Referral of Plan UMC to the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table was tabled in Friday evening discussion at the General Conference. After other procedural matters were completed the delegates had an opportunity to lift the proposed referral from the table. By a vote of: yes-427; no-444 the Plan was not lifted, and hence not referred…which meant that effectively consideration of Plan UMC was ended.
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Commentary: Keep the main thing the main thing
Citing the church stance on homosexuality as a mostly U.S. concern, the Rev. Edgar De Jesus writes that Filipino United Methodists are more focused on how to make the Gospel relevant.
Commentary: Grateful for gifts of LGBTQ in church
The Rev. Molly Vetter says that throughout her life, she has been blessed by the gifts of mentors and colleagues in ministry who are LGBTQ.