|A Note from Church Council Chair, Charles McKinzie
I know many of you have been toiling with where we find the United Methodist denomination after the events in Saint Louis a few weeks back. It’s increasingly apparent that while votes have been tallied, the debate is far from over. The only thing I can state with certainty is that there are a great number of people hurting both within the UMC and outside.
Many of you have reached out to me since the decision to ask “What do we do now?” The short answer is we continue to be Grace. We will continue to be a place which follows our mission of “Welcoming all. Growing in Grace. Sharing God’s Love on Campus, in our Community and in our World.” Days ahead, however, may require us to reevaluate how we live out this call. The Disciplineinstructs Council to “envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church.”
It is in the understanding of these duties that I realize we must begin the process of discerning where Grace is so we may prayerfully provide direction, if needed, in the months ahead.
Council will be meeting next week to discuss the most effective way to do this work. It is my intention that we develop a process by which you, People of Grace, can be heard.
For 40 years this subject has caused hurt and harm inside and outside the UMC. I don’t expect that this changes overnight. What I do know is that Grace UMC has a history. A history of welcoming. A history of service. A history of radical Wesleyan-inspired-Jesus-powered love. That won’t change; not in 10,000 years.
With your input we will prayerfully discern our way forward and make sure Grace United Methodist Church speaks with the Prophetic voice she always has.
Your humble servant,
Charles L. McKinzie II
Chairperson, Church Council