Fred Brewington (New York, USA, lay) called on delegates to the General Conference “not to cause pain, not to do harm” by the decisions them make about human sexuality. “We must now take it to heart that there is a claim by our brothers and sisters who are gay and lesbian and transgender that there is pain that they suffer…when we stand and refer to our brothers and sisters as being unholy we do harm…I pray that we come to our senses so that we don’t have to stand and say forgive me for causing you pain…”
Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Bruce Ough
Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough was president of the Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference that authorized the Commission on a Way Forward. He discusses the commission’s work and his hopes for the upcoming special 2019 General Conference.
Church launches campaign against early childhood marriages
The United Methodist Church’s Ministry with Women, Children and Youth in Zimbabwe recently embarked on a 15-day outreach campaign against violence and childhood marriages.
Commentary: Evaluating the GC2019 organizational plan
A reserve lay delegate praises some of the organizational plan for the special General Conference 2019, but raises concerns about other points, including selection of committee officers.