Gerrymandering the #UMC: Behind the Traditional(ist) Plan Power Grab



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It is not a power grab

It is the result of the reality that as the American UMC continues to shrink, the African church continues to grow exponentially. And in America, the geographical areas that are shrinking the fastest are those that are the most progressive; not even the election of an openly lesbian Bishop reversed the trend in the Western jurisdiction. Traditionalists do not have to make a power grab, it is a naturally occurring shift within the church. And that shift has been reflected in the most recent General Conferences. Unfortunately, it has not been allowed to play out in the natural manner in which it is occurring because church leadership inserted themselves. Face the reality and think about this question: If the American United Methodist Church is shrinking, why is it that progressives areas are shrinking the fastest? And look at every other American Mainline that denomination that officially embraced progressive thinking; the only thing they accomplished was to accelerate their decline. Think about why UMC leadership is submitting a substantial budget cut to GC2020. What I see is, progressives see themselves as having The Answer, but obviously there are a lot of people who disagree with that premise. It has been proven time and again that there are no people waiting outside the door of the church waiting to rush in because the church has officially "gone progressive". The UMC is dying and it is time for people to stop pointing the fingers to others and start taking a long hard look at themselves and consider the responsibility they have for the decline of the American UMC.

betsy 346 days ago

African Representation

Jeremy you seem to spend half of this post complaining about the growth of African delegates and their soon expected 50% majority. Do you not want our African brothers to be treated equally with Americans, or do you assume we are better and smarter people? The only fair way to assign delegates is by church membership. What else would we use, since the old ones were designed more from an attitude of colonialism. As a white southern traditionalist, I support equal representation for our African brothers. How about you?

Scott 348 days ago

Irrelevant, Dr. Jeremy, who really cares? Votes, representation, conferences? Blah, blah, blah…

This month’s conference is about homosexuality. I will not accept a homosexual spiritual leader or homosexual weddings in my church or my church giving legitimacy to lifestyles my culture has condemned for thousands of years. Obviously, I am not alone. Frankly, many of us are simply tired of hearing about it!
Obviously, you are not alone in believing that homosexual lifestyles are just fine and should be a normal part of the Methodist Church. That’s fine for you all. Whatever.
So, the Traditional Plan is doomed because people like you are never going to accept adherence to the BoD – and will never stop fighting to change it. The Simple Plan is doomed because people like me are never going to accept homosexual lifestyles in our spiritual lives. No need to debate those plans, they’re DOA. Other plans, the timid ones in the middle, will render our denomination officially and internationally confused. What would “Methodist” stand for besides a plethora of clichés and vote counts every few years. No thanks!
I genuinely feel sorry for the Africans and others who receive the bulk of their subsistence from we Americans, yet, after all these years, I am confident that most will find ways to keep their work going on a reduced subsidy. But, the inevitable, “Un-United” end to the old UMC is at hand and it is best if we all accept that. As Lazarus might say, “There are issues here that even Faith can’t heal. Move on.”

Reese 348 days ago

Notable Quotes   

   Retired Bishop William Willimon“Part of being in a church is to be with people that you don’t agree with and many of whom you don’t like. As a bishop, I should be the person saying, ‘I’m going to make it as hard as I can for [this division to occur].’”

– Retired Bishop Will Willimon, quoted in the Duke Chronicle, the student newspaper of UMC-related Duke University.

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