Norwegian Response to GC2019
Last week, 88 professing members from 15 different 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, possible alternative models that give LGBTQ + persons the same opportunity to enter into marriage and to serve in the Methodist Church in Norway, on the same basis as other members of the church.” In addition to the 88, a petition is circulating on the web where members and friends of the church can support the proposal. This petition has so far gathered 135 names, and it will continue until the AC starts in the middle of June.
While the numbers may be not impressive
Legislation to the 2019 Norwegian Annual Conference
BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSAL:
Based on our interpretation of the Bible, and with the support of personal experience, we sincerely believe that God already blesses
After the General Conference in St. Louis, we realize that the Methodist Church in Norway, through its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, must live with the church’s current attitude to homosexual practices, and continue to refuse marriage and ordination of LGBTQ + persons.
Because we believe this is an assault on LGBTQ + people inside and outside the church,
… because we believe this is contrary to the basic message of the Church of God’s love for, and acceptance of, all mankind created God’s image,
… because we believe this is in the way of the Methodist Church being able 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 possible alternative models that give LGBTQ + persons the same opportunity to enter into marriage and to serve in the Methodist Church in Norway, on the same basis as other members of the church.
The committee’s mandate is to identify what opportunities the Norwegian Methodist churches have to achieve this, within or outside the United Methodist Church, and to promote concrete proposals. The committee will also describe how the Norwegian Annual Conference, if necessary, can leave the United Methodist Church. The Committee shall assess the consequences of the various alternatives, organizationally and economically.
In its work, the committee will keep itself informed of
The committee will consist of three ordained (
The committee will work with the greatest possible openness and transparency. To keep costs down, extensive use of digital communication is required, but the committee should be given a framework that allows up to three open
We are seeing a rising tide of these now:
Our global church has some serious decisions to make if it wants to continue to be a global one.
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