* Report of the Task Force on Homosexuality and the Unity of the Church (deleted or expired 2012)
WHEREAS, The United Methodist Church has struggled for many years over the issue of homosexuality, and
WHEREAS, the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (GCCUIC) remains committed to pursuing unity within the church as a gift and calling of God, and
WHEREAS, the 2000 General Conference directed the GCCUIC to lead the church in dialogue on issues related to homosexuality and the unity of the church (Resolution Number 29, Book of Resolutions 2000, page 134), and
WHEREAS, the 2000 General Conference directed the GCCUIC to report on this work within The United Methodist Church; and
WHEREAS, the GCCUIC has been privileged to listen to the hopes, fears, concerns, and suggestions of hundreds of persons across The United Methodist Church, and
WHEREAS, the GCCUIC has worked to create open, grace-filled spaces for persons with contending viewpoints to learn to know each other authentically, to explore divergent understandings through prayerful and civil dialogue, and whenever possible, to experience healing and reconciliation, and has developed models that promote this kind of grace-filled and civil dialogue, and
WHEREAS, the GCCUIC has employed these models to engage the Council of Bishops, the General Council on Ministries, representatives of the five national racial/ethnic caucuses of The United Methodist Church, as well as youth and young adults in productive conversations; and has developed resources for dialogue in local churches, districts, and annual conferences, and
WHEREAS, the GCCUIC was directed by the 2000 General Conference to forgo any advocacy on this issue at the 2004 General Conference related to the position or language of The Book of Discipline,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church receives the report of the Task Force on Homosexuality and the Unity of the Church of the GCCUIC and commends the report to the whole Church, and
Be it further resolved, that the 2004 General Conference encourages further dialogue throughout The United Methodist Church designed with worship at the center to lead to greater understanding, love, and care for each other, and with the hope that our struggles with these concerns will take a more civil character to the benefit of us all.
RESOLUTION #35, 2004 BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
See Social Principles, ¶ 161F.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.