The delegates from the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church have issued a statement of support for the One Church Plan, one of three proposals advanced by the Commission on a Way Forward that attempt to resolve the denomination’s decades-old struggle with LGBTQ issues. The Council of Bishops has called a special session of General Conference for February 23-26 in St. Louis to debate the issue.
In their Nov. 14, 2018 statement, the delegates pledge to support the unity of the Church. Their decision to support the One Church Plan came after “in-depth conversations” across the jurisdiction and the UM Connection, they say.
“We believe that the One Church Plan is a faithful approach that will allow for unity in diversity and for us to continue to live together in our vital witness and service to God’s world,” their statement reads.
However, it continues, “Although we support the One Church Plan for its possible ability to maintain unity, we recognize that it does not provide full inclusion for faithful LGBTQ Christians in the Church. While supporting the plan, our hearts ache for the LGBTQ community, and we reaffirm our continued commitment to further the cause of equity and justice for all the disenfranchised from our Church.”
The statement was signed by all delegates from the Western Jurisdiction. The California-Nevada Annual Conference delegation consists of Emily Allen, Burt Yin, Randall Miller, Jeffrey Kuan, Greg Bergquist, and Siosifa Hingano.
Read WJ Delegates’ Statement here.