Large South Carolina UMC Asks to Withdraw from Denomination

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And so it begins

The exit of churches from this denomination will only increase in numbers, especially if the General Council adopts the "One Church Plan" a/k/a the "Anything Goes Plan" in February. Not a threat, but merely a prediction. The litigation costs will be staggering unless a Gracious Exit plan is adopted for whichever plan is adopted. The "Traditionalist Plan" includes such an exit plan, but the Council of Bishops knows in its heart they risk mass defections if their preferred plan is somehow adopted, so they appear to be resistant to allowing congregations to follow their consciences and leave without the risk of litigation. The trust clauses arise out of our denomination's connectionalism, a concept that becomes a sham if the "Anything Goes Plan" is adopted.

John 143 days ago


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         "We need to be gentle with ourselves and give ourselves permission to grieve continued injustice and denominational harm. Lent is maybe the best time of the liturgical year to pause and sit with whatever we are feeling or not feeling right now, especially before we make big decisions. It brings to mind what the disciples might have gone through in those days between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, when maybe they could affirm there would be more to the story but did not yet know what new life was going to come forth."

– T. C. Morrow in a sermon, "Stay the Course," given Sunday, March 17 at Foundry UMC, Washington, D.C. Republished with permission from her Facebook page.

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