Action of Non-Conformity
Action of Non-Conformity with the General Conference of the United Methodist Church
The New England Annual Conference as a body affirms our commitment to a fully inclusive church. Therefore:
The NEAC will not conform or compy with provisions of the Dischipline which discriminate against LGBTQIA persons, including marriage (161.B), the incompatibility clause (161.F), ordination and appointments (304.3), homosexual unions (341.6) AC funding ban (613.9), GCFA funding ban (806.9), chargeable offenses pertaining to being "a self avowed practicing homo-sexual" or to officiating at weddings for couples regardless of the sex of the partners (2702.1b,d).
The NEAC and its members will not participate in or conduct judicial procedures related to the Discipline's prohibitions against LGBTQUIA persons.
The NEAC insists that any benefits available to clergy and employees and their families are available to all clergy and employees and their families, regardless of the sexes or genders of the partners, and requires the District Superintendents to inform all clergy under this supervision of this right.
The NEAC will realign its funding to reflect these commitments, using no reserve funds for judicial procedurers related to the Disciplins's prohibitions against LGBTQUIA persons, and instead funding cultural competency, anti-racism, anti-sexiam, anti-ageism, anti-oppressive, and anti-homophobia training at the conference and district levels, as well as for advocacy and implementation efforts related to the same.
(Numbers in parenthesis refer to paragraphs in the 2012 Book of Discipline)
For more information please see Rev. Peter or go the NEAC website.