As you should all know by now, the Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church was held in St. Louis February 23-26. Many Rio Texas MFSA supporters attended, as delegates and observers, and witnessed as part of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC). LYNC offered worship, counseling, and support during the pain-filled meeting. The result of conference was devastating to those who support equal rights for our LGBTQI+ members. The delegates voted to continue – and worsen – the UMC’s ban on same-gender weddings and options for clergy. The “Traditional” Plan passed by 53%, but several portions of the plan have been challenged as violative of the UMC Constitution. The Judicial Council is expected rule on the challenges in late April.
So what do we do now? Many churches have made it known that they will leave the UMC; others have indicated they will stay and resist the discriminatory policies. Many Rio Texas churches are not even aware of the raging debate.
Join us on Thursday, March 14, as a panel of Rio Texas MFSA supporters, observers and delegates offer their perspectives about GC2019 and the future of the UMC. We have invited Jay Brim, Sid Hall, Joy Butler, Shelley Walters and others to share their experiences. We will share what various churches inside and outside of Rio Texas are discussing.
The meeting will be at Saint John’s United Methodist Church, at 2140 Allandale Road, in Austin.
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