Uniting Methodists Leaders Call for Referral of Exit Proposals



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So, Uniting Methodists wants no discussions of church/conference separations? Who knew?

Is that why the general Methodist membership was locked out of the Way Forward meetings? Is that why those hand-chosen members of the Way Forward flew around the world to hold secret meetings that they could have held at a Motel 6 in Nashville?
Their position that it is too late to bring up exit plans is convenient for a group which posts this: “Uniting Methodists is a movement rather than an organization. As a movement we are striving for greater inclusion and genuine representation in pursuit of shared goals.” Wonder if the “Uniting” position is why the Way Forward world-travelers did not even consider an exit plan as a possible “way forward”…
For me, and evidently several others, an exit option would be a most logical alternative for consideration. We of any reality-recognition skills know that there is an impasse which cannot be prayed away, voted away, or swept away by political power. Uniting Methodists wants a UMC where we of traditional values, morals and our religion’s long-time rules simply throw up our hands and give up. Had the Way Forward been of open doors and open minds, they would known of and delivered an exit plan for equal consideration. Predictably, the bishops’ hand-picked minions delivered only studies in naivete, long on cliches and short on reality.

Reese 68 days ago

Seems like empty breath

I don't see how moving this to 2020 makes any sense. The congregations and conferences that support the Traditional plan already intend to leave regardless of what this GC says. Best to simply resolve this now and move on as a denomination sans malcontents.

eric pone 72 days ago

It's like the Hotel California

They can check out anytime they like, but....well, if they wanted to leave, they would have done so long ago. Instead they want to damage the institution now that they are a remnant and few individuals under 40 years of age support their bigotry. So instead they want to take buildings which do not belong to them. Not so fast. Let them wither on the vine. Let them be subjected to a drawn out process, the hangout route. Let them endure rhetoric reminiscent of that employed by Charles Manson's defense attorney Irving Kanarek, who was characterized by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi as "the Toscanini of Tedium." We've endured their bigotry so long. Let 'em wait. Those edifices in Opioid Country aren't exactly appreciating.

George Nixon Shuler 72 days ago

Vindictive Huh?

Couldn't help but notice the vindictiveness in your post. Doesn't sound like a church with similar church members that I would want to be a part of

Bryan Nazworth 70 days ago

Notable Quotes   

     Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata preaches on the healing power of love at the April 26 evening service at the 2012 General Conference."To be God’s people is to be reminded that God is the Creator of each of us. We are all part of the human family. And in our human relationships we come face-to-face with a wide and wonderfully diverse family of individuals each unique but each beloved by God. Although we do not always agree, I believe it is important for us to know that we hold more in common with one another than any differences that keep us from caring for one another."

– Bishop Bob Hoshibata, God’s People Journeying Together, Desert Southwest Annual Conference website.


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