General Conference 2019 Update

And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. 

Matthew 28:20

First, First Church affirms its position to welcome and celebrate as God’s beloved children, LGBTQ persons, their families, friends and allies.  We joyfully hold a place at Christ’s table for you!

Yesterday, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church passed the Traditional Plan with a vote of 438 to 384.  A slim majority of the church decided against unity (The One Church Plan) and for banning the rites of the church, ordination and marriage, for LGBTQ persons.

Several petitions within the Traditional Plan have been ruled unconstitutional by the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council and knowing this delegates passed it anyway.  The earliest the Traditional Plan would take effect is January 1, 2020.  If and when it does take effect, it will mean significant changes for the Northern Illinois Conference and First United Methodist Church.

As of now there are no changes in The United Methodist Church’s polity.

A few words from Bishop Dyck,

What do we do the day after? First we grieve. Then we go and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Making disciples means becoming incarnate love and grace to each other and our communities.

Pastor Joe and other clergy from the Elgin District will be meeting with the district superintendent tomorrow morning.  Pastor Joe will be giving a digest and answering questions after worship on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Wesley Hall.