The Connectional Table Votes to Submit Legislation Proposal Related to Homosexuality

Participants listen to Fred Brewington debate inclusiveness in The United Methodist Church in relation lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals during the fall Connectional Table meeting. This meeting took place Nov. 18-20 at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tenn. A UMNS photo by Kathleen S. Barry.

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In doing their work, the writing team said they grounded themselves with these three theological assertions:

  • The centrality of our mission
  • Our claim to unity for the sake of mission
  • And our identity as Christians and as United Methodists

The Connectional Table’s proposal is expected to be one of many petitions regarding human sexuality that will be considered at the 2016 General Conference.

“Our hope is that it will provide an alternative for the General Conference to consider that helps strengthen the unity of the church and allows us to move forward together as a denomination so that we can focus on our mission,” said Bishop Ough.

Last month, the Commission on the General Conference voted to support an alternative discernment process for dealing with legislative petitions that may benefit from discussion in small groups. Delegates to the 2016 General Conference would have to approve the process.

About the Connectional Table

The Connectional Table oversees the coordination of mission, ministries and resources across the denomination. Created at the 2004 General Conference, the Connectional Table was formed to serve as both the visioning body of the church and the steward of resources to carry out the vision of the denomination worldwide.


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  1. […] The Connectional Table’s “Third Way” is the latest incremental expression of change—a step toward The United Methodist Church living fully into God’s inclusive embrace. However, a compromise that continues to sanction discrimination against LGBTQ persons cannot be the end of the story. It is only an indicator, alongside so many other events over the last few years, that God has indeed, already settled this matter. God’s justice will be born among us – in fullness and in uncompromising delight in LGBTQ persons. […]

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