Annual Conference: Sábado, Junio 8

Dirección estratégica

Rev. Larry Whitehead gave an update on the Conference’s strategic direction. The plan is comprised of three areas of focus: Disciple, Connect, and Transform. “We want you to know that this all comes from the focus of Cultivate Joy! Our work for Jesus Christ in the world is cause for joy!” he said.

Rev. Jon Meunier made a motion: To live into a new day that we recognize not just the reality but the value of diversity of theological views of marriage and human sexuality. Pastors, churches, and laity across the spectrum of theological understandings are valid, valued, and important to our mission in Indiana as we work together in unity to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

Rev. Russ Abel spoke in favor of the motion because it is “a way to say there is a place for everyone.”

Rev. Duane Carlisle offered a substitute motion: Whereas, Isaiah 40:31 says that “Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,” the LGBTQIA+ community has been waiting upon the Lord, and our strength is renewed. Whereas, in the 52 years that The United Methodist Church has been in difficult conversation around its relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community, members of that community who committed to staying in the conversation have experienced pain, grief, and harm. There has been the collateral damage to those relationships that extend from the individuals who have taken active roles in this conversation. These include children, family, members, and partners of LGBTQIA+ people. Therefore, be it resolved that we in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church commit this 2024-2025 year as a season of contemplation leading us to action on ways we can repair our relationships with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Rev. Dr. Saneta Maiko offered a speech against, claiming the motions have different intentions.

Rev. Charlene Allen also offered a speech against the motion. “One is how we accept our brothers and sisters in Christ. The other is how we live that out and how we talk to our communities of faith,” she said.

Rev. Carlisle offered to add his motion as a “friendly admentment” to Rev. Meunier’s motion. 

Motion: To live into a new day that we recognize not just the reality but the value of diversity of theological views of marriage and human sexuality. Pastors, churches, and laity across the spectrum of theological understandings are valid, valued, and important to our mission in Indiana as we work together in unity to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

Whereas, Isaiah 40:31 says that “Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,” the LGBTQIA+ community has been waiting upon the Lord, and our strength is renewed. Whereas, in the 52 years that The United Methodist Church has been in difficult conversation around its relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community, members of that community who committed to staying in the conversation have experienced pain, grief, and harm. There has been the collateral damage to those relationships that extend from the individuals who have taken active roles in this conversation. These include children, family, members, and partners of LGBTQIA+ people. Therefore, be it resolved that we in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church commit this 2024-2025 year as a season of contemplation leading us to action on ways we can repair our relationships with the LGBTQIA+ community.

The motion passed (437, 39). 

Rev. John Huff took a moment of personal privilege saying that “We need to celebrate this moment!” Bishop Trimble then asked him to pray. 

Resolución nº 4

Rev. Paul Wagner presented #R4 entitled “Building Beloved Community” submitted by Rev. Leah Peksenak for deliberation and action.  

Rev. Dr Marti Lundy, Conference Superintendent for the North District, requested that the motion be referred to the Coordinating Council and that an update be given at the 2025 Annual Conference. 

David Robinson, Chief Financial Officer and Director for Finance and Administration, shared that the Conference’s Human Resources seeks to hire diversity in both white and persons of color and gender.  He noted that two of the Conference’s recent hires are from Egypt and Belgium. Conference staff is currently 35% male, 65% female, and 20% people of color. “Although Finance and Administration fully supports the essence of this resolution, we’re concerned about adding an additional level of organization that may unnecessarily jeopardize efficient handling of our personnel hiring practices,” he said.

Motion: That Resolution #4 be referred to the Coordinating Council, in consultation with the appropriate staff and committees, for further conversation with an update to be brought to Annual Conference 2025 with recommendations.

The motion passed (427, 44). 

Rev. Paul Wagner presented Resolution #1 “Responsible Compensation” submitted by Matthew Oates for deliberation and action.

Bishop Trimble ruled the motion out of order based on ¶604.2 of The Book of Discipline. 

Conference Council of Finance and Administration(CFA)

Rodney Frieden, chair, presented the 2025 budget. He shared that CFA has strategically built a financial plan not just for the upcoming year but also for this season of the Church.

“I want you to look beyond the numbers and see that these numbers represent people, clergy, churches, community, and ministries. We are blessed, and we should be able to look at these numbers with a sense of joy,” he said. 

Motion: That the Annual Conference approve the 2025 Annual Conference budget as presented.

The motion passed (476, 9). 

COSROW

Rev. Julia Pritchett-Gonzales, chair, gave the final COSROW monitoring report:

Adoración

Gender of Speakers

36.1% Women

63.9% Men

Speaking Time by Gender

50% Women

50% Men

Race/Ethnicity of Speakers

53% White

3.6% Asian

3.6 % Hispanic

39.8% Black

Speaking Time by Race/Ethnicity

51% White

6.9% Hispanic

41.1% Black 

Plenary 

Gender of Speakers

47.5% Women

51.5% Men

1% Nonbinary

Speaking Time by Gender

52.5% Women

47.5% Men

.2% Nonbinary

Race/Ethnicity of Speakers

79.4% White

16.5% Black

3.1% Multiracial

Speaking Time by Race/Ethnicity

4.2% Multiracial

76.5% White

19.1% Black 

Closing Business 

The 2025 Annual Conference will meet Junio 5-7, 2025, at St. Luke’s UMC (Indianapolis). 

Celebración de la vida

Bells rung as the Conference honored the lives of 25 clergy and 22 spouses who have joined the Church Triumphant in the last year. 

In his sermon,“The Best of All Is, God is With Us,” Bishop Trimble posed the question, “What do you know for sure?” then answered it. “I know that Jesus cares. I know the Bible says ‘Blessed are those who mourn.’ I know John 14:1 says ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.’ And I know that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.”

Rev. Mary Dicken and Bishop Trimble led the Conference in Holy Communion.

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