Pastoral Response to General Conference 2019

Beloved Children of God,

The Traditional Plan was passed by the Special Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church by a margin of 53.3% votes for to 47.7% votes against (a margin of 54 votes out of a body of over 800 delegates) on Tuesday February 26th. We, the pastoral staff of Christ United Methodist Church, want you to know that we unanimously count ourselves among the millions of United Methodists around the world who proudly stand in opposition to the Traditional Plan and the institutionalized discrimination it represents.

In this moment of uncertainty, grief, and harm within the United Methodist Church, we reflect on the 8th Chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans:

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We deeply grieve that people of the LGBTQQIAAP community have been harmed by a message coming from General Conference that is contrary to the simple and beautiful truth that no person is excluded from the profound love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

To those who are suffering and grieving today, we want you to know that you are loved. Not only do we love you, but you are loved for who you are by God, who did not make a mistake when you were created.

We will all need time to fully process the full implications of the actions of the 2019 General Conference. Please know that we are available to pray with you, listen to you, support you, and love you during this difficult time of waiting. In the meantime, remember that nothing can separate you from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord; not height, not depth, not anything else in all creation—and especially not a 53% majority vote on a Tuesday afternoon in a dome in St Louis, MO.

We Love You, Christ Loves You, That Will Never Change.

In Christ,

Reverend Adam Kelchner

Reverend Scott Marshall-Kimball

Reverend Anne Hook

Reverend Mark Price

Reverend Paul Bonner

Aimee Cox

Katie Rhodes