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Huntersville United Methodist Church

Statement on General Conference 2019

March 3, 2019

Huntersville United Methodist Church affirms God is calling us to “open the door, make room at the table, and create spaces so that we foster lasting relationships with Jesus Christ.” We affirm that what we mean by opening the door, making room at the table, and creating spaces is that we are eager to welcome ALL into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He invites us to be his church, his physical presence on earth. We will not exclude anyone from the fellowship and ministry life of the church. We will recognize the sacred worth of every person, see all as made in the image of God, and pray all come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

We know that many are in strong agreement with the actions of General Conference, and we recognize the tension and the difficulty that the General Conference action represents for many people. We acknowledge the pain and harm that some feel as we both affirm God’s love and grace for all, yet follow our denomination’s decision to not ordain persons who are “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” and prohibit our Pastors from performing, and our churches from hosting, same sex unions. We wrestle with this and the sense that it can be interpreted as unfair and unjust in many ways.

We pledge to be a church that seeks to listen to, understand, and embrace others through our differences. We will have the humility to both stand on the truth of God’s Word and yet recognize that we may not agree on what that Word means. We will continue to honor the command that Jesus gave as the first and foremost law, “that we will love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, strength and might” and that “we will love our neighbors as ourselves.”

And so, as this process is on-going in the United Methodist Church, we ask you to allow it to unfold. Just like all families, we will have our differences, but we hold each other in respect and love. Jesus is praying for us and our unity, not unity of thought, but unity of love and devotion for him and for one another. May our church be known by her love for all.