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Delegates from the North Central Jurisdiction met on November 8-9 to talk about the state of the jurisdiction and discuss the denomination’s future in preparation for next year’s General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Members of the jurisdiction’s Mission Council, which oversees its ministries and budget, joined them.
At the gathering, the clergy and laity in attendance released a statement that calls for a moratorium on complaints, charges, and trials related to same-sex marriages and LGBTQIA+ credentialing and greater freedom for ministry with the LGBTQIA+ community.
Gathering on November 8 and 9, 2019, in a crucial moment in the life of The United Methodist Church, we, 140 members present and voting from the North Central Jurisdiction’s Annual Conference delegations and the North Central Jurisdiction’s Mission Council, through honest, prayerful dialogue, discerned the following:
ADOPTED November 9, 2019
80% support, 18% does not support, 2% abstain
The statement was written during a Pre-General Conference gathering. The 177 delegates, alternates, and the Mission Council from around the Jurisdiction were guided through small group discussions and open conversations. While officially non-binding, the statement was adopted by a vote of: YES: 80% NO: 18% ABSTAIN: 2%
NCJ Mission Council Chairperson, Ryan M. Russell described the outcome
“As the chair of the Mission Council, I had some concrete hopes for the gathering. As the body worked together, the spirit of openness and respect was present even with some disagreement. I am heartened that we as the United Methodist in the NCJ were able to come to a common place with the document adopted by this gathering.”
For more information:
Contact Jim Searls
NCJ Mission Council, Communications Coordinator