VOLUNTEER AT GC 2019 & REGISTER AS GUEST/OBSERVER
Going to St. Louis to volunteer with Reconciling Ministries Network and the Love Your Neighbor Coalition? Sign-up today with the Love Your Neighbor Coalition. Also, register as a guest/observer ($10 onsite) in order to receive a badge for access to observe the Special General Conference.
PRAYER SERVICES OR VIGILS AROUND GC 2019
We encourage congregations to hold prayer services or vigils just before, during or just after GC 2019. You might also consider holding a daily time of prayer by conference call for your congregation. If you are holding an event that others beyond your congregation would be welcome to attend, please send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll list it on our website and share via social media.
MARCH 2 - POST-GC GATHERING and VIEWING OF LIVESTREAM OF BWC EVENT
Join LGBTQ inclusion advocates for an initial debrief following the special General Conference. On the morning of Saturday, March 2, we'll live stream the 9am to noon time of time of prayer and information sharing led by Bishop LaTrelle Easterling and other leaders in the B-W Conference. In the afternoon from noon to 2pm, BWARM will host an initial debrief from the General Conference. Please bring your own lunch. RSVPs appreciated but not required.
MORE ABOUT THE SPECIAL GENERAL CONFERENCE
The United Methodist Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference in St. Louise from February 23-26, 2019. The Special General Conference gives an opportunity to the gathered delegates to reverse official denominational discrimination against LGBTQ persons.
Read the Report from the Commission on a Way Forward and relevant decisions from the Judicial Council.
Comparison chart of 3 plans (One Church, Connectional, Traditionalist), prepared by Commission on a Way Forward member Dave Nuckols
Simple Plan - An alternative proposal to those proposals brought by the Commission. The proposal eliminates all restrictions in the denomination’s Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality.
Tom Berlin’s presentation on the 3 plans in the Commission’s report, at the 2018 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.
Upcoming BWARM Meetings:
Save the Date for the following meetings, with fellowship at 9:30am (with coffee and breakfast snacks) and then worship & program, 10am-noon
March 16, 2019 (Yes, we changed the date) - Asbury UMC, 78 Church Road, Arnold, MD 21012
June 22, 2019 - Annual Meeting at B-W Conference Center in Fulton, MD
Inclusive Conversations for a Way Forward
Thanks to all who attended our one-day conference on April 7, 2018, co-sponsored by B-WC MFSA. Read a brief write-up!
Revised Policy from BoOM
On April 5, 2018, the Baltimore-Washington Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) made public its updated policy on the ordination process, stating that “[knowing] each of us is a child of God, made in God’s image, and a recipient and vehicle of God’s grace, we do not view race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or marital status as a barrier to ministry. We will not consider or evaluate sexual orientation or gender identity, nor see them to be sufficient reasons to deny a candidate’s ability to live up to our United Methodist standards.” [Read full policy in the news article linked here]
BWARM applauds the continued efforts of the BOOM, knowing the courage and discernment it took to create such a policy in the midst of The United Methodist Church and the Commission On A Way Forward’s efforts at resolving the struggle for LGBTQ justice. As Rev. Amy McCullough says in an article published on April 5, "justice delayed is justice denied."
We also know that sometimes the best intended policies still do not right the wrongs in our system. For too many LGBTQ people called to ministry in The UMC during the last 45 years, justice has been and is still denied. We give thanks for those who have answered the call to ordained ministry, and persist in that call in The UMC today. And, we pledge our continued advocacy and education for the full inclusion and affirmation of LGBTQ persons in the life of the Church.
We invite you to join us in keeping members of the BOOM and its leadership in prayer, along with all the 17 candidates for commissioning and 13 candidates for ordination, who will be presented to the Baltimore-Washington Conference’s Clergy Executive Session on May 30.
The Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists seek to affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and ensure the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the ministry and life of the United Methodist Church, particularly in the Baltimore-Washington Conference.