Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky’s General Conference Blog
Installment 5 | February 26, 2019
After a discouraging heart-breaking day yesterday when the General Conference chose NOT to move forward rejecting the One Church Plan in favor of the Traditional Plan to cling to the church’s policies of exclusion and marginalization of LGBTQ people.
At 8 pm last night, nearly 200 people gathered at a spontaneous gathering of people from the Western Jurisdiction and friends. It was a battered but joyful multi-colored, multi-languaged, LGBTQ-friendly community that sang the songs of the faith, prayed, shared words of encouragement. The gathering became a reminder and a foretaste of the One Church we strive to become.
God bless the grass that grows through the cracks…
Today we await the judicial council decision about the constitutionality of the Traditional Plan, and a Minority Report in support of the One Church Plan. By the end of the day all petitions before the body will have been acted on, and delegates will turn toward home as the bishops prepare to meet tomorrow.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ — not even the Church!
Marilyn R. Glasscock
I, too, am saddened that our global church cannot see the way to accept all people as beloved children of God. However, I also understand how difficult it must be to try to tolerate a value that a person has been brought up to believe is a crime. If not today, then eventually. At least we have brought the issue of sexual practice and acceptance to a public hearing. I applaud that as a crack in the door of the future.