2017 Suggested Annual Conference Resolutions

The Western Methodist Justice Movement has written two resolutions for use in the June 2017 Annual Conference sessions in the Western Juristiction. These are in response to the Judicial Council ruling and the upcoming special called General Conference in 2019.

The resolutions are available for download in two formats: DOCX for recent versions of Microsoft Word and DOC for older versions. You will need to modify them for the format needs of your Annual Conference, and then read your Conference Journal for the rules regarding bringing items to the conference for consideration after the published deadline for petitions.

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Support Outreach Work in Africa

 Outreach in Africa by LYNC and ICON
ICON is a unique education program that aims to bring the world together through service and music. The combination of international travel, service learning, leadership development and performing arts offers students an unparalleled experience and a pathway to make a difference in the world, one community at a time. In partnership with the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) hospitality committee and San Francisco State University, ICON will visit and perform in South Africa and Zimbabwe (Africa University, United Theological Seminary Zimbabwe etc…) as peaceful ambassadors to strengthen existing partnerships and establish new relationships, in an effort to bridge the gap between progressives and conservatives through music. The hope is that some joint nonpolitical music will bring enough healing to both sides of the debate to have honest discussions about how we can move forward as global connectional church. An offering was taken to fund the cost of the trip at the concert Sunday afternoon at the Rise Up! Conference.

You can designate your gift "ICON choir" or  "LYNC International Hospitality" in the field, "Add a message to Cal-Pac MFSA."

You are invited to contribute to outreach and organizing work in Africa by the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC).  At the WMJM website, you can donate to WMJM with a note designating your gift for LYNC. Donate with this button:


A Call to Stand Together: Mountain Sky Area Vital Congregations Sustentation Fund

(from RMCUMC.org and WesternJurisdictionUMC.org)

Mountain Sky Conference Area
We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord.
We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord.
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.
Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.
Peter Scholtes, 1966*

A Call to Stand Together
Please support the Mountain Sky Area
Vital Congregations Sustentation Fund

With the election, consecration, and appointment of Bishop Karen Oliveto this summer, the Western Jurisdiction crossed a new threshold in our search to live into being the church we believe God is calling us to be – a church embracing all of God’s children and empowering every follower to fully live into their God-given vocation. Those gathered in Arizona felt the Spirit at work as they decided to elect and consecrate our denomination’s first openly lesbian Bishop. In doing so, we pledged to stand together and support one another in this continuing work.

We now invite you to stand with us supporting congregations and brother and sister pastors in need. We seek your prayers and your monetary gifts.

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What's Happening: Walter Scott

By Rev. Frank Wulf

Walter Scott ran away from North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager… that much is clear. What is also clear is that Slager shot Scott multiple times in the back before planting a taser near Scott’s dying body. What is NOT clear is that Scott ever put Slager’s life into any real jeopardy. Although Scott and Slager briefly struggled, the only evidence that Scott was the aggressor during that altercation or that he ever even grabbed Slager’s taser comes from Slager’s personal testimony in his own defense.

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