The Edmonds United Methodist Church Church Council on Wednesday issued a statement in response to the 2019 United Methodist Church General Conference vote in February to strengthen enforcement of the denomination’s “Traditional Plan” rules against ordination and marriage of LGBTQ members and punish clergy who violate those rules.
An announcement issued by the Edmonds church Wednesday noted that it “has been a Reconciling Church since 2015 and greatly values its many LGBTQ members and their families. As such, we are offended by the deeply insensitive decisions of 2019 Special General Conference.
“These actions lead us to question the wisdom, compassion and faithfulness of the decision-makers of our denomination,” the church announcement continued.
In response to the 2019 General Conference decision, the church issued the following statements:
“We are unwilling to remain in a structure that rejects any person or people or condemns and punishes us for ministry to them; therefore,
“We reject the decision of the 2019 General Conference to adopt the Traditional Plan as the way forward for the United Methodist Church;
“We affirm the leadership of the PNW Annual Conference and Western Jurisdiction in opposing the decision and urge our conference and jurisdictional leadership to work to overturn the General Conference 2019 decisions and adopt more inclusive revisions to the Book of Discipline or form a separate, fully-inclusive denominational structure. “
The church council said it will be reviewing its options for future affiliation with “a new denominational structure” if the General Conference 2019 decision isn’t overturned.
“In the meantime, we will pray for the transformation of our United Methodist Church into a place of ‘Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors,’ where all God’s people are truly welcome,” the church announcement said.
You can read more on the church website.