Salem is entering a period of
reflection and discussion (discernment) on our path forward.
Why are we even on this path? There are United Methodist Churches not following the Book of Discipline (our handbook) regarding same-sex marriages and openly gay clergy.
How did we get here? The church council voted to send a letter to our District Superintendent requesting that we begin this process.
What is our timeframe? Now into mid-January. This deadline is imposed by our conference and affects us if we choose to vote to leave the United Methodist Church.
What are the discernment period goals? Have all members engaged in prayer, discussion and understanding of information on all sides of these topics.