The 2019 General Conference just approved the traditional plan (by a vote of 438 (53.28%) to 384 (46.72%)). Much of the plan was ruled unconstitutional before general conference by the Judicial Council (the UMC’s version of the Supreme Court). Most of the parts that were ruled unconstitutional were not amended before the plan was passed and thus are, one assumes, still unconstitutional. We’ll have to wait a while to learn the exact impact of today’s action by the General Conference.
As for Abilene First United Methodist Church, we are still a church of open hearts, open minds and open doors. All people, and all means all, are welcome at First United Methodist Church.
If you are hurting because of this decision or concerned about what will happen next please feel free to text or call Jenny or I.