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To: People who stand for inclusivity.
Stand with Young People in Supporting LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in The United Methodist Church
We invite you to add your voice to assert, with the young people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, that LGBTQIA+ siblings are beloved children of God; that you recognize their pain; and that you, too, call for a church that truly has open hearts, open minds, and open doors.
Why is this important?
While the statement summarized here was originated by the youth and young adults of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, and originally presented for signatures during a young people’s ministry event in Sacramento, California on March 9, 2019, we believe it speaks for many others, both within and outside the conference and The United Methodist Church, who are disturbed by the church’s continued rejection of inclusive language toward LGBTQIA+ persons – and, in the case of the most recent action, the imposition of more punitive measures against non-compliant clergy.
Our LGBTQIA+ siblings are beloved children of God, whose gifts are vital to the life of the church. We recognize that for many who identify as LGBTQIA+, church is a refuge. Consequences of rejection include (but are not limited to) mental health issues, homelessness, and suicide.
We call for our beloved Church to act, and we will be ready to act alongside you, living out our founder John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules: “Do no harm. Do Good. Stay in love with God.”