At Frazer we are thankful for the work of the delegates to the recent Special Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church, and thankful for the many prayers that have been lifted up on behalf of our church in recent days. Although the process has been difficult, we are encouraged that our denomination has once again affirmed our historic, biblical stance toward human sexuality, maintaining our belief in the sacred worth of all persons while holding to the teachings of Jesus handed down to us in the scriptures as the highest expression of human flourishing.
From its beginnings, the Methodist movement has emphasized that the grace of God is needed by all people, and is available to all people through faith in Jesus Christ. Moreover, Methodists have believed that by grace God both welcomes us as we are, and also radically transforms us into what we were created to be. The decisions of this General Conference have positioned United Methodist churches to continue to proclaim the whole message of God’s grace: we continue to welcome all people into our faith community with love, and we continue to challenge all people to grow into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
While we are thankful for this outcome, we recognize that not everyone agrees with the teaching of our denomination as it has been reaffirmed by this General Conference, and some within our churches are deeply disappointed by this decision. The work now before us is to live in such a way that even those who disagree with us might sense the love of God in us. Our prayer is that as we humbly seek God’s grace, the Holy Spirit will renew our church in love and unity and rejuvenate the entire Methodist movement as a light to the world in Jesus’ name.
Dr. Larry Bryars will present a report on General Conference along with a Q&A time on Mar. 3 at 3:30pm in the Sanctuary, followed by a meeting of the Frazer Board of Stewards at 4:30pm.
Bishop David Graves (Alabama-West Florida Conference) will hold a regional meeting on Mar. 7, 6pm at First United Methodist Church Montgomery. See the AWF-UMC statement regarding General Conference here.