1993 Resolutions

At the end of a day-long debate, the 1993 Methodist Conference passed in the same session a series of resolutions (known as ‘The 1993 Resolutions’).

These resolutions are as follows:

1.    The Conference, affirming the joy of human sexuality as God’s gift and the place of every human being within the grace of God, recognises the responsibility that flows from this for us all. It therefore welcomes the serious, prayerful and sometimes costly consideration given to this issue by The Methodist Church.

               [Voting:    For: 540   Against: 6   Neutral: 10]

2.    All practices of sexuality, which are promiscuous, exploitative or demeaning in any way are unacceptable forms of behaviour and contradict God’s purpose for us all.

               [Voting:    For: 538   Against: 16   Neutral: 3]

3.    A person shall not be debarred from church on the grounds of sexual orientation in itself.

               [Voting:    For: 521   Against: 29   Neutral: 6]

4.    The Conference reaffirms the traditional teaching of the Church on human sexuality; namely chastity for all outside marriage and fidelity within it. The Conference directs that this affirmation is made clear to all candidates for ministry, office and membership, and having established this, affirm that the existing procedures of our church are adequate to deal with all such cases.

               [Voting:    For: 293    Against: 250   Neutral: 16]

5.    The Conference resolves that its decision in this debate shall not be used to form the basis of a disciplinary charge against any person in relation to conduct alleged to have taken place before such decisions were made.

               [Voting:    For: 500    Against: 41   Neutral: 13]

6.    Conference recognises, affirms and celebrates the participation and ministry of lesbians and gay men in the church. Conference calls on the Methodist people to begin a pilgrimage of faith to combat repression and discrimination, to work for justice and human rights and to give dignity and worth to people whatever their sexuality.

               [Voting:    For: 313   Against: 216   Neutral: 27]