HUMC’s lay-led Reconciling Ministry Discernmen Team members are: Jane Dewire and Michael Haney, chairs, along with Max Andrick, Don Boerner, Rich Boettner, Kelli Decker, Kelly Dewire, Jason Hudson, Julie Johnson, Donna McBride, and Lynn Weatherby. Contact any of them with your questions (the church office has contact information if you need it: firstname.lastname@example.org, 614.876.2403).
Reconciling Team Update: March 14, 2021
The Reconciling Ministry Discernment Team has been working over the last year and a half to help listen, understand, and educate our congregation about what it would mean to become a Reconciling Congregation – one that was publicly and openly affirming of the LGBTQ+ community.
This team has held congregational meetings, panels, listening sessions, one-on-one conversations, Bible studies, and Zoom sessions to listen to the congregation and keep you in the loop on its progress. As we are nearing the end of that process, the team has been listening to your feedback about another chance to ask questions and understand what the Bible has to say about homosexuality:
The Bible and HOmosexuality Q&A
Wednesday, March 24, 7-8:30pm on zoom
Join us for a Question & Answer session with the Reconciling Ministry DiscernmentTeam and your pastors about the Bible and Homosexuality.
February 7 Town Hall Follow-Up
Thank you all for attending and participating in the HUMC Reconciling Ministry Discernment Group’s Town Hall event on Sunday, February 7, with Rev Deacon April Casperson and Rev April Blaine. It was wonderful to learn the plans for General Conference and pending vote for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the United Methodist Church with you. We wanted to share the resources that Rev. April C mentioned as well as the Bible study Rev. April B referenced.
Here is a recording of the Town Hall (coming soon):
General Conference 2019 Summary (click title to be directed to the resource)
….Which is now a part of the Alaska Omnibus (released January 2021)
- The regionalization framework of The Christmas Covenant is included at the beginning.
- The formation of a Regional Conference in North America from the Connectional Table Plan is included.
- Governance changes allowing Wespath and benefit plans to better serve the Church in its potential new forms.
- All of The Protocol is included, ensuring that those who wish to form a traditionalist expression of Methodism are able to do so without litigation.
Delegates will be in a meeting, and anyone can observe this meeting. I suspect we will get information about timelines. Facilitated by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of the Western Pennsylvania Conference and hosted Tyrus Sturgis, Director of Leader Communications at United Methodist Communications, participants and viewers will see presentations on:
- The state of General Church finances (General Council on Finance and Administration)
- The state of the Episcopal Fund
- General Conference options
- Jurisdictional Study Committee Report
- Episcopal election recommendation from the Council of Bishops (Bishop Cynthia Fierro-Harvey)
Barriers Against A Virtual General Conference. Opinion piece: We cannot have a virtual General Conference ethically or logistically (Jane Dewire writes, “full disclosure: I know this author personally and trust his research and insights. He has been blogging about the UMC for years as a part of his ministry”).
United Methodist Insight: A weekly newsletter of curated articles about the UMC from a variety of viewpoints. Last week’s issue was all about General Conference. This is a good newsletter to subscribe to.
Vaccines Won’t Save General Conference: Opinion piece (backed up with facts) about how it is very unlikely that we will have a General Conference this year.
Update: General Conference has been postponed to 2022.
Reconciling Ministry Town Hall
FEATURING REV. APRIL CASPERSON & REV. APRIL BLAINE, FACILITATED BY JANE DEWIRE
HOSTED BY THE RECONCILING MINISTRY DISCERNMENT TEAM
The Reconciling Ministry Discernment Group hosted a virtual Town Hall with Pastor April Blaine and Deacon April Casperson, who among many other roles is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the West Ohio Conference and Delegate for General Conference.
The Aprils will answer your questions about the upcoming General Conference, the vote concerning the inclusion of the LGBT community in the United Methodist Church, as well as how General Conference could impact HUMC.