Laity Address Speaker Opens Up in Press Conference

Amory Peck delivers a portion of the laity address at General Conference

“I know that people want to stop talking about this issue and I would like to stop talking about it too because I would like for all to welcomed to the church and to ordination…regardless of sexual orientation.” Amory Peck, one of the three speakers who offered the Laity address this morning, shared before a room of reporters at General Conference this morning.

Though Peck did call the church to inclusivity, she did not speak to the issues of sexual orientation during her address. When asked by the United Methodist Reporter why she did not speak to the issue in her speech, she replied, “It’s an incredible honor to be selected…I excluded it because I feel certain that my manuscript would not have been chosen.”

A team of conference lay leaders, under the auspices of the General Board of Discipleship, worked through applications from laity in conferences around the world. The assignment was to share stories of personal discipleship that included sharing their own story of transformation.

“I highly doubt that [content about sexual orientation] would have played a part.” responded Steve Horswell-Johnston of General Board of Discipleship.

Rev. Mike Baughman is a United Methodist elder, social media coach and special contributor to the United Methodist Reporter.

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