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Bishop Easterling has endorsed the One Church Plan.
Why does she support it?
 
The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church had recommended that the Church vote o either of three plans to deal with the question on the church's position on homosexuality: "Traditional", "One Church" and "Connectional Conference".  The plans have been discussed over the last several months.  Detailed on each are explained on www.bwmcumc.org.

Bishop Easterling stands with the more than 80 percent majority of the Council of Bishops who endorsed the One Church Plan. She has said it is her belief that homosexuality should not be a litmus test over who should be called United Methodist. “We can maintain our unity beyond differing understandings of God’s intention for human sexuality,” she said. “The One Church Plan would allow us to do just that. It does not require unanimity of belief or action, but does permit contextualization and allows persons to follow their theological convictions and conscience.”
 
She went on to say: “What the Bible does or does not say concerning homosexuality has been debated ad nauseum. Biblical scholars on all sides of the debate have conducted exegetical, historical, and doctrinal analyses and arrived at differing conclusions. 
 
in our history we once supported slavery and prevented the ordination of women. Both of those beliefs were justified by deeply held interpretations of Scripture that we no longer accept. In other words, we have sometimes been wrong about scriptural interpretations.
Is it not possible that we are wrong again?”
 
A key factor in the One Church Plan is that those who do believe it is wrong would not be required to perform same-sex marriages, ordain or appoint gay or lesbian pastors. 
A commentary with her thoughts is online at www.bwcumc.org/newsand-views/a-word-from-the-bishopwe-can-remain-together-why-isupport-the-one-church-plan/
WHAT SHOULD CONGREGATIONS DO TO PREPARE FOR THE FEBRUARY GENERAL CONFERENCE?
 
All congregations are asked to have conversations about the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and our United Methodist Church governance process so that people in the pews understand our current position. This why the CUMC Reconciliation Group started working nearly 2 years ago to host discussions about "homosexuality and the church".  More recently, the group gave “minute messages” during Sunday services on "What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality". 

A Prayer initiative also calls on United Methodists to pray for the church each day from 2:23 to 2:26 P.M.
 

Plan to attend the Way Forward Impact Luncheon on January 20, 2019 to learn more. 

 
 Another Word from the Bishop…

(Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from November 2018 of The Connection. Bishop Easterling shared this 'sacred poem' on Facebook on Oct. 27, the day of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings.  As we come to the end of the Holiday Season and begin to contemplate the 2019 New Year, let us also reflect on how we each can bring more Peace, Love, and Happiness in the face on Hatred, Instability, Racism, and senseless Killing.)
 
Before It Is Too Late
 
I do not know exactly what lies ahead; how far we will have to travel on the road of unrest.
I cannot foretell the number of bombs that will have to explode or the lives that will have to be lost before...
Before we understand that we cannot kill each other into the future we think we have imagined.
You cannot hate enough to make yourself happy.
You cannot destroy enough to make yourself feel secure.
You cannot oppress enough to make yourself feel superior.
You cannot commit enough evil to make yourself feel holy.
I do not know exactly what lies ahead; how far we will have to travel on the road of unrest.
I cannot foretell how many rights will have to be taken away, or how much progress will have to be reversed before...
Before we understand that we cannot persecute each other into the future we think we have imagined.
We cannot neglect each other enough to feel worthy.
We cannot starve each other enough to feel full.
We cannot silence one another enough to feel heard.
We cannot fragment each other enough to feel whole.
I do not know exactly what lies ahead; how far we will have to travel on the road of unrest.
I cannot foretell how many babies’ bodies will have to float on the sea of greed and vainglory before...
Before we understand that we cannot bully our way into the future we think we have imagined.
We cannot bury each other deep enough to feel alive.
We cannot rape each other enough to feel loved.
We cannot infect each other enough to feel well.
We cannot enslave one another enough to feel free.
Before it is too late may we understand that the call is coming from inside the house.
Before it is too late may we comprehend that the
Stench
Rot
Brokenness
Emptiness
Insecurity
Woundedness
Disease is from within and not without.
Erasing you will not heal me.
May we understand before it is too late. God, help us to understand before it is too late. Amen.

 
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling
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