Norwegian Response to GC2019
Final week, 88 professing members from 15 distinctive congregations in the Norwegian Annual Conference (pastors, deacons and lay members of Metodistkirken I Norge) have presented formal legislation to the Norwegian Annual Conference 2019, that “The Annual Conference 2019 establishes a committee that will present to the annual conference 2021, doable option models that give LGBTQ + persons the very same chance to enter into marriage and to serve in the Methodist Church in Norway, on the very same basis as other members of the church.” In addition to the 88, a petition is circulating on the net exactly where members and pals of the church can assistance the proposal. This petition has so far gathered 135 names, and it will continue till the AC begins in the middle of June.
Even though the numbers may well be not impressive
Legislation to the 2019 Norwegian Annual Conference
BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSAL:
Primarily based on our interpretation of the Bible, and with the assistance of private knowledge, we sincerely think that God currently blesses
Just after the Common Conference in St. Louis, we recognize that the Methodist Church in Norway, by means of its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, should reside with the church’s existing attitude to homosexual practices, and continue to refuse marriage and ordination of LGBTQ + persons.
Mainly because we think this is an assault on LGBTQ + persons inside and outdoors the church,
… since we think this is contrary to the fundamental message of the Church of God’s really like for, and acceptance of, all mankind produced God’s image,
… since we think this is in the way of the Methodist Church getting capable to
WE PRESENT THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL to the Methodist Church’s Annual Conference 2019:
The annual conference 2019 establishes a committee that will present to the annual conference 2021 doable option models that give LGBTQ + persons the very same chance to enter into marriage and to serve in the Methodist Church in Norway, on the very same basis as other members of the church.
The committee’s mandate is to recognize what possibilities the Norwegian Methodist churches have to realize this, inside or outdoors the United Methodist Church, and to market concrete proposals. The committee will also describe how the Norwegian Annual Conference, if needed, can leave the United Methodist Church. The Committee shall assess the consequences of the many options, organizationally and economically.
In its function, the committee will maintain itself informed of
The committee will consist of 3 ordained (
The committee will function with the greatest doable openness and transparency. To maintain expenses down, comprehensive use of digital communication is essential, but the committee really should be provided a framework that permits up to 3 open
We are seeing a increasing tide of these now:
Our worldwide church has some critical choices to make if it desires to continue to be a worldwide 1.
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