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Human Sexuality 1: 4 Views (Formerly, the Sugar Packet Analogy)

Developed by Rev. Ashley Morgan Kirk, High School Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, Leawood Campus and Elder in the Missouri Conference. A tool to help local church members understand the UMC denominational conversation around human sexuality. These are four predominant views within the UMC. There are many perspectives that fall beyond these basic descriptions, but it may serve as a starting point for local church conversations. There are two file types - one that includes more description around progressive and traditionalist viewpoints. Again, no description is all-encompassing of a theological perspective. This resource is meant to serve as a conversation starter.

Human Sexuality 2: 4 Views (Formerly, the Sugar Packet Analogy)

Developed by Rev. Ashley Morgan Kirk, High School Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, Leawood Campus and Elder in the Missouri Conference. A tool to help local church members understand the UMC denominational conversation around human sexuality. These are four predominant views within the UMC. There are many perspectives that fall beyond these basic descriptions, but it may serve as a starting point for local church conversations. There are two file types - one that includes more description around progressive and traditionalist viewpoints. Again, no description is all-encompassing of a theological perspective. This resource is meant to serve as a conversation starter.

GC2019 FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about GC2019 and its outcome.

Bishop's GC2019 Q-and-A Webinar

What just happened? What does it mean for us? Bishop Farr holds a question and answer session focused on the Special Called Session of General Conference.

GC2019: Sample pastoral letter to the congregation

Pastors of United Methodist churches are seeing a wide range of reactions to General Conference within their congregation. Some church members may need time to heal from emotional wounds while others may be concerned about the potential effects on their congregation. United Methodist Communications is providing a sample pastor's letter to help them address these concerns. You are welcome to share this letter with your congregation or use it as a guide for formulating your own letter.

Preaching and Talking about General Conference 2019: Points for Pastors

This Sunday and in the weeks to come United Methodist pastors everywhere will be addressing their congregations about the decisions of General Conference 2019. Church members will have different reactions to the decisions and may have questions about how this will affect them or their congregation. Here are some talking points pastors may find helpful as they prepare to preach and lead discussions.

Bishop's Way Forward Conversation

Bishop Farr offers remarks and context related to the Way Forward discussion at one of his 21 regional Way Forward Conversations.

The Fine Art of Disagreement

La Croix UMC in Cape Girardeau released this original four-week biblically-based series on “The Fine Art of Disagreement” with accompanying videos and small group curriculum. Visit https://vimeo.com/showcase/5572868?fbclid=IwAR314oPnrLMLeK5JFlEpK-VOcZLaUerHIPlw5NpoddTb6_wTQ5uk-5nrqt8​ to download this FREE small group resource. “We presented this series at La Croix ahead of the special-called session of General Conference in 2019, to prepare people to handle the storm that could be ahead,” ...

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality

Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality is a video study course for small groups in congregations, campus ministries, and local and regional church leadership teams.

Overview of Proposals for General Conference 2019

At a glance comparison of the three plans submitted to the Special Session of General Conference by the Council of Bishops: Traditionalist, One Church and Connectional Conference plans.

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