Pastoral Letters to the Congregation
First Pastoral Letter 2020 General Conference
Dear Grand Rapids United Methodist Church family,
This coming May our Minnesota Annual Conference will be hosting the 2020 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. This is a world-wide denominational conference made up of delegates elected from each and all Annual Conferences around the world. At the General Conference, there will be votes and actions taken concerning the LGBTQ issue. My wish is that we, together as a congregation, are as well informed as possible on the many proposals being considered.
Right now, as of the first of January 2020, we are under the “Traditional Plan” as voted on at the Special General Conference in St. Louis in Feb. 2019. In this plan, Gay & Lesbian clergy can not be ordained nor can any clergy in our tradition perform a same-sex marriage.