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General Conference of the United Methodist Church, the top legislative assembly concluded on May 20

One issue of much concern which has been discussed and debated with no resolution over the past 44 years at each meeting of General Conference deals with the church’s stance stated in the Book of Discipline, on homosexuality.  As we approached this General Conference it was a concern that the church may not remain “united” but split over issues of human sexuality.  A remarkable moment occurred on May 18, when a statement was read by the Council of  Bishops which proposed a halt on bringing forward the dozens of legislative items which dealt with human sexuality, and the Council of Bishops proposed they provide leadership in this matter and will establish a commission to study every statement in The Book of Discipline which deals with human sexuality. The Council of Bishops is committed to seek solutions which will maintain church unity. To quote part of the Council of Bishops statement “we will continue to explore options to help the church live in grace with one another- including ways to avoid further complaints, trials and harm while we uphold the Discipline.” The Council of Bishops is made up of all active and retired bishops of The United Methodist Church. For more information please follow this link:  http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/umns-weekly-digest-may-20-2016 .

Submitted by Peggy Rambikur, Lay Leader

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