TPC Response to GC19

The Church Council of Travis Park Church finds the decision by General Conference 2019 to be incompatible with Christian teaching, and denounces the discriminatory policies of the United Methodist Church. - Travis Park Church Council, March, 2019

      In 2016, The United Methodist Council of Bishops called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to convene in St. Louis, Missouri February 23-26, 2019. The purpose of the special session (GC2019) was to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016, and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

      On February 26, 2019, delegates at GC2019 voted by a margin of 438 – 384 in favor of adopting The Traditional Plan. Afterward, The United Methodist Judicial Council, at its April 2019 meeting, ruled on the constitutionality of actions taken by the GC2019. As a result, harmful language in The Book of Discipline about homosexuality, same-gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons was not changed. Since this ruling, Travis Park Church (TPC) has been actively engaged in studying what measures to take in response.

      It is our sincere hope that you will reference the information found on this page as being useful on this subject to educate and better understand steps being taken by the Travis Park Church Council in response to The 2019 Special General Conference. Moreover, we hope you will, in turn, better understand the importance of what is at state within our church through this period of discernment.

      If you have questions, please know we are here to provide answers and help where possible:

Why The Traditional Plan does harm to LGBTQ people

    This story, “Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: The United Methodist Church,” by The Human Rights Campaign, clearly illustrates why The Traditional Plan is harmful to the LGBTQ community.

2008-2018 TPUMC RMN Timeline

2019 TPC Way Forward Timeline

Sunday, August 11
Sunday School Class
1 of 3
11:15 a.m.Labyrinth Room
Report and discussion led by Brock Curry, and Kathleen Laborde. TOPIC: Structure of the church that impacts us, and TPC responses to date.
Class Powerpoint >

Sunday, September 8
Sunday School Class
2 of 3
11:15 a.m.Labyrinth Room
Report and discussion led by Brock Curry, and Kathleen Laborde. TOPIC: Our position with keeping our building, and Sonya Erb discusses our options with apportionments to prepare for our end-of-year decision. Class Powerpoint >

Sunday, September 22
Sunday School Class
3 of 3
11:15 a.m.Labyrinth Room
Report and discussion led by Brock Curry, and Kathleen Laborde. TOPIC: Examination of our options, and timeline for going forward. All are welcome. [ note: New reading available for this meeting. See below for: A New Form of Unity, and a Guide to GC2020. ]

Sunday, October 6
11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Progress report on Way Forward led by members of Church Council. At today’s All-Church Meeting, following the worship service, we will distribute a survey designed to gauge where the congregation stands on those strategic issues discussed at the information sessions in response to the 2019 Special General Conference. The survey will not be a binding vote per se, but will help us better understand how well-informed we are on the critical decisions we will need to make in the not-too-distant future. We will also discuss the more significant happenings since our last congregational meeting on June 2.  All are welcome!

Monday, December 16
6 p.m. Sanctuary
Read the letter.


Weddings at Travis Park Church

TPC Wedding Contract pdf ​[revised March, 2019]

Rio Texas Conference – url

2019 Special General Conference – url 

Reconciling Ministries Network – url

2020 General Conference – url
May 5-15, 2019, Minneapolis, MN

Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) – url

Love Your Neighbor Coalition – url

Council of Bishops – url

Faith positions
…on LGBTQ people, and the issues that affect them

Complete Book of Discipline Homosexuality Statements – url

Chart with complete text of each petition – url

RMN Statement on Judicial Council Decision No. 1378 – pdf, April 26, 2019

2000-2018 RMN, and 2019 Way Forward progress – pdf

A New Form of Unity
Bishops David A. Bard, & Scott J. Jones, April 28, 2019

Guide to GC2020
Paastor Eric’s Guide to GC 2020 – pdf

All-Church Survey Results
December 16, 2019

Statement on Protocol
Rev. Eric Vogt, Jan. 12, 2020

bishop statement at Rio Texas page; FAQ; helpful summary of the protocol and process from Dr. Ted Campbell, Perkins/SMU; Express-News with Pastor Eric.

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