General Conference 

February 26, 2019

General Information & Connection

 
There is a great amount of information, printed and video, that is available regarding the happenings of the Special Conference that can be found at www.umnews.org and much of the proceedings can be seen as archived streaming at www.umc.org.

Here is a brief synopsis of the most prominent plans submitted for consideration at the special conference, more information can be found at www.umnews.org or www.umc.org. The Traditional Plan, though ruled unconstitutional in numerous ways, was the plan that was passed by a 53% vote by the General Conference. The Traditional Plan would affirm the current restrictive language about homosexuality in the Book of Discipline and seek to strengthen enforcement for violations. The Modified Traditional Plan would add to the Traditional Plan a committee with authority to hold bishops accountable to the sexuality standards in the Book of Discipline. It would offer a $200,000 grant to annual conferences that want to leave the denomination because of disagreement over LGBTQ issues. The One Church Plan would shift to churches and conferences decisions regarding ministry with or by LGBTQ persons rather than maintaining a single standard that operates throughout the worldwide church. It would also remove some of the language in the Book of Discipline that limit LGBTQ people‚Äôs involvement as United Methodists.   The Connectional Conference Plan would create three connectional conferences based on perspective on LGBTQ issues. The three connectional conferences would function throughout the worldwide church and the five existing U.S. jurisdictions would be abolished.

The Simple Plan would remove all language from the Book of Discipline that excludes LGBTQ people from full participation in the church

Will things Change at FUMCCV?

This is a difficult question this early in the process. We suspect that for some time we will be answering this question on multiple dimensions. The first opportunity will be this coming Sunday, March 2nd, in all of the morning worship services. This will be a special morning, highlighting our great church at FUMCCV, drawing us together as Christians who recognize the difference between essentials and non-essentials, calling us into prayer and reminding us of the call to minister to the world. worship will not be a discussion nor presentation on General Conference, rather it will be a reminder to us of the core of our faith and what it means to be a Christian.

FUMCCV Community Conversations

One person remarked that we need to have a cable news cast or sports cast that is doing play by play of the General Conference since there is so much going on, much of it behind the scenes. Pastor Brian will host the following community conversations to answer questions and lead discussion about the happenings of General Conference and the implications for FUMCCV. These will NOT be times to debate LGBTQ issues nor a time to make decisions as a church but rather THEY ARE times to ask questions, get answers and learn more about what happened at General Conference and some of the possible implications for FUMCCV.
Wednesday March 6, 12:45 – 2:15 pm., Church Library
Sunday March 10, 3:00 – 4:30 pm., Church Library
Wednesday March 20, 7:45 – 9:00 pm. Church Library

What is our denominational leadership saying?

Our Bishop, Grant Hagiya, made a report each day following the General Conference Sessions. The following link will take you to those daily reflections.

March 3 – Worship Gathering (Pasedena)

Bishop Hagiya will give the message at a special worship service Sunday March 3, 6 pm., First United Methodist Church, Pasadena. You can attend the service live or watch it online.