In the wake of a postponed General Conference and a continued pandemic, we are urgently called again to the work of Christ – in all the ways we can. Ever more clearly, we discern the disconnect between the logistics of our gathering and the call of the gospel.
The institutional fight to enshrine anti-LGBTQ+ policies in the Church has not only distracted us from hope-filled work, but it has caused great harm to LGBTQ+ people in our churches and communities, as well as their families and friends.
In a spirit of humility and in a wounded Church of differing convictions, we the people of the #ResistHarm movement call upon our United Methodist kin to resist apathy and practice enduring love. We are impelled to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves, and especially as they relate to LGBTQ+ persons who are the explicit target of the Book of Discipline’s discriminatory provisions. Specifically:
- We call on Bishops and Annual Conferences to hold in faithful abeyance anti-LGBTQ+ complaints related to the celebration of Christian marriage with LGBTQ couples and those related to the ordination and ministry of LGBTQ+ clergy.
- We call on local churches and Annual Conferences to “continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ” (BOD, 122), including people of all ages, races, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
As we wait until we can gather together safely as a global Church, we do not have to wait to be the Church. Building relationships across our connection, we honor and acknowledge our similarities and differences, and commit to our ongoing work dismantling racism and colonialism. Together let us persist in offering Christ-like mercy and working for justice; deepening lives of devotion and drawing communities together in worship.
French translation: TO COME
Portuguese translation: https://bit.ly/ResistHarm2022_Portuguese
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People of the United Methodist Church from diverse places around the globe have signed on to this message: lay people and clergy, including delegates to General Conference 2020, young people, Bishops, and leaders at all levels of the church. The movement to Resist Harm continues to grow.
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