Unity in The Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: A COVENANT FOR UNITY IN THE HOLSTON ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

As members, both laity and clergy, of the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, we acknowledge the difficult and distressing issues facing the denomination in which we live out our shared faith in Jesus Christ.  We affirm that our church faces complex problems without simple solutions.  Although the presenting issues may center on human sexuality, the challenge is far deeper than this one particular issue. 

And while our disagreements are significant, and not to be minimized, we confess our faith in a Triune God who has given us a ministry not of division and fracture, but has reconciled us through Christ and given us a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).

Therefore, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are united in our opposition to schism in the United Methodist Church.  We do not yet believe that dividing the church into like-minded denominations is the best solution to solve the issues facing us. We are committed, in the audacity of Resurrection Faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit, to a shared life with diverse voices at the table.

We commit to this life because we believe division will weaken our Christian witness and lead us to lose much of what makes the United Methodist Church an authentic expression of the Body of Christ.  Our 2014 Annual Conference begins as we celebrate Pentecost, the day in which one Spirit came to rest upon a diversity of people and produced a variety of gifts. We commit in the coming year to intentionally find times to gather so that United Methodists of all persuasions – conservative and liberal, clergy and lay – may engage in holy conferencing about how to bear witness to the love of God in a divided and increasingly polarized world.

We commit ourselves to renewing our focus upon reaching a generation skeptical of the church, creating new places of worship for new people, being in ministry with Jesus by being in ministry with the poor, offering healing and hope for those afflicted by the scourge of disease near and far, recruiting young people for a lifetime of vital ministry in the United Methodist Church and doing whatever it takes to continue in the work of the Great Commission.  While much attention centers on what currently divides us, we are convinced that which unites us - our shared faith in the Risen Christ - is much stronger.

In conclusion, claiming one Lord, one Faith and one Baptism, we pray that by the Holy Spirit our common life may be renewed, our brokenness may be healed and our witness may be strengthened in power so that we may more faithfully tend to our fundamental mission:

To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: A COVENANT FOR UNITY IN THE HOLSTON ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH


As members, both laity and clergy, of the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, we acknowledge the difficult and distressing issues facing the denomination in which we live out our shared faith in Jesus Christ.  We affirm that our church faces complex problems without simple solutions.  Although the presenting issues may center on human sexuality, the challenge is far deeper than this one particular issue. 


And while our disagreements are significant, and not to be minimized, we confess our faith in a Triune God who has given us a ministry not of division and fracture, but has reconciled us through Christ and given us a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).


Therefore, as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are united in our opposition to schism in the United Methodist Church.  We do not yet believe that dividing the church into like-minded denominations is the best solution to solve the issues facing us. We are committed, in the audacity of Resurrection Faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit, to a shared life with diverse voices at the table.


We commit to this life because we believe division will weaken our Christian witness and lead us to lose much of what makes the United Methodist Church an authentic expression of the Body of Christ.  Our 2014 Annual Conference begins as we celebrate Pentecost, the day in which one Spirit came to rest upon a diversity of people and produced a variety of gifts. We commit in the coming year to intentionally find times to gather so that United Methodists of all persuasions – conservative and liberal, clergy and lay – may engage in holy conferencing about how to bear witness to the love of God in a divided and increasingly polarized world.


We commit ourselves to renewing our focus upon reaching a generation skeptical of the church, creating new places of worship for new people, being in ministry with Jesus by being in ministry with the poor, offering healing and hope for those afflicted by the scourge of disease near and far, recruiting young people for a lifetime of vital ministry in the United Methodist Church and doing whatever it takes to continue in the work of the Great Commission.  While much attention centers on what currently divides us, we are convinced that which unites us - our shared faith in the Risen Christ - is much stronger.


In conclusion, claiming one Lord, one Faith and one Baptism, we pray that by the Holy Spirit our common life may be renewed, our brokenness may be healed and our witness may be strengthened in power so that we may more faithfully tend to our fundamental mission:


To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Update #32 years ago
If you are attending Annual Conference, tomorrow at 10:15 am, Daniel Ogle will present the petition to the body of The Holston Annual Conference. When he is finished reading, we ask that you stand immediately in solidarity. Thank you for your commitment and your prayers.
Update #22 years ago
It is amazing to see so many of you supporting the unity of our church. Many have been inspired by what the body of Christ can be when we stand together.

Share the petition with your friends via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, website posts, and blogs. Our goal is to send a clear message that we desire to continue in ministry together and work out our differences.

There will be a strong push Friday morning to get more signatures, but feel free to share at will. Thank you again and God Bless.
Update #12 years ago
Thank you for signing the petition to encourage unity in our conference and the denomination. Be sure to share the petition with your friends, family, and colleagues. We need laity to be just as involved as clergy. Pray as we come together for conference this weekend. Blessings, Andrew Amodei
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