29 Marriage and Relationships


RESOLUTIONS

29/1. The Conference receives the Report.

29/2. The Conference commends to the Methodist people the statement, set out in section 1.5.1 of the Report, as the basis upon which discussions on matters where contradictory views are expressed should be held.

AMENDED 29/3. The Conference thanks the EDI Committee for the definition and guidance on homophobia set out in paragraphs 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 and directs that it be included within the guidance section of the Constitutional Practice and Discipline of the Methodist Church.

29/4. The Conference directs the Methodist Council to make recommendations, in consultation with the Law and Polity Committee, to the 2017 Conference on the question of whether a Standing Order would be appropriate to clarify that homophobia is contrary to the discipline of the Methodist Church.

29/5. The Conference directs the Methodist Council to consider whether there is a need for new marriage preparation resources and, should the Council conclude that there is, to undertake such work if considered necessary.

29/6. The Conference directs the Methodist Council to ensure that work be progressed to identify the key issues for the Methodist Church to consider in order to ensure that people who are intersex or transgender are included in the life of the Church.

AMENDED 29/7. The Conference directs that a new Statement of the judgment of the Conference on marriage and relationships shall be prepared and that, as part of the process, the definition of marriage should be revisited.

 

[The Conference agreed to continue the debate from Amended Resolution 29/7. later on in the day and adjourn for lunch.]

 

AMENDED 29/7. The Conference directs that a new Statement of the judgment of the Conference on marriage and relationships shall be prepared and that, as part of the process, the definition of marriage should be revisited.

29/8. The Conference appoints a new task group, which shall include people with expert knowledge of matters of Faith and Order and marriage and relationships, to update the Statement and to oversee the process of consulting with the Methodist people on the definition of marriage.

ADDITIONAL 29/8a. The Conference appoints the membership of the new task group as follows: Professor David Clough (Chair), the Revd Dr Roberta Topham (Convener), the Revd Naomi Cooke, the Revd Ashley Cooper, the Revd Geoffrey Farrar, Ms Ruth Hall, Ms Ann Leck, the Revd Dr Paul Nzacahayo.

NOM 108. Resolution 29/8a

29/9. The Conference directs that the new task group shall report to the 2018 Conference with a draft text of a new statement which shall include:

a) consideration of all relevant Reports produced and Resolutions passed by the Conference as set out in paragraph 3.5.1 above;

b) consideration of the definition of marriage, including the matters raised throughout section 3 of this report.

29/10. The Conference encourages Districts and Circuits to utilise existing resources to support and encourage the Methodist people to make space and time to engage in Bible study and scriptural literacy.

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