A Resolution to Disavow the passing of the Traditional Plan

passed at Desert Southwest Conference’s Annual Conference

Whereas using contextual biblical scholarship, there is no biblical mandate to discriminate against LGBTQ+ persons and relationships;

 

Whereas The United Methodist Church is capable of great nuance in the matter of biblical interpretations displayed in its treatment of issues such as divorce and the ordination of women, but reverts to simplistic literalism when it comes to the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons in its life and ministry;

 

Whereas The United Methodist Church has singled out LGBTQ+ persons and their supporters for special punitive action while ignoring the “clear biblical teaching” on other matters such as pensions (Matthew 6:19-20);

 

Whereas in our Wesleyan tradition the first general rule that John Wesley gave the people called Methodists concerns “doing no harm.”

 

Whereas United Methodists promise “to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves;”

 

Whereas by passing the Traditional Plan, the denomination has done great, and perhaps irreparable harm to our 

LGBTQ+ siblings and The United Methodist Church as a whole; and

 

Whereas for the past 10 years, the Desert Southwest Conference has declared itself to be a Reconciling Conference;

Whereas for the past 10 years, the Desert Southwest Conference has declared itself to be a Reconciling Conference;

 

now, therefore, be it be resolved, that the Desert Southwest Conference:

1. condemns the decision of the 2019 General       Conference to pass the Traditional Plan and apologizes for the harm that it has caused LGBTQ+ persons, their families, friends, and the body of Christ;

2. affirms that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God; and

3. asserts and affirms that no human being is incompatible with Christian teaching.

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