We should consider it no coincidence that this last Annual Conference update arrives after we have just celebrated Pentecost Sunday.
Months ago, the Spirit began working in subtle, steady ways. One pocket of people began working on a clergy statement; others on a laity statement. Some began talking about a Facebook page; others began work on a delegation list. Some were in a larger conversation about a gathering in Kansas City; many smaller conversations were happening among all of us.
To all who have been with us on the journey to FLUMC19:
To you, and all those who have gone before us and on whose shoulders we stand, we want to extend our most sincere thank you.
What we had the privilege to witness at FLUMC19 was a long-awaited shift in the Florida Annual Conference toward the full inclusion of our LGBTQ+ family. For some of us, this is something that we were not sure we would see in our lifetime. For others, it was simply the obvious choice; one that has been long overdue. Surely, this couldn't have happened without the movement of the Holy Spirit within each of us, calling us to find our voice in support of those whose voices have long been silenced.