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:
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.
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.
We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.
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
Lisa Washburn Owens
Mary Beth Aguilar
Beth (Gallegly) Fender
Janet M. Vaught
Della J. Fulk
Jo Vonna Noble
Mari Ann Oberg
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.
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