The United Methodist Church is in the middle of deliberations on whether and how it can proceed as a unified denomination, in light of its intractable division over full inclusion of LGBTQ persons. The Commission on a Way Forward is about halfway through its work. A young pastor from our California-Nevada Conference, the Rev. Brian Adkins, is a member of that Commission. He’s the only “out” gay clergy in that group of 32 lay and clergy members. His story of his experience—of the relationships that are forming across what seemed like hard dividing lines, and of how his hope for the Church is changing—is powerful and moving.
Pastor Brian will join us for our October All-Church Dinner on Sunday, October 22, at 6:15pm in Creekside and be in conversation with us about the work of the Commission and his experiences with that group. Everyone is invited to the Creekside Crossings service at 5:00pm and the dinner that follows.
Dinner is $12 for adults, $8 for children 10–17, and free for children under 10. You can pay in advance or at the door, but we ask that in either case you RSVP online for food and childcare planning purposes.