Call to Action Draws Tough Questions, Resistance

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membership 'problem'

everywhere, a mention of loosing members in the United States. of course, the rejection of our lgbt sisters and brothers, other relatives and friends is non-productive if we want to increase or even maintain membership. Giving us a "second class" membership (Pay your tithe and do work in the congregation....but don't ask us to acknowledge and bless your relationships, and certainly don't ask us to acknowledge both your call to be married and to answer a call to ministry--without promising to remain celibate!) This treatment of some of God's creation is NOT BEING JESUS-LIKE. Be honest, this treatment of a minority of God's creation is one of the reasons that the UMC is loosing members.

Elsie Gauley Vega more than 4 years ago

ambiguity

The article above brings out an age old problem for UMC. "•Many delegates complained that the answers they received from Call to Action, Vital Congregations and restructure proponents lacked specific details about any adverse effects the proposal could have on the denomination." Why does the upper hierarchy always believe it has to build ambiguity into any statement it makes. Why can't it give a clear, concise definition to something? There seems to be a mentality of "we know all the answers, all you have to do is listen to us."--but, of course, the UMC is still declining in the US.

Jabe Fincher more than 5 years ago

Call to Action

From the outset of this effort I have been concerned with the "done deal" approach taken by the judicatory. That approach does not foster reflection, analysis and input; rather, it stifles inquiry and presupposes lock-step support. While the urgent financial realities of the denomination do require action, the Call to Action (CTA) may not be the appropriate vehicle. Furthermore, I have yet to receive a cogent answer to a question I have raised since last spring concerning the CTA. On page 19 of the report, the proponents state that leaders must form strong coalitions in order to forego lesser matters and passionate causes in service of the greater good. Who in the new structure will possess the Solomon-like wisdom to discern the 'greater good'? How will narrow interests and subordinate objectives be defined? Lastly, casting a pejorative light on critical analysis of this plan is contrary to our Wesleyan heritage. I look forward with prayerful anticipation to the opportunity to discern as a body of faith.

LaTrelle Miller Easterling more than 5 years ago

Call to Action

The article noted that "agency executives have been pressured by Call to Action proponents to get behind the plan rather than offer alternatives or question its components." The Council of Bishops is pressuring US delegations to support the CTA, as well. The heavy-handed approach by the proponents may back-fire.

Jim Allen more than 5 years ago