How is our District Engaging with Discussions about Cohabitation and Same-Sex Marriage?
Please pray for one another, and for our church in this process of discernment and decision making. The Methodist website provides some prayer resources for each day of the week here.
2. Provisional Legislation
The Methodist Conference 2019 voted for provisional legislation which would change our approach to marriage and relationships. This was through a report called: God in Love Unites Us. As a result we are now consulting across the District in preparation for a vote at our Synod on 25th April 2020.
The vote will be on five resolutions as set out in this document.
Our votes and responses will then go forward to Methodist Conference 2020 for a final decision.
Our conversations will seek to achieve two things:
a full open conversation between people coming from different perspectives;
to inform the District Synod of the range of views within the District.
We have trained a number of people to facilitate these conversations. You can access various documents and study guides below.
Find the full report here: God in Love Unites Us
Or in large print here: God in Love Unites Us (Large Print)
And here is the official Methodist Church study guide: God in Love Unites Us Study Guide
Cumbria District have produced an extended study guide which includes some helpful resources for looking at what Biblical sources about marriage and relationships have to say. Find their study guide here.
We will be holding a study day on the way we use the Bible, led by Prof Clive Marsh, Head of the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning, Leicester University, and current Vice-President of the Methodist Conference on Saturday 22nd February 2020. Further details here.
Other resources are available from the Methodist Church in Britain website here: Marriage and Relationships resources
Groups within our District conversing about the report are encouraged to provide a summary of their discussion using the proforma attached here.
If you as in individual would find it difficult to make a contribution in a group meeting, maybe because you are anxious about expressing your opinions in a setting where they may not be understood, are welcome being able to make a personal response using the form here.
All responses from groups or individuals should be sent to Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 6th March at the latest.