Revised Moratorium on Church Trials in the Holston Conference
Whereas, the specially called General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC), meeting in St. Louis, passed the Traditional Plan relative to the human sexuality issues facing The UMC, and
Whereas, the Traditional Plan prohibits pastors from performing same sex weddings and prohibits self-avowed practicing homosexuals (as defined by the Book of Discipline) from serving as ministers in The United Methodist Church, and
Whereas, the Traditional Plan also calls for violations of the "Traditional Plan" ban to be punished through the bringing of a complaint under Paragraph 2702 of The UMC Book of Discipline, and
Whereas, a way forward for The UMC relative to human sexuality remains uncertain and in flux, and
Whereas, charging pastors with violations of the "No Same Sex Weddings" ban would cause harm to the individual pastor and to congregations of The UMC.
Whereas, under the Traditional Plan, self-avowed practicing homosexuals (as defined by the Book of Discipline) are prevented from serving as clergy in the Holston Conference, resulting in the loss of effective ministers from ever serving in Holston Conference,
Whereas, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, former President of The UMC Council of Bishops, has suggested that there be a moratorium on church trials, and
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Holston Annual Conference delay any action on church trials relative to complaints against pastors for violations of the Traditional Plan until Holston Annual Conference 2022, to give clergy time to evaluate their moral and spiritual beliefs in light of changes that will have occurred at the delayed 2020 General Conference, in the Book of Discipline.