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Message from Rev. Herb Taylor
Hello from Herb,
As we continue to move through the summer, I thought I would provide a brief update on the continued and ongoing response across United Methodism to the vote of the delegates of the UMC General Conference in March. Harvard-Epworth and the United Methodist Church in New England has made it clear that no vote by delegates of a General Conference changes our belief in a fully loving God and place as a fully inclusive church. As the months have unfolded, it is clear that much of United Methodism thinks the same.
Since our New England Annual Conference met in June, all the other Annual Conferences have met. I am glad to say that many, like New England, have rejected the Traditional Plan voted in at the General Conference and in various ways have pledged non-conformity to the restrictive and vilifying language within the Traditional Plan. You can read more about the results of some of these Annual Conferences by going to this article from UM News click here
It is also the case that this reaction by UM regional bodies, as well as the Council of Bishops, to the Traditional Plan dominates the upcoming agenda of the official United Methodist “court.” The Judicial Council will meet Oct. 29-Nov.1 and has a docket full of requests that attempt to lead our denomination toward a more progressive future. You can read more about this in this this article
So, through this yearning for justice and a beloved community, God is still at work within United Methodism. There is still much to discuss and decide upon, and no one knows where things will ultimately lead. In New England, an “Open Spirit Task Force” has formed and is meeting to decide on our official response. Locally, nationally, and internationally, clergy and laity are at work framing a future. To stay up to date, you can subscribe to the United Methodist News Service this site
Grace and peace,
Rev. Herb Taylor
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
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