Church Continues Grappling With GC2019 Vote

Church Continues Grappling With GC2019 Vote


After a Feb. 26, 2019, vote to strengthen church policies about homosexuality, delegate Ian Urriola from New York speaks to other delegates who, in protest, formed a large circle in the center of the plenary floor. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.
By Kathy L. Gilbert
May 20, 2019 | UM News

The decision of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference was not the last word for many in the denomination.

Every day seems to bring another public statement in support of LGBTQ people and their role in The United Methodist Church or in defense of the Traditional Plan, which states homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

At least one pastor has officiated at a same-sex wedding in defiance of that plan, which goes into effect in January.
Meanwhile, the Wesleyan Covenant Association, which supports the Traditional Plan, announced on May 17 that it is creating a $100,000 Central Conference Ministry Fund to counterbalance plans by some United Methodists who say they will withhold funding from the central conferences because they believe a majority of delegates from outside the U.S. supported the Traditional Plan. The first $200,000 given to the fund will be matched. Read more . . .