The Western Jurisdiction of the UMC has taken a courageous stand in the wake of the deonomination’s recent Special General Conference. While the denomination as a whole as declined to ordain or accept marriaged gay and lesbian clergy, the Western Jurisdication as said it will continue its open and affirming practice. The ELCA bishops of Region 1 & 2 have sent a letter to their regional counterparts pledging our solidarity and support. If you are interested in reading this letter you may follow this linke. R1 and R2 Bishops Letter to UMC Colleagues.