When
Monday, August 29, 2022 to Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Resolutions approved by 2021 ACS
1/27/2022

Item 25 Non-Binding Resolution on Removal of Discriminatory Language from The Book of Discipline

Submitted by: Conference Committee on Reconciliation

Number of Members: 6
Members voting for: 6
Date adopted: August 27, 2021 Contact person: Alyss M. Swanson ( Fiscal Impact: None
Parliamentary Procedure

Resolution:

Members present when voting: 6 Members voting against: 0

 

alyss.swanson@cnumc.org

I The Legislative Section Recommends Approval by a Vote of I

I Yes 265 (89.8%); No 30 (10.2%) [Passed on Consent Calendar] I

  1. 1  Be it resolved that it resolved that the California-Nevada Conference endorses the following statement:

  2. 2  We celebrate God’s gift of diversity and value the wholeness made possible in community equally shared

  3. 3  and shepherded by all. We welcome and affirm people of every gender identity, gender expression, and

  4. 4  sexual orientation, who are also of every age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education,

  5. 5  and family structure, and of every economic, immigration, marital, and social status, and so much more. We

  6. 6  acknowledge that we live in a world of profound social, economic, and political inequities. As followers of

  7. 7  Jesus, we commit ourselves to the pursuit of justice and pledge to stand in solidarity with all who are

  8. 8  marginalized and oppressed.

  9. 9  Be it further resolved, in keeping with CA-NV Conference’s historic witness for the full inclusion and

  10. 10  affirmation of all God’s children in the life of The United Methodist Church, that we implore all delegates to

  11. 11  the next General Conference to remove from the United Methodist Book of Discipline all discriminatory

  12. 12  language and prohibitions that harm and exclude LGBTQ+ persons and those that support and love them.

  13. 13  We also ask our Council of Bishops to honor a moratorium on charges and trials related to LGBTQ+

  14. 14  persons in ministry and those that celebrate their marriages with hope that our denomination will finally end

  15. 15  this spiritual violence against our LGBTQ+ siblings and their families and pastors.

  16. 16  And be it further resolved that the California-Nevada Conference Secretary send this resolution to the

  17. 17  President of the Council of Bishops and the Secretary of the General Conference and post it on the

  18. 18  California-Nevada Annual Conference website.

    Background:

    This resolution is intended to express the California-Nevada Annual Conference’s continuing commitment to its historic witness and advocacy for the full inclusion and affirmation of LGBTQ+ persons in the life and ministry of The United Methodist Church.

 

Item 26: Non-Binding Resolution on Matters Before the 2020 General Conference

Submitted by: California-Nevada General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation Number of Members: 25 Members present when voting: 17
Members voting for: 16 Members voting against: 0
Date adopted: August 14, 2021

Contact person: Randall Miller (randall4015@hotmail.com) Fiscal Impact: None
Parliamentary Procedure

Resolution:

  1. 1  Be it resolved that the California-Nevada Conference Session endorses the following statement:

  2. 2  “Recognizing the challenges presently facing The United Methodist Church, remembering Christ’s prophetic

  3. 3  call for justice, and standing in the assurance of God’s abundant grace, the California-Nevada Annual

  4. 4  Conference hereby endorses the following principles related to legislation slated to come before the 2020

  5. 5  United Methodist General Conference:

Item 26

I The Legislative Section Recommends Approval by a Vote of I

I Yes 263 (88.9%); No 33 (11.1%) [Passed on Consent Calendar] I

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The establishment of Regional Conferences as envisioned in the Christmas Covenant legislation proposed by leaders of the Philippines and Africa Central Conferences, and endorsed by the Connectional Table to create a more global and equitable decision-making structure.

The temporary suspension of the Trust Clause to allow for the amicable departure of local congregations following the satisfactory resolution of outstanding financial obligations, including shared pension liabilities.

The increase of funding for racial/ethnic ministries in the U.S. and for Africa University as an essential but partial step in redressing the twin evils of racism and colonialism.

The removal of anti-LGBTQ+ language from The United Methodist Book of Discipline in keeping with the historical stances of the California-Nevada Annual Conference and the Western Jurisdiction.”

  1. 17  And be it further resolved that the California-Nevada Conference Secretary communicate the above

  2. 18  statement to the President of the Council of Bishops and the Secretary of the General Conference and post

  3. 19  it on the California-Nevada Annual Conference website.

    Background:

    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 General Conference was postponed until August 2022. Should the postponed session take place as scheduled, General Conference delegates will consider some of the most significant proposed changes to come before that worldwide decision-making body since the creation of The United Methodist Church in 1968. These changes include allowing for the departure of local congregations, creating regional conferences to permit more equitable decision-making, removing anti- LGBTQ+ language from The United Methodist Book of Discipline, and more.

    ResourceUMC has prepared a helpful online summary of the major proposals and plans:

    https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/gc2020-proposed- plans?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrvO65__Z8gIVBQutBh2hZAWcEAAYASAAEgLRnvD_BwE.

    This non-binding resolution mirrors a similar one recently endorsed by the CNV Delegation. Rather than resulting in immediate changes to church law or policies, it affords the CNV Annual Conference Session an

opportunity to voice its opinion on important matters impacting The United Methodist Church. Should this resolution be adopted, the CNV Annual Conference will join more than twenty other annual conferences that have made public their hopes and dreams regarding the future of the Church.