We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.
We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.
We see a church of passionate followers of Jesus, committed to a Wesleyan vision of faith and love lived out in personal piety and social holiness. We see a church with a robust, life-giving, Spirit-filled engagement with scripture; informed by tradition, experience and reason. We see a church that doesn’t have to think alike in order to love alike. We see a church that seeks justice, loves kindness and walks humbly with God. We see a church that follows the movement of the Spirit as we reject the Traditional plan and affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, affirm their full participation, and commit to being in ministry together with all people as we make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We see a joyful, Spirit-filled church of faith, hope, and love that bears witness in our communities and our world to God’s restoration and renewal of all things.
Susquehanna UMC Next is a grassroots network of laypersons and clergy in the Susquehanna Annual Conference whose purpose is to cultivate Community, Conversation, and Collaboration among people who desire to move into a hope-filled inclusive Methodist future together. We hope to create community for a broad range of people who desire an inclusive church.
We are not an advocacy group, although we hope individuals and churches will make connections for advocacy and collective action through the SUSUMC Next Community.
We are not a membership group, because our goal is to engage as many people in conversation as possible.
Our Four Commitments
We believe these commitments are essential to a hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement
We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.
We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.
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