Press Release: Outcome Strategy Launch
Methodist Church Challenged to Affirm Equality for All
On Saturday 30th May Outcome launched its five-year strategy to achieve its vision of an inclusive Methodist Church at its Annual Public Meeting, held in Manchester.
The strategy outlines the group’s vision for a church in which sexuality is recognised as a gift from God, to be celebrated and enjoyed and in which relationships between people of the same sex are fully accepted and celebrated. To launch the strategy, the group has produced 10,000 leaflets; it is recruiting a task-force of people to facilitate debate and dialogue in each Methodist district; and it has held a range of workshops at the Public Meeting, enabling supporters to explore its plans in greater detail.
Outcome plans to have implemented its strategy in full by 2020. The new strategy’s goals include:
- Same sex marriage will be accepted, celebrated and implemented in the Methodist Church
- The majority of Districts and Circuits will have engaged with issues related to sexuality and gender identity through meetings, discussions and workshops
- A range of LGBTQI-affirming materials will be available to promote discussion and debate at grassroots level
- A rich variety of affirming liturgies and worship materials will be available and in use throughout the Connexion.
The Public Meeting was attended by Gill Dascombe, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, who was the guest preacher at the communion service.
Mrs Dascombe said: “It has been good to be part of an enjoyable and thought-provoking day today with members of Outcome. We live in exciting and important times when changes and developments in society are making it an ever more inclusive and affirming place for all people. I fully support Outcome’s new strategy proposals, and look forward to being part of a Methodist Church where the dreams and visions of LGBTQI people will be heard and celebrated so as to enrich our shared pilgrimage.”
Commenting on the launch of the new strategy, Outcome’s National Co-ordinator, Barbara Pettitt, said: “This is a pivotal time for LGBTQI people within the life of the church and I, along with Outcome, are excited to be a part of that. We long to see a Church that is truly welcoming and inclusive of all people.”
Copies of the strategy leaflet are available upon request. Anybody wishing to support the work of Outcome is encouraged to contact the National Co-ordinator.
Photo: Outcome supporters with copies of the new strategy leaflet at the Public Meeting
 Outcome represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people, our supporters and friends within the Methodist Church.