Bishop Robert Hoshibata (right) presiding over the final plenary session of the 2012 Western Jurisdictional Conference. Photo by Patrick Scriven.
The following petition was passed by the body by an overwhelming majority.
A Statement of Gospel Obedience
In response to our common belief that God’s grace and love is available to all persons, the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church states our belief that the United Methodist Church is in error on the subject of “homosexuality’s incompatibility with Christian teaching.”
We commend to our bishops, clergy, local churches and ministry settings, the challenge to operate as if the statement in Para. 161F does not exist, creating a church where all people are truly welcome.
The secretary of the Western Jurisdictional Conference will submit this statement of Gospel Obedience to the Jurisdictional College of Bishops, each Annual Conference, and chairpersons of Boards of Ordained Ministry for discussion and implementation.
Presenter: Krista McVey, California-Pacific Annual Conference
From: Methodist Federation For Social Action
Subject: Gospel obedience
Petitioners: Krista McVey and thirteen others, including delegates April Hall Cutting, Oregon-Idaho, and Piula Ala’ilima, California-Pacific
Supporting Committee members:
* Krista McVey; Piula Alai’lima, Cal-Pac; April Hall Cutting, Or-Id
John Woodall, Cal-Pac; Diane Rehfield, Cal-Pac; Rosemary Davis, Cal-Pac; Rebecca Tice, RM; Sharon Bowles, Cal-Pac; Phil Bowles, Cal-Pac; * Jeanne Knepper, OI; Winifred Keefer, DSW; Nancy Goyings, Cal-Pac; Randa D’Aoust, Cal-Pac;
Fran Materra, Cal-Pac
Additional committee members:
Joe Ange, RM; Jeanne Audrey Powers, MN; James Dwyer, IN