Praying and Praising as One
On February 23-26, The United Methodist Church will hold a special session of the General Conference, something that has only happened once before in our 50-year history. The General Conference has the full legislative power “over all matters distinctively connectional” The Book of Discipline 2016 (par. 16) This means that all decisions about our life together as The United Methodist Church are made by this body. No single person, not even the Council of Bishops, can speak for the denomination. Only the general Conference has that authority.
Our bishops have called this conference, at the request of the 2016 General Conference, to help us find a way forward through our deep disagreements about same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy. There will be about 890 delegates from around the world, not just the US. Half will be laity and the other half clergy. Their purpose is to help us as a denomination move beyond the discussions that have been taking place for almost 50 years.
The churches here in Bartlesville will be leading a worship service on February 17 at Bartlesville First Church at 5 p.m. This will be a time of prayer, praise and receiving Holy Communion. Core to the Wesleyan tradition for almost 300-years has been the call to love God and neighbors and have the mind of Christ.
Additionally, if your small group would like some discussion during your meeting time, please let me know and I will make plans to join you on a Sunday morning or other time as needed.
Grace & peace,