United Methodist Church’s Regional Bodies ‘Reject’ and Vow to ‘Resist Implementation’ of Denomination’s “Traditional Plan” Banning Same-sex Weddings and Openly Homosexual Clergy

Regional bodies of The United Methodist Church are passing resolutions denouncing the denomination’s recently approved “Traditional Plan,” vowing to refuse to enforce the rules.

The UMC Great Plains Annual Conference, which is centered on Kansas and Nebraska, passed a resolution on Saturday by a vote of 586-396 rejecting the Traditional Plan.

“We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation,” read the resolution in part.

“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.”

The Conference also approved a resolution making $20,000 in grant funding available to local churches for ministries that appoint LGBTQIA+ persons as missional leaders in the conference. The vote was 548-385.

Over the weekend, the Michigan Annual Conference overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the creation of a new “Central Conference” that would allow clergy to perform same-sex weddings and noncelibate homosexuals to be ordained.

Last Friday, Baltimore-Washington Conference Bishop LaTrelle Easterling commissioned two individuals, each in a same-sex marriage, to the positions of provisional deacon and full elder.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski