- Write Letters: Check out the Reconciling Ministries Network website at www.rmnetwork.org. Under the ACT heading, you’ll find the “It’s Time” campaign, with a letter you can sign online that will help RMN show the strength of support for change in our UMC policies affecting LGBTQ brothers and sisters. You’ll also find a downloadable PDF if you want to write your own letter. Or a place to tell your own story, of how current policies affect you or someone you love.
- Learn about the Issues: In addition to the RMN website, you’ll find good information at the following: The official UMC web site is http://www.umc.org/topics/general-conference-2016. You can find discussion of issues and links to other blogs at http://um-insight.net/ Check out the Methodist Federation for Social Action, at http://mfsaweb.org/
- Sign to show your support for the Love Your Neighbor Coalition Vision for the UMC at http://www.lyncoalition.org/vision-for-umc/
- Make a contribution to LYNC, RMNetwork, or MFSA to shttp://www.umc.org/topics/general-conference-2016upport their ongoing work and witness to the UMC
- Become an individual member of RMNetwork or MFSA. Numbers matter - the wider church looks at how many UMs support these organizations.
- Do you know someone who will be a delegate to GC? We at Metropolitan represent a large cross section of “hometowns.” Contact those persons - let them know how you feel and believe about issues of justice. You can look up names and addresses of Bishops or General Conference Delegates 2016 at www.umdate.org. Search under Leadership, specifying the Annual Conference that’s applicable. Click on the name of a person to whom you can send a letter, and the contact information will pop up.
- Pray for ALL delegates to GC. They will be deluged with information in the coming weeks and will need lots of prayer and support to sift through the wheat and the chaff.
- Pray especially for Charlie Parker, our Pastor, who is also a Delegate to General Conference.
- Lastly - how about a trip to Portland? It’s a beautiful city, and the LYNC witness is a powerful reminder of the United Methodist Church that we all know and love.