Bering Memorial United Methodist Church of Houston, Texas, convened as a Church Conference, unreservedly supports Bishop Karen Oliveto of the Mountain Sky Area. We pray that her episcopacy will be long and fruitful—resulting in many disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We give thanks for the unsilenced disciples in the Western Jurisdiction for nominating, electing, consecrating, and assigning Bishop Oliveto.

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” [Luke 19:39–40]

We vehemently disagree with the South Central Jurisdiction’s over-hasty Petition for Declaratory Decision from the Judicial Council concerning the Western Jurisdiction’s action. We would have preferred that they wait for the Commission on a Way Forward to complete its work and present their results at General Conference.

Likewise, we vehemently disagree with the Judicial Council’s Decision 1341 on that Petition. We strongly agree with the dissents to that Decision. The Council should also have waited for the Commission to finish its work.

We challenge the United Methodist Church to come out of the closet and acknowledge that same sex and transgender relationships are holy unions that are not solely based on sexual acts. These unions are worthy of full inclusion in the church. Homosexuality is not incompatible with Jesus’ teachings.

There is no law against such things. [Galatians 5:23b]

We totally reject groups that purport to have the one and only correct interpretation of scripture and church doctrine, an interpretation that narrows our focus, limiting our ability to serve our fellow Christians. This is detrimental to the general forward movement of the church.

We encourage The United Methodist Church at large to include and accept the LGBTQ community at large, without reservation, to our overall betterment. We, the Church Conference of Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, stand as an inclusive, reconciling body to all who God sends to us. Let us accept each other. This is our prayer.

Bering Memorial United Methodist Church proclaims that all people are created in the image of God and affirm that each person, regardless of age, economic status, faith history, ethnicity, gender, mental or physical ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identification, is a beloved child of God and worthy of God’s love and grace.

We support the full participation of all persons in every phase of church life. Through education and informal discussion, we will strive to better understand those who are different from ourselves to bring about a more accepting society.

We recognize ourselves to be a reconciling congregation within The Texas Annual Conference and choose to officially associate ourselves with the Reconciling Ministries Network within the United Methodist Church. We see this network as a sign of hope and through this association offer our witness to other congregations within our denomination to foster the spirit of reconciliation and movement toward inclusiveness.

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