In an article published late last year, the Rev. Stan Copeland addressed the One Church Plan, one of the three plans being voted on by the United Methodist Church in February to address the issue of homosexuality in the church. Copeland is in support of the One Church Plan, but cites one major concern, that “any time we have a (congregational) vote it’s potentially divisive.” According to the article, “Copeland would rather the pastor and other local church leaders make that call.”
Hello MINDful people! We wanted to call your attention to The Simple Plan, one of the three plans being considered by the Commission on a Way Forward, and the only plan to simply remove the discriminatory language from our Book of Discipline. (It still allows for individual clergy and churches to avoid doing queer weddings, but does not prohibit ordination of LGBTQ people).
This plan was primarily composed by queer people of color seeking to inspire our denominational leaders in the discernment of a way […]
In 2017 New York Annual Conference overwhelmingly endorsed the concept that there must be Queer voices at the 2019 Special General Conference. Very few annual conferences will have delegations embodying the concept, making the elections in our annual conference especially significant. With this in mind, we share with you a declaration and an offering by a diverse group of Queer laity and clergy and allies who feel called to this ministry of witness and have expressed their willingness, if […]
Whether or not you will be attending Annual Conference, here are a few things you can do:
Follow what’s happening on social media. MIND will be posting regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so please follow and repost anything you think deserves a wider audience. The general AC hashtag is #nyacumc and the one we’re using to promote the majority-queer, majority-POC group running is #WithNotAbout. Please follow, and please use the hashtags to help your posts get noticed!
#WithNotAbout. A major piece of business for this […]