Bishops Amend What's Heading for 2019 General Conference

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No Peace

“The Council of Bishops encourages the entire church in this season to hear the words of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:3, that we ‘make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,’” said Bishop Carter....

There can be no "unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace". Every proposed plan provides official approbation for those who purposefully seek to injure LGBT members of the UMC. One cannot 'play nice' with someone who seeks to destroy you.

Ben 38 days ago

Clarification requested

Ben, could you explain to us who is seeking to “destroy you”? What does “destroy you” look like to you? Please also clarify what it means that one cannot “‘play nice’”. Do you intend to play naughty or unkindly? What does that look like? It certainly does not sound loving! I don’t understand.

Scott 36 days ago

GC 2019

Why would it take months to do the translations? I suspect that the delay simply allows for more monkey business by the COB. Yeah, I have trust issues.

Kevin 41 days ago

Time constraints

So at what point should the laity now expect to have the nuts and bolts in writing for each proposal that met the deadline as set forth in our beleaguered Book of Discipline? One gets the sense that those Bishops who control a majority of the COB have lost confidence in an open process by which a majority of the General Conference will vote on what our BOD is to say on the issue at hand. Are they afraid of promoting or rejecting the gracious exit proposals which both sides apparently believe are necessary so proponents of either viewpoint can live with their respective consciences on the issue at hand should the vote not go their way? I'm sorry if I sound mistrustful of our COB but after the colossal "mistake" in the wording of the proposed amendment relating to gender equality, one has to wonder what's truly going on with this group.

John 41 days ago


Notable Quotes   


    "We Christians have serious repair work to do. We need, first, to hold ourselves to higher levels of accountability than that required by the law. 

    "Second, we must corporately and personally embody repentance, humility and prayerful commitment to victims as we come to terms with the damage done by the Church. 

    The Rev. L. Gregory Jones serves as dean of United Methodist-related Duke Divinity School. (Duke Divinity Photo)"Third, we must begin to work to rebuild trust. This will take a long time, as one of the great tragedies of any betrayal or breach is how much longer it takes to rebuild trust, if it is possible at all, than to destroy it. This will require courage, truthfulness and a willingness to change.

    "Fourth, those of us entrusted with educating and forming clergy need to change. We need to pay greater attention to issues of sexual abuse and institutional accountability in our coursework and scholarship; focus more on the character expected of those entrusted with clergy leadership; and identify how to minimize the risks of damage by complex organizations, its leaders and their exercise of power."

– The Rev. L. Gregory Jones, dean of United Methodist-related Duke Divinity School, in an op-ed "Rebuilding Trust in the Clergy," published in the News&Observer.com

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