The Bishop: “Now is the time for resistance.”
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño addressed members of all the local United Methodist congregations Monday night on the subject of General Conference 2019 and what the decisions mean to for our local churches and our Annual Conference. She summarized the steps along the way that led to the adoption of the Traditional Plan, highlighting that it was not the plan favored by the Bishops and that she considered the plan a step backwards, not forwards.
As for what happens next, the Bishop emphasized that we in the California-Nevada Annual Conference will continue to live a policy of full inclusion. That means that we will stand in resistance to the Traditional Plan policies, not in a spirit of division, but in a spirit of love and Christian fellowship.
During the extensive question and answer period, attendees shared their stories, their concerns, and their hopes. The Bishop addressed each speaker with compassion and understanding.
The evening concluded with a Communion service conducted by the Bishop, District Superintendent Blake Busick, Kathryn Dunning, and April Sousa. We then adjourned for fellowship and snacks. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this event as meaningful as it was, especially the Praise Band, the kitchen crew, and all the other volunteers.