Meet Your INUMC Elected Officials on Legislative Committees: Rev. Lisa Schubert Nowling

Rev. Lisa Schubert Nowling, pastor at Bloomington First UMC, was recently elected as the Chair for The United Methodist Committee on Faith & Order legislative committee at the Postponed 2020 General Conference. She served on this committee in 2012 as a reserve delegate and again as a delegate in both 2016 and 2019. 

There are currently 71 delegates serving on the United Methodist Committee on Faith & Order legislative committee roster, 60 of which have participated in voting this week. The committee will be addressing at least 32 petitions. 

In the months preceding her nomination, Rev. Schubert collaborated with a coalition of centrist and progressive delegates who wanted to pass legislation related to regionalization, revise social principles, and remove harmful language against LGBTQIA+ in The Book of Discipline.

Prior to General Conference, Rev. Schubert “met with others involved in Faith & Order via zoom to focus on committee elections and legislation,” Rev. Schubert said. After much prayer and encouragement from mentors and friends, she felt led to offer herself to serve in a leadership capacity. 

The coalition voted to endorse and nominate her. “I was very honored that they would entrust me with this privilege of leading the committee,” she said.

Rev. Schubert is deeply passionate about Faith & Order, viewing it as an opportunity to align the Church’s structure with the principles of peace, justice, and love found in the Gospel of Jesus. She believes in the holistic redemption offered by Jesus, extending to the transformation of systems and institutions. 

Having previously served with Church & Society A in 2016, focusing on justice issues, Rev. Schubert is now enthusiastic about shaping The United Methodist Church’s structure, particularly regarding ecumenism and ordination criteria. Her hope is to foster a more inclusive ecclesiology by removing exclusive language from ordination requirements, allowing all individuals to answer God’s call in their lives.

“I’m honored to be elected to serve the Faith & Order Committee,” said Rev. Schubert. “I look forward to doing vital work with my fellow delegates to shape a denomination that reflects what the Spirit is already doing among us — creating an inclusive Church that does justice, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God.”

In the upcoming deliberations, the committee’s focus will be on addressing critical issues that will shape the denomination. Through it all, Rev. Schubert and her committee aim to uphold their values of justice, compassion, and inclusivity, ensuring that the Church remains relevant and responsive to the needs of all its members.

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