ensure that the
On May 2, 2008, at a session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church held in Fort Worth, Texas, the following constitutional amendment was made by a recorded vote of 558 Yes, 276 No. It will be presented to the annual conferences for vote in 2009.
The amended Paragraph 4, Article IV of the constitution is as follows:
Inclusiveness of the Church - The United Methodist Church is a part of the church universal, which is one Body in Christ. The
of the Church because of race, color, national origin, status of economic condition.
In other words, "all means all!" All people are welcome in the
In order to become a part of the constitution, voting members of annual conferences will be voting on the amendment this year. The amendment is adopted if it receives a 2/3 majority vote from throughout the global church. It would become effective January 1, 2010.
The Reconciling Ministries Network has implemented a grassroots organizational plan to pass the amendment to Article IV, "Called to Witness." Called to Witness utilizes a strategy of building one-on-one relationships through the telling of personal stories. The stories are told in such a way that people will find common values with one another as all seek to create a church that is fully inclusive.
Reconciling Ministries will be holding a training in which attendees will learn how to tell their stories to effect change in the Church. This training will be Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the United Methodist Conference Center in West Sacramento (California-Nevada Annual Conference Center, 1276 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691; off the Harbor Blvd. exit of Business 80). Tiffany Steinwert, a national trainer from Reconciling Ministries Network, will be leading this training. If you would like to be a part of making the
To reserve your space or for more information, please call or email:
Robin Ridenour, (member) California-Nevada Annual Conference Committee on Reconciliation, 650-270-4801, RRide2000@aol.com.