A RESPONSE FROM THE OPEN HEARTS CLASS TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE RULING:
stand your holy ground.
As a community we affirm our decision to stand by our brothers and sisters of the Reconciling Ministries Network, joining them as we continue our pursuit of a church that loves as Jesus loves, that offers a balm as Jesus did, and surrounds our souls with biblical and gospel justice that creates disciples of Christ and transforms the world. We will gather soon to determine the next steps in our continued advocacy for LGBTQ people in The UMC. There may be a "traditional" (divisive) plan, but by no means is our work abandoned.
This is our Church. This is our Christ. This is our God.