May 19, 2016
General Conference 2016 Upholds Council of Bishops' Recommendation
Yesterday, in a historic action the General Conference received and affirmed a statement of the Council of Bishops regarding the future of the church and its conversation regarding human sexuality.
Earlier in the week, the General Conference requested that the Council of Bishops lead not only the General Conference but The United Methodist Church in discerning the future of the church and matters on human sexuality. After much prayer and consideration, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church provided such a recommendation to refer all matters on human sexuality to a special Commission, named by the Council of Bishops, and to develop a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph in the Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality.
Yesterday, the General Conference voted to uphold this recommendation. My colleagues and I are committed to this process which we hope will help our church heal and move forward in these matters. We are committed to the mission of The United Methodist Church and the people God is calling us to serve. As we move forward together we ask for your prayers as we continue to pray for you, our beloved community of United Methodists across the globe.
Bishop Michael McKee
North Texas Annual Conference