Congratulations to The United Methodist Church on the historic votes taken at the recent General Conference to reverse the longstanding ban on LGBTQIA+ clergy. This legislative action, among others, represents significant movement toward a more open and inclusive church for LGBTQIA+ people.

The adopted measures include the elimination of prohibitions on annual conferences and agencies supporting LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups, the removal of rules mandating church leaders to investigate and penalize gay clergy, the permission to appoint gay clergy across conference lines, and the implementation of a moratorium on judicial proceedings related to the UMC’s restrictions on LGBTQIA+ clergy and same-sex weddings.

Thanks be to God for the denomination’s continued progress in fostering a church that fully welcomes LGBTQIA+ persons in every aspect of life and ministry. We pray that God grants wisdom and guidance to all people working toward a church that truly reflects the boundless nature of God’s love.