We offer this page as a resource to learn more about the background and proposals coming before the leaders of the UMC around the apparent impasse regarding human sexuality, and the choice by some in the denomination to not comply with our established beliefs, which is the purpose of the special General Conference in February 2019.
First, begin with the overview letter at the top of the list. It seeks to explain some of how we got here. The UMC has consistently held a traditional belief in marriage while welcoming every person to be members and participants in worship and service.
Second, the video is a helpful way of understanding the three plans that will serve as the starting place for deliberations in February around a way forward. You can read the details in the third item of the list, the full Commission Report itself.
We want your feedback. We will be establishing methods and events to hear from you, starting in November. Based on how votes have been cast from 1972 through 2016, a large the majority in South Georgia and across the entire UMC agree with the traditional stance of our current Book of Discipline. Nevertheless, our church's Learning Team has already begun considering all possible outcomes in order to best guide our leadership for the unknown ahead. We ask that you join us in praying for God's leading. We are preparing our hearts for the great plans God has ahead for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
Our timeline is:
- Learning Phase - September and October 2018
- Feedback Phase - November and December 2018
- Prayer and Fasting - January and February 2019