This committee met on Sunday March 31 for the second time. The national landscape of responses to GC2019 is still evolving. In addition to the work of our pastors, here are a few threads lay members are following:
• The United Church of Christ is performing inclusive marriages now. Some committee members continue to be in conversation to develop understanding and support.
• There is a meeting of key moderate members of UMC conferences around the country preparing a convention in May. We are reaching out to understand more about the movement and our position in it.
• The Western Jurisdiction is linking together a network of national and international churches. We are following their progress as well.
• There are many Methodist denominations in North America besides UMC. We are looking to see which, if any, align with our understanding of inclusiveness.
We are working to gather solid information and some possible paths to follow. The ultimate decision will belong to the congregation. Reaching Out has scheduled two more meetings: Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. in the second floor Sunday School rooms, and Sunday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. in a room yet to be determined. Respectfully, Kathleen Laborde, email@example.com