UMC Next Florida is a group of laity and clergy across Florida who are committed to living out our baptismal vows, “We promise to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves”, by working to create a new expression and connection of Methodism that is fully inclusive of all people, particularly LGBTQ+ persons, in the full life of the church including marriage and ministry.
To that end we are committed to:
FOUR COMMITMENTS OF UMCNEXT
We believe these commitments are essential to a hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world:
We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.
We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.
We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.
We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.
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