WJ Mission Cabinet Endorses One Church Plan
On September 10 the Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet released the following message in support of the One Church Plan for The United Methodist Church. Here is their statement:
We are informed by Our Theological Task3 which reminds us that such work is critical and constructive, individual and communal, contextual and incarnational, and is essentially practical.
We claim this uniquely United Methodist process which requires us to stay in relationship and dialogue with God and one another every day as a sign of our faithfulness. As children of God, we have travelled together with Jesus Christ, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to a place of full inclusion of all persons in the fellowship and ministry of the church. We are committed to the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the church now and as we move forward.
At the same time, we recognize that the Annual Conferences, clergy, churches, and other ministry settings we serve are not all of one mind about these matters. We affirm our unity in Christ and commit ourselves to living together as one body, though we do not all understand God’s will for the human family in the same way.
We believe this plan provides a vision big enough to hold the diversity that grows out of our theological task, creating generous space for us to live our conscience faithfully as we follow Jesus, holding to a covenant of mission that binds us together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata
Rev. Donna M. L. Pritchard
1 Western Jurisdiction Vision Statement, adopted 2004. http://westernjurisdictionumc.org/about/vision-statement/
2Commission on a Way Forward Final Report, section on “Vision,” page 6 http://s3.amazonaws.com/Website_Properties/council-of- bishops/news_and_statements/documents/Way_Forward_Report_-_Final_-_ENGLISH.pdf
3 “Our Theological Task,” The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016, ¶ 105, Section 4, p. 81
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