LGBTQ Justice and Liberation Roundtable
August 29 @ 1:00 pm - August 30 @ 2:00 pmFree
Annual Conference season has ended, and multiple movements are growing out of the ashes of General Conference 2019. At the core of many of them is our call to end systemic oppression. There is talk about disaffiiation, re-affiliation, dissolution, reformation, and more. It is a historic time for United Methodists, if nothing else.
The January 1 date for implementation of the Traditionalist Plan will be here before we know it, and we are all preparing to respond to that in the midst of our other vital work. It is important that we gather as leaders in the quest for LGBTQ justice and liberation to bring each other up to speed, spend time together, strengthen our network, and to deliberate next steps with each other.
We will gather in Chicago (Evanston) from 1:00 p.m. August 29 – 3:00 p.m. August 30. (Several of you are already stepping up by volunteering help to plan the “agenda,” plan worship, and lead parts of the discussion. Thank you for your leadership!)
During this gathering, we want to:
Ground ourselves in what we have in common (while recognizing and honoring our differences) as we look at the potential for the birth of one or more inclusive expressions of Methodism inside and/or outside of the current UMC, develop our vision for a justice-oriented Methodist denomination(s), and the pathway(s) to achieving it.
Discussion topics/presentations may include (agenda agailable in early August):
- Summary of Conversations happening around the denomination
- Debrief on Annual Conference elections, resolutions, and other actions
- Value of resistance
- Practicality of liberation through UMC legislation
- Potential new methods of connection
- What would an LGBTQ justice network really look like?
- The roots of oppression
- Impact of disaffiliation (Church and/or AC)
Our goal is to open lines of communications across the annual conferences, share the information that we have at this point, and use the power of our collective visioning to inform the work we all do.
For those unable to travel that weekend, we plan to livestream at least some of the discussion, so stay tuned.