Friday, January 27, 2017

What to Do About Marriage Equality?

Join us at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 as all of St. Stephen's adult Sunday school classes discuss how St. Stephen should respond as a congregation to the disconnect between the law and the church on marriage equality.

Currently, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, same-gender couples can now be married legally. However, United Methodist church law prohibits pastors from conducting same-gender weddings and also bans local congregations from serving as sites for same-gender weddings.

As a member of Reconciling Ministries Network, St. Stephen UMC stands at the center of this painful conflict between civil and church law. Our gathering on Sunday, Jan. 29 will be for us to discuss this conflict and to hear various views on how the congregation wishes to respond. NO DECISION WILL BE MADE AT THIS MEETING. The conversation will be forwarded to the Church Council for its consideration in developing a policy about marriage equality.

A light breakfast will be provided. Please join us for an important conversation in the life of St. Stephen UMC.

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