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Amend ¶161.G as follows:
G) Human Sexuality—We affirm that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons. We call everyone to responsible stewardship of this sacred gift.
Persons - Beings - Relations - Covenant - Marriage
Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are affirmed only with the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage.
It’s also not surprising that another LGBTQI+ caucus group called “Love Prevails” is making a motion to strike the language of monogamy from the “One Church” Plan, which they see as still too restrictive of “God’s good gift of sexuality,” to use their words (see HERE). While Love Prevails language is a little cryptic, the standard they actually want was expressed much more clearly by the star progressive ELCA (Lutheran) pastor, Nadia Bolz-Weber.
WE - AFFIRM - God - Beings - Variety
WE AFFIRM that God created us as sexual beings in endless variety.
WE DENY that the only type of sexual expression that can be considered holy is between a cis-gendered, heterosexual, married couple who waited to have sex until they were married. But if you fit in that group, good for you, we have no problem with your lifestyle choices.
Progressives - Centrists - Motion - Church - Plan
I don’t think most progressives and “centrists” will accept the motion to amend monogamy out of the “One Church” Plan at the special General Conference that starts in a few days. But it won’t be because of any serious commitment to strict monogamy. If anything it will be kept in to appease those who may be buying the false assurances being made to those who lean slightly in the conservative direction.
If you want to see where progressives want to move the UMC in the future look at Nadia Bolz-Weber. She has recently made headlines by saying the Church has been wrong to shame people for using pornography and for presenting a sculpture of a **** made out of purity rings to radical...
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