Thursday, May 3, 2012

Discipline Language Concerning Human Sexuality

The UM Discipline contains language in several places that says "the UMC does not condone the practice of homosexuality and the practice of homosexuality is not compatible with Chrisitan teaching.". Many petitions were submitted in an attempt to remove this language. Other petitions were submitted to strengthen the present language. It is Thursday and the issue is being debated passionately. 

At this point the language of incompatibility will remain in the UMC Social Principles. There are still matters to decide including: whether all people, regardless of sexual orientation, can be ordained; whether or not UMC clergy can perform same-sex marriages or civil unions; and if clergy will be charged if they do not obey the Discipline guidelines. 

Many people have come to General Confernece to plead for full inclusion of LGBT. Organized protests have been peaceful until today. At 11:00 some protestors crossed the bar of conference and refused to leave. They joined in singing, even as the presiding bishop asked them to leave. Finally, the presiding bishop called an early lunch recess. We are currently waiting for the session to begin this afternoon. What will happen to the protestors that are not leaving the conference floor?

This is a protesting group entering the plenary floor on Wednesday. 
On Thursday morning, protesters surrounded the delegates and prayed. 
These protestors remained on the floor of the plenary two hours after being asked to leave.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for keeping us updated, Sherry. One of my best friends was in the middle of that protest, and if the church were to refuse to ordain him because of his sexual orientation, they would be missing out on one of the most brilliant up-and-coming Christian leaders I know. I am sad that they have come to this decision, and I am wondering if it means all the rest of the decisions on sexuality are likely to go in the same direction. All I can do right now is pray that we might all be able to awaken a prophetic imagination within us, a vision for the church that goes beyond our limited human visions.