The General Conference of the United Methodist Church gathers every four years from around the world to pray, discern, and decide about all issues that affect our denomination. In 2016 it was the last time they gathered to update our Book of Discipline, the instrument we may find all the guidelines that rules our denomination, including the local church life. During the last General Conference, it was brought up to the consciousness of all the delegates, a very important issue of our times that involves one of the evangelical principles; inclusiveness that is one neurological principle of our denomination. The issue I am referring to is concerning human sexuality.
Since this is an issue that needs more wisdom and plenty of time to seek and to discern all the points of view, the Council of Bishops proposed and made a motion to the 2016 General Conference reps to delegate the study of this very important issue to a special team of 32 leaders and scholars around the world. The Commission on a Way Forward, whom were responsible to bring all the parties and visions that affect our conceptions in that matter, and then, to bring them, into a Special Session for discernment, discussion, and to be decided on that purpose. After that motion passed, the Council of Bishops called the Special Session that will be held on February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. In the last Summer-Fall, the Commission on a Way Forward report had been presented to every Annual Conference and you may find it in this website (www.umc.org). This event is less than a month away. Now I am respectfully asking you, during this month to pray for wisdom and love for all the delegates attending this Special Session, and for all the United Methodist Churches around the world in this moment of transition. May God’s will be done for the sake of the unity of the United Methodist Church, and to pursue the unity of Christ’s church like Jesus says here, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21 NIV)