Statement on United Methodist Church 2019 Special Session of the General Conference
March 1, 2019
This week, at a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, MO, delegates passed the Traditional Plan, which tightens the rules restricting inclusion of the LGBTQI community.
We grieve with the LGBTQI community, feel the pain of a deeply divided global church, and acknowledge the hurt that this decision brings to so many of us, our partners, and our allies.
National Justice for Our Neighbors is a witness to the life-threatening persecution that many LGBTQI immigrants face based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which propels many to flee their home countries and seek refuge in the United States.
We at National Justice for Our Neighbors remain steadfastly committed to providing immigration legal services to all immigrants and refugees, without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, ideology, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
While this is a time of difficulty and uncertainty throughout The United Methodist denomination, we are reminded of Galatians 6:9. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
National Justice for Our Neighbors is committed to continuing the good work of helping our immigrant brothers and sisters without exclusion.
Rob Rutland Brown
Chair, Board of Directors