FUMCNext of Carbondale
First United Methodist Church of Carbondale, IL

Statement of Purpose

We, as members of FUMCNext Carbondale of First United Methodist Church of Carbondale, Illinois, commit to the UMCNext and IGRC for Unity commitments, as follows:

  1. We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a live of personal piety and social holiness.

  2. We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves,* and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

  3. We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.

  4. We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together in our local church.

*From the Baptismal Covenant of The United Methodist Church

The following individuals have expressed their support of this Statement of Purpose.

Debbie Asaturian

Evelyn Bailey

Cindy Bertsch

Laura Bishop

Matt Bishop

Lily Bishop

Donna Butler

Bill Crippen

Joyce Crippen

Judy Dillinger

Janet Earnest

Andy Earnest

George Everingham

Shirley Everingham

Joan Hart

In-Sook Hwang

Milly Kaiser

Bobbe Lenzini

Carol Mocaby

Al Morgan

Bob Morwell

John Sims

Sharon Sims

Sue Stucky

John Washburn

Sally Washburn

Bob Weiss

Jan Weiss

Pam Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough

Gene Morgan

Mariann Oberg

Gary Austin

Jan Austin

Cindy Massie

Jennifer Presar

Leah Farrar-White

Connie Kleven

Steve Mitchell

Anita Hutton

Angie Ransom

Pat Cuendet

John Brocato

Duane Cole

Betty Graig

John Annable

Marilyn Annable

Lisa Washburn Owens

Linda White

Shadi Frick

Douglas Baker

Amy Baker

Nelda Hinckley

Mary Beth Aguilar

Beth (Gallegly) Fender

Lindsey Bailey

Darren Bailey

Janet M. Vaught

Tracy Gibson

Della J. Fulk

Greg Cook

Nancy Cook

Kathy Hollister

Jo Vonna Noble

Joseph Powers

Jim Oberg

Mari Ann Oberg

Jan Waggoner

Karen Frick

Kay Eckiss

Monty Smith

Larry Dunlap-Berg

Barb Dunlap-Berg

Kristen Dunlap-Berg

Robert Lucas

Linda Lucas

Kayli Lucas

Jaden Lucas

Joe Miller

Pat Bullard

Gaye Auxier

Randall Auxier

Tasha Morwell

Nina Morwell

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Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality by Walter Wink

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Recording of January 13, 2020, Panel Discussion

The panelists described how they developed the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, a proposal that they are working to have drafted as legislation and sent to General Conference. The proposal, announced Jan. 3, would provide a means for traditionalists to leave The United Methodist Church and form their own denomination, as well as a way for others to leave the denomination within a specified time. Proponents emphasize that no one is being asked to leave the church.

General Conference UMC Plans Chart -- a good comparison of current plans.