GA Resolution: Listen to LGBTQ+ & Allies Voices

A Resolution Presented to the 190th General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Whereas, The 190th General Assembly will consider approval of a proposed “Statement on Human Sexuality” submitted by the Unified Committee on Theology and Social Concerns; and Whereas, The 187th General Assembly adopted a study paper titled “A Question of Hermeneutics” which is quoted in the proposed “Statement on Human Sexuality” before this Assembly, saying: “ . . . we should resolve – first and foremost – to love one another, and as an expression of that love to listen to each other, affirming the even greater common ground we enjoy and embrace as Cumberland Presbyterians;”  Whereas, the 143rd General Assembly of the CPCA amended the UCTSC report to include  LGBTQ+ theologians’ voices in the crafting of the Statement on Human Sexuality; therefore, be it Resolved, that the 190th General Assembly encourage the select committee considering the proposed “Statement on Human Sexuality” and all commissioners to listen to the voices of LGBTQ+ Cumberland Presbyterians and their allies, as an expression of love for one another, by considering as a part of its deliberation on this matter the following resources: Welcoming Cumberland Presbyterians Website, LGBTQ+ video testimonials and written stories, resources, blog Open Letter for Freedom of Conscience on Human Sexuality Open Letter: Youth and Young Adult Statement on Inclusion Rev. Chris Warren’s paper, A Theological Statement on Inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ Community in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Respectfully submitted, Rev. Joy Warren, commissioner from Murfreesboro Presbytery   LGBTQ+ video testimonials LGBTQIA+ members and former members of the CPC were invited to share their stories in order to help commissioners know a few of those whom their decision will affect most directly. WCP Stories: Christi - YouTube WCP Stories: Michael - YouTube WCP Stories: Mandy and