Morning Worship with Bishop Dyck
Bishop Dyck preached a powerful sermon on mercy in opening worship. The Bishop brought in a range of topics ranging from the LGBTQ community, gun violence, and the need for racial justice in the church saying:
“Our church is structured on racism. We we encounter each other in this place, especially because we don’t know each other, racism is in the very air that we breathe as we do our work together. Why is racism not declared incompatible with Christian teaching?”
The sermon was met with mass applause and much of the room standing in support.
Hundreds of people gathered for the Immigration Vigil with the Love Your Neighbor Coalition and MARCHA (Metodistas Representando la Causa de Hispano-Americanos) around noon on Friday, May 13 to call for an end to deportations and to stop separating families. The Rev. Rosanna Panizo, academic dean of the Methodist Seminary in Peru, to the group that, “Love Your Neighbor is not an option. It’s a commandment. Not to love is a sin. Christ is calling us to be neighbors to immigrants.” The crowds chanted, “Si se puede!” while many additional representatives from the church addressed those who gathered, including Bishop Carcaño.
Legislative Committee Updates
Legislative committees continued to meet on Friday with mixed results, but many positive moves forward. Petitions to amend the Book of Discipline in regard to marriage and ordination successfully passed through legislative committees. The Faith & Order subcommittee voted to delete paragraph 304.3 from the Book of Discipline. A “Third Way” petition on marriage passed committee and a petition on teen sexual identity and suicide risk passed subcommittee.
Petition to remove paragraph 341.6, “Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches” from the UM Book of Discipline fails in legislative committee by 1 vote.
Legislative committee and subcommittee votes are not a long-term indication of results one way or another. Nothing will be final until legislation is considered on the plenary floor next week – most likely beginning on Tuesday.
Indigo Girls Benefit Show
Over 750 people packed the venue Friday night to the sold-out benefit show with Indigo Girls, J Mase III, and Mama’s Boyz! Emily and Amy shared some very special messages for our attendees and definitely rocked the house!
- Rev. Mike Tupper and Rev. Frank Schaefer bring “Tent Night” to General Conference
- Rev. Dr. Dorotee Benz shares about being silenced on the plenary floor
- 500+ LGBTQ clergy and faith leaders show support for the 111 clergy who came out in The UMC
- Rev. Gregory Gross shares why he joined the 111 #CalledOUT clergy
- To be black, queer, and United Methodist
- Are Africans Grown? A Response to Bishop Minerva Carcanó “Dealing with ‘Wounded’ United Methodist Church”
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