Annual conference witness 2012
June 6-9, 2012, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
The New York Annual Conference (NYAC) meets annually to set policy. It is the one time every year that representatives from every congregation throughout the conference come together and is thus a crucial forum for our witness against the church’s ongoing exclusion of God’s LGBT children.
2012 was a breakthrough year for MIND at annual conference -- LGBT people were named and included from the stage of annual conference; the harm done us at General Conference was acknowledged; the dean of the cabinet asserted in his report that churches are strengthened when they welcome LGBT people; Bishop Sally Dyck held up one of our blue armbands during her ordination sermon; Rev. Amy DeLong gave a powerful speech at the MIND lunch; and we passed a significant piece of legislation.
Highlights, daily reports and more:
- Day 1 report: LGBT people are here, and we are named
- Day 2 report : MIND resolution moves forward
- Benz speech at MFSA dinner: It's time for NYAC to come out
- Day 3 report: Troublemakers and rule breakers carry the day
- Amy DeLong speech at MIND lunch: Five minutes longer
- MIND resolution (as passed): The spiritual crisis caused by the requirement to discriminate
- Day 4 report: A bishop and an armband