2004 World Conference Resolution

G-11 Request for New Statement on Homosexuality From Sierra Pacific USA Mission Center

Whereas, The World Church Leadership Council has called for a discussion on the formal recognition and ministerial inclusion of members of the lesbian and gay communities; and

Whereas, This discussion is difficult to structure due to the complexity of institutional, cultural, and emotional factors; and

Whereas, A question with such far-reaching theological, social, and institutional implications cannot be successfully resolved within the parameters required by this Conference; and

Whereas, The World Church's position needs to be explored with a sensitivity to the competing and conflicting perspectives brought by members of our community; and

Whereas, Any decision made in response to this dialogue will have legal, theological, and cultural repercussions; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the World Church Leadership Council craft a position to replace the statement on homosexuality made by the Standing HIgh Council in 1982; and be it further

Resolved, That this position statement address foundational questions including but not limited to jurisdictional independence, legal, and practical implications within the context of our national and international communities, the real and potential implications on World Church theology, sacraments and ordinances, and scriptural canon; and be it further

Resolved, That the World Church Leadership Council provide an annual update on the development of this position statement within the Herald and other appropriate World Church communications allowing for response to and consideration of the factors involved in the discussion and creation of this statement; and be it further

Resolved, That a draft of this position statement be brought to the World Conference of 2006 for discussion and action; and be it further

Resolved, That the church uphold one another in prayerful support as these foundational questions are explored and resolved.