Recently Read: North Georgia Annual Conference amends LGBTQ people out of resolution on suicide and homelessness


On Thursday June 9, Shanna Jackson from Grace United Methodist Church in Covington, GA addressed the North Georgia Annual Conference with these vital questions for the church before a vote on the resolution to support an end to suicide and homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning youth.
Shanna shared,
“In The United Methodist Church, the rationale for our mission of ‘making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world’ is that the best way for us to go about achieving this mission is by ‘exemplifying Jesus’ command to love God and neighbors.’
With this knowledge, I have some questions to ask of this conference.

If the most important commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, being and mind, then I’m curious to know how exactly we will show this love by refusing to provide help and support and staying silent about the issues that plague our neighbors.

Will we remain silent about the struggle of those that are transitioning into adulthood because we do not agree with their sexual orientation or gender identity? Will we allow them to be placed into slavery through the human trafficking industry? Will we silently condone these exploitations of sex? Through our lack of action, will we encourage hopelessness and depression to those youth that are discriminated against? Or can we love our neighbors, caring for them and helping them out where we can?

Can we show that no matter how divided the church is on the LGBTQ community it is possible for us to cast our own individual ideas on sexuality and gender aside and show the love and light of Jesus Christ by caring for those that find themselves in a dark place? Can we truly be a community of open minds, open hearts, and open doors? Can we live by the principles that we say we live by or is the world right to call us hypocrites?”

Unfortunately, Shanna’s testimony was followed by an amendment by Jerry Landers which changed the focus of the resolution and resulted in the following amended version – stripped of the power of specificity and of speaking in support of those most at risk, LGBTQ youth. Sadly, in the final resolution, all references to sexual orientation, gender identity, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, prejudice, and statistics on suicide rates and homelessness among LGBTQ were removed.

As the results of the voting were being counted, the Bishop led the gathered in a rendition of, “Grace Greater Than Our Sin.” The irony of this song was not lost on those who were advocating to send a good word to the young and marginalized.

Read the full statement and the rest here.

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Just another attempt by the revisionists to force LGBT politics into every situation. IF the resolution was really about youth homelessness and suicide, then why clutter it up with unnecessary LGBT advocacy language, and why complain after it was amended and passed? Of course the answer is that for this particular activist, LGBT advocacy was the whole point all along.

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