Bishops Seek Court Ruling on Way Forward Plans

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This looks like an attempt to get the judicial council to weigh in on one alternative over another. The COB wants them to put their thumb on the scales. I hope the Judicial Council simply sends this request back to the COB.

Kevin 38 days ago

Cart before the horse?

I don't pretend to understand all the esoteric workings of this process, but how can the Judicial Counsel rule on the constitutionality of a provision that has not yet been (a) submitted as a legislative proposal with the details in fine print and (b) actually passed by the General Conference. This seems more like an attempt by the COB to request an advisory opinion on proposals which might not even command the majority of the delegates' votes in an effort to prevent some provision from even being considered by the delegates of the General Conference. It smells of fear rather than trust in the process and trust in God's will as revealed in the decisions of the General Conference.

John 38 days ago


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    "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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