Dear Friends in Christ,
As you know, COVID-19 and its effects have prevented the United Methodist Church from holding a General Conference for the past two years. The General Conference is the primary decision-making body of the global Church, and many had hoped that the Conference would clarify a way forward in the midst of denominational disagreement regarding the issue of human sexuality. However, the Commission on General Conference has announced that the assembly is postponed to 2024. You can read their full announcement here and Bishop Schnase’s response here.
One thing that has become apparent over the last two years is that the Church is not dependent upon General Conference to do ministry – and do it well. And so while the Commission’s decision is a difficult one, it does not change our way forward as Alamo Heights United Methodist Church.
We are still committed to welcoming all people, inviting them into a relationship with Jesus Christ, and nurturing them on the path of discipleship over the course of their lives.
We are still sharing the love of Christ with our neighbors through acts of solidarity, charity, and mercy.
We are still a faith community rooted in grace, living into Christ’s ongoing call to holiness.
We are still a diverse community dedicated to the proposition that we may not think alike in all things, but we may love alike by the power of the Holy Spirit.
And we are still a Christian community of love, hope, and belonging for all.
Our world needs the Good News of Jesus Christ more than ever before. We are surrounded by neighbors who long for grace, peace, and healing. Our ministry is vital, and I pray you will continue the good work you are doing. I also trust that you will join me in praying for our denominational leaders and for the global mission of the United Methodist Church in the ongoing effort to find a grace-filled way forward together.
In Christ’s love,
Rev. Holly H. Gotelli