Statement from the Susquehanna Conference
The following information is what we know at this time in regards to the developments of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.
The United Methodist Church is a global, connectional, and very diverse church, the voting delegates at 2019 Special Session of General Conference represented the whole of the United Methodist Church's global community.
At the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, the Traditional Plan was passed by a majority of the delegates to General Conference.
The Traditional Plan maintains the current language around sexuality. Restricting the ordination of LGBTQ persons and restricting clergy from officiating and churches from hosting same-gender weddings.
The Traditional Plan also increases accountability by streamlining the processes to enforce penalties for violations of The Book of Discipline related to marriage and ordination of LGBTQ persons.
However, several petitions that make up the Traditional Plan were ruled to be unconstitutional by the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church.
We do not have the full plan at this moment, and what is included in the final plan will be known after the Judicial Council rules on those petitions and their constitutionality. The Judicial Council’s next meeting will be April 23-26, 2019.
The United Methodist Church is still following the current 2016 Book of Discipline, the changes that were voted on are to go into effect on January 1, 2020.
Shawn M. Gilgore
Director of Communications Ministry
Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church