Called to Witness
Don’t You Think Everyone Should be Welcome in The United Methodist Church? Find Out How You Can Help Make This a Reality
This year at annual conference, there will be a vote on an important and historic amendment to the UM Constitution that will ensure that the United Methodist Church is committed to being an inclusive church. On May 2nd, 2008, at a session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church held in Fort Worth, Texas, the following constitutional amendment was made by a recorded vote of 558 Yes, 276 No. It will be presented to the Annual Conferences for vote in 2009.
The amended Paragraph 4, Article IV of the Constitution is as follows:
Inclusiveness of the Church – The United Methodist Church is a part of the church universal, which is one Body in Christ. The United Methodist Church acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth and that we are in ministry to all. All persons shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, and upon baptism be admitted as baptized members. All persons, upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith and relationship in Jesus Christ, shall be eligible to become professing members in any local church in the connection. In the United Methodist Church no conference or other organizational unit of the Church shall be structured so as to exclude any member or any constituent body of the Church because of race, color, national origin, status of economic condition.
In other words, “all means all”! All people are welcome in the United Methodist Church!
In order to become a part of the constitution, voting members of annual conferences will be voting on the amendment this year. The amendment is adopted if it receives two-third of the majority vote from throughout the global church. It would become effective January 1, 2010.
The Reconciling Ministries Network has implemented a grassroots organizational plan to pass the amendment to Article IV: Called to Witness. Called to Witness utilizes a strategy of building one-on-one relationships through the telling of personal stories. The stories are told in a way to find common values with one another as we seek to create a church that is fully inclusive. We will be holding a training in which attendees will learn how to tell their stories to effect change in the Church.
This training will be Saturday, March 14, 1009 from 10am to 4pm at the United Methodist Conference Center in W. Sacramento. Tiffany Steinwert, a national trainer from Reconciling Ministries Network will be leading this training. If you would like to be a part of making the United Methodist Church more inclusive through personal story telling, please reserve a space. The training is free and lunch is provided.
To reserve a space or for more information, please call or email: Robin Ridenour, Member of the Conference Committee on Reconciliation (CCOR) 650-270-4801, RRide2000@aol.com or Chris Allan (also a CCOR member) at 916-457-4525, firstname.lastname@example.org. Training will be held at The United Methodist Conference Center, 1276 Halyard Dr., West Sacramento, CA 95691.