The long-awaited Special Session of the General Conference has finished its work. This special session was convened to decide our denomination’s stance on human sexuality. As you may already know, the delegates chose the Traditional Plan rather than the One Church Plan that was overwhelmingly supported by the Council of Bishops.
The One Church Plan would have given space for clergy, all churches (no matter what their stand on human sexuality), and annual conferences to be in ministry consistent with their own convictions. This was defeated.
Instead, the Traditional Plan was approved. It not only affirms what is presently in the Book of Discipline about homosexuality but places far more restrictions and penalties on clergy performing weddings for same gender couples, and tightens the existing restrictions on ordination.
If you would like more information, please consider attending one of the following debriefing sessions across the Conference:
• Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 am - Orland Park: Faith UMC, 15101 S 80th Ave., Orland Park.
• Saturday, March 30 at 2 pm - Barrington UMC, 98 Algonquin Rd., Barrington.
Sunday, March 31 at 3 pm - Oregon UMC, 200 S. 4th St., Oregon.