Grace Church--Resources and Responses to General Conference 2019

In light of the reaffirmation of discriminatory language in the United Methodist Book of Discipline at the 2019 called General Conference, Grace Church is committed to acting as a fully inclusive community of faith. The people of Grace will continue to explore ways of providing just and extravagant welcome to all people. Here are Grace’s responses, as well as resources that have been helpful to Grace Church’s thinking and planning:

“My Denomination Just Died; Our Church Dissents,” Rev Sid Hall, Trinity Church Austin

“To Those Who Are Contemplating Leaving the United Methodist Church,” Bishop Karen Oliveto, Mountain Sky Annual Conference

“Traditional Methodism,” Diana Butler-Bass

“Wasn’t That Special? Reflections on the 2019 General Conference,” Rev Dr William Lawrence, former Dean of SMU/Perkins School of Theology, former Chair of Judicial Council

North Texans 4 One Church Covenant of Unity—An effort by pastors and laity in North Texas to have our Annual Conference act in a manner supporting contextual ministry, including for churches like Grace who desire full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ persons into our Christian practice.

Statement from Iowa United Methodist Laity and Clergy to the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet

“As We Make Our Way Back Home,” Western Jurisdiction of the UMC Progress Report

Financial Commitment of the UMC, 2017-2020 Quadrennium—A list of worldwide United Methodist financial commitments, for those who wish to see where Grace apportionment dollars are intended to go.

Eric Markinson