Bishops Seek Declaratory Decision from Judicial Council on Special Session

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Declaratory decision

Why would we bring all those people together simply to evaluate one proposal? If the bishop's proposal fails to pass then we are right back to where we were. It makes good sense to consider other proposals. We need to get resolution on an issue that is hamstringing us. Let the delegates consider all options.

Kevin 122 days ago

"Bishops Seek Declaratory Decision from Judicial Council"... Seriously?

Excuse me. How long has it been since the Judicial Council issued any "Declaratory Decision"? How long since the bishops even wanted one? Did JC issue one on the lesbian bishop? No, she's still in the saddle out West - even with an "in good standing" atta-girl. How about gay clergy in general - some estimates of 100 or more in the UMC - any Declaratory Decisions on those? Hello? Same-sex weddings? Any clergy been Declaratory Decisioned yet? The JC is M-I-A on the BoD!

Now, after a quarter-million $$$ or more has been spent on flying the Way Forward members around the planet for closed meetings, my guess is the bishops will become apoplectic (vs. apostolic) if anyone dares to introduce a different plan from the three we see. So, those JCs better be extra-declarative in their decision! However, my guess is that both "traditionalists" AND full-inclusion progressives will have alternative offerings. Is the special conference going to be on TV? Of all the religious channels, seems like one would cover the UMC smackdown. Hope so!

Reese 126 days ago


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