Large South Carolina UMC Asks to Withdraw from Denomination

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And so it begins

The exit of churches from this denomination will only increase in numbers, especially if the General Council adopts the "One Church Plan" a/k/a the "Anything Goes Plan" in February. Not a threat, but merely a prediction. The litigation costs will be staggering unless a Gracious Exit plan is adopted for whichever plan is adopted. The "Traditionalist Plan" includes such an exit plan, but the Council of Bishops knows in its heart they risk mass defections if their preferred plan is somehow adopted, so they appear to be resistant to allowing congregations to follow their consciences and leave without the risk of litigation. The trust clauses arise out of our denomination's connectionalism, a concept that becomes a sham if the "Anything Goes Plan" is adopted.

John 168 days ago


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     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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