On March 16, 2022 the Church Council of Eastport United Methodist Church sent a letter to Bishop Easterling expressing their discontent and disappointment with the postponement of the General Conference. This postponement means the worldwide legislative body for the United Methodist Church will not convene until 2024 to vote on the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.
Our lay leader Michael Keller received a response on March 30 from the Bishop this week in which she shares her disappointment with the postponement. However, the Bishop and the Council of Bishops respect the decision of The Commission on the General Conference.
The Bishop shares this sentiment in her letter as well: "This does not in any way deny the pain and frustration of those who desire a church no longer embroiled in theological division and restrictive rules. I have the same longing and desire. And, I believe the words of Galatians 6:9 can give us inspiration, 'Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.'" You can view the whole response attached to this post below.
While this is frustrating, we must keep our present work in the local church ahead of us. The local church is where our welcome and embrace is made known to the world. I am grateful for the ways Christ is leading us and pray that we remain true to our values of deep faith, inclusivity, compassion, and social justice. As always, if you have any questions, you can reach out to Pastor Chris, our Admin Council Chair Jill Peddicord, or our Lay Leader Michael Keller.
Grace and peace,