The purpose of the survey is to gather information on the thoughts of the congregation as related to whether Mount Olivet UMC should affiliate with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). The data collected from this short survey will inform the Church Council as it considers a resolution brought forward to it during the March, 2019 Council meeting to join the RMN.
Be it resolved that the congregation of the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, in support of our lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning brothers and sisters in Christ, adopt Recommendation #3 from the 2014 Final Report to the Church Council from the Holy Conversations Facilitation Group.
The recommendation from the report is for “…the Mount Olivet community to begin the process to identify itself as a “Reconciling Congregation” and to take steps to become affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network.”
In 2014, the Church Council requested a four-month discernment within the Mount Olivet community about the Mount Olivet vision statement and the meaning of inclusivity, as it pertains to our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) sisters and brothers and for a report on the results of this discernment process. The result of this discernment process was the “Final Report to the Church Council from the Holy Conversations Facilitation Group” presented to the Council in September, 2014 (available on the Mount Olivet UMC website). The Report included five recommendations in response to this discernment process. Of the five recommendations, four recommendations were adopted. The fifth recommendation, embodied in the current proposed resolution, was tabled at the time. The Council has taken no action to implement this recommendation.
In part as a response to the recent results of the Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri and the affirmation of the Conference to maintain language in the UMC Book of Discipline as it pertains to our LGBTQ sisters and brothers, the resolution was brought forward to the Church Council for its consideration.
The Church Council will consider the proposed resolution at its June Council meeting, scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM. The Council will seek to come to consensus in responding to this resolution. In coming to a consensus, the Council will consider feedback from the three Townhalls conducted during April and May on this topic as well as results of this survey.
All professing members of the Mount Olivet community were given the opportunity to fill out the survey. This included all members who are confirmed and are members of the Mount Olivet congregation
The survey was available beginning Friday, May 10, 2019 through Friday, May 24, 2019.
Members of the Mount Olivet community received an e-mail to their reported primary e-mail account, on Friday May 10th, inviting them to complete the survey. The e-mail included a link to the survey.
In addition to the electronic survey instrument, paper forms were also mailed to Mount Olivet members who do not have an e-mail account or request not to complete the survey on-line.
Finally, paper surveys were available at the Connecting Point in the Church lobby on Sunday, May 12 and Sunday, May 19.