Talking Points for the United Methodist Church
Since the close of the contentious 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, United Methodists from across the theological spectrum set to work crafting plans to resolve the bitter dispute over the denomination’s sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and ordination standards. The following points are as we understand them and will be put forward in 2020:
- Differences in scriptural interpretation, theology and practice have pushed the church to the place where there will be a separation this year.
- According to the separation documents presented to us, we do not know what will actually happen until the general conference being held this May.
- According to the preliminary separation plans, Wesley members will need to vote to remain a traditional Methodist church.
- The current plan allows us to stay on the property and worship together as we have for decades, regardless of the vote.
- The proposed plan is the best means to resolve our differences, allowing us to remain true to our theological understanding while recognizing the dignity, equality, integrity, and respect of every person.
Local leaders of the Wesley Church are available to answer questions and will update the congregation in June regarding the conference in May.
Chair of the Board Connie Pruitt
Lay Leader James Pearson
Finance Chair Gloria Rocci
Staff Parish Chair Jeff Davis
Trustees Chair Brad Hubbard
Life Enrichment Center Leslie Berlin
Children’s Rochelle Mock
Youth Ministry Nadia Nunez
Bridges Jennifer Foster
Chair Council on Ministries Tom Edwards
Pastor Ernie Post