Feb 23-26, 2019 St Louis, Missouri. The Special Session of the General Conference approved what’s called “The Traditionalist Plan” regarding the place and participation of GLBTQI persons in the United Methodist Church. That plan further excludes and stigmatizes GLBTQI persons and would punish churches and clergy who welcome such persons into full participation in the church, and allow and participate in wedding ceremonies for such persons … This is not the way Spirit of Hope Church is moving.
SOH Responds to the Special Session of the General Conference in St Louis
In the wake of the 2019 Special General Conference Session…
We will not be the church that says Jesus loves you, but we don’t.
We will not be the church that says we celebrate an open table, but not really.
We will not be the church that claims open hearts, open minds, open doors with our fingers crossed.
We will not be the church of a Jesus who says, “You’re all invited and welcome at my table, but some of you should be ashamed when you come – and you know who you are!”
We will not be the church that claims to follow Jesus – who was crucified by the angry, fearful, ignorant, arrogant powers he called out – and then align ourselves with those very powers as we crucify our GLBTQI sisters and brothers and all who would love and welcome them.
We will not be a church that claims the good news of God’s love for all and then denies that news to those who hunger for it most.
We WILL be a church that proclaims and lives, as best we can, the love of God in Christ for all people, regardless, because we trust in a God who brings life out of death, joy out of despair, and hope when the darkness is deep.
The Light still shines in the darkness; Christ is risen; God is with us; all are still and always welcome here, in the name and spirit of Christ.
And we WILL be a church that…
Jeff Hansen, Spirit of Hope UMC
February 27, 2019
In an age where thoughts on life and church abound, what is it that identifies us as “Spirit of Hope?”
Everyone at Spirit of Hope is a Minister of the Gospel ~ In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your acts of kindness, and give glory to your God. Matthew 5:16
The United Methodist Mission ~ The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Statement of Call ~ We are called by God to be a radically inclusive, caring community of faith – offering personal and social transformation though Jesus Christ.
Reconciling Statement ~ We are a reconciling congregation welcoming people of all sexual orientations.
- People who try to be accepting, caring, hospitable, inclusive, family-oriented, and community aware.
- People who are concerned about those beyond their communities around the world. Active in mission, and responsive.
- People who love music, church suppers, and a sense of community. Initiators, with a history of creating ministries related to education, employment, health, and other issues.
- People who like to tell the story of God’s redeeming grace.