“Like many others, we have eagerly awaited the report from the Council of Bishops’ most recent meeting to discern a way through the UMC’s present impasse on the inclusion of LGBTQAI+ people. Some of us were able to be present in Chicago while the bishops reviewed the work Commission on a Way Forward, specifically the three plans it proposes for the future of the UMC. We were grateful for the bishops’ willingness to engage us in conversation, and to lead us in prayer. During closing worship, we were humbled to join with them in Holy Communion, during which time we shared our hopes and fears. Indeed, we caught a glimpse of how truly inclusive the UMC can be. But this glimpse was of a future, and not a present, reality. Even as we, LGBTQAI+ clergy, shared in the sacramental meal together, we recognized that none of the models discussed by the bishops fully embraces the lives and ministry of LGBTQAI+ people.” Read the full statement here.