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Pastor: Rev. Dr. Karin Walker 

1509 Fallston Road
Fallston, Maryland, 21047
410-877-7255
Email: fallstonumc@fallstonumc.org

I know that many of you have seen articles related to an agreement established among the various factions of the denomination which would allow the Wesleyan Covenant Churches to exit the denomination. Churches which choose to join the new denomination would find a new building and create a whole new mode of operation. Generally, these churches represent a traditional, conservative approach to the reading of scripture as the literal words of God. Many of these churches have always wrestled with the denomination around issues that have included same gender marriage, infant baptism, the ordination of women, and others. If the agreement is approved at General Conference, it would split off this segment which also includes many of the African conferences.

Fallston UMC is not a Wesley Covenant Association Church. We are a diverse congregation with people of diverse theological points of view and understanding. Within our congregation, we have folks who have come from a variety of denominations, and we have as associate members people of the Jewish faith and Hindu faith! I celebrate our different perspectives and we learn from each other.

We have folks who are conservative, folks who are liberal, and folks who are somewhere in between or who don’t fit any of the “labels.” One thing is for sure—we are focused on being like Jesus the best we can and making disciples for Him thereby transforming the world. Somehow, we have managed to agree to disagree, establish priorities, teach our children to become more like Jesus, and grow in our discipleship along the way.

If the General Conference approves the exit of the Wesley Covenant Churches, there will then be a second General Conference that would once again address the language of the Book of Discipline around same gender marriage and the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy.

I’m not worried about the future of the denomination. We’ve got work to do, friends to meet, people to help, a new model of ministry that requires our full attention, and the people of God to celebrate. We have open arms and hearts to all, a radical hospitality goal for all who come our way. We always have and always will.

May God provide guidance and wisdom as we continue to do what God calls us to do.

Blessings, Karin

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