Looking Ahead with Urgency

Uniting Methodists Offer Suggestions for the Special General Conference



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There is no unity

When everybody cites God, Jesus, the Bible and John Wesley and still come to very different understandings about God, ourselves and the church. This is not Methodism at its best or even what John Wesley feared Methodism would become, the form of religion without the power. This is Methodism coming completely unhinged and going off the rails. And I am not naïve enough to believe that the One Church Plan will end any conflict. It will only exacerbate the conflict because then the denomination will be placing the progressive sexuality ethic on equal footing with the traditionalist view. That is not a recipe for peace and unity. it is a recipe for complete and total chaos and conflict at the local level. When it comes to resolving this mess, you are underestimating the laity--something the denomination has been doing for quite some time now. I am no longer surprised that people are not choosing to become United Methodists and have not been for over 50 years.

betsy more than 2 years ago

There is SO much wrong with this article

and the OCP that makes me sad, mad, and ashamed to call myself a United Methodist. You have dishonored me, my family, and our collective of more than 150 years of Methodist service and worship. The Wat Forward committee, along with our Bishops abandoned their role as leaders in a desperate attempt to keep the denomination together. Shame, shame, shame. Rather than look to the Bible and follow God’s Word, they went through a prolonged sham of “searching” a solution that would result in the least hurt feelings, as if we are all snowflakes who can’t handle the truth. The whole process has been treated as consensus building rather than leaders knowing what Truth is and leading their flock to know and follow Truth. It is like our leaders wanted to know opinions (as confirmed by this article) rather than God’s word. It feels like our leadership abandoned us in favor of some opinion poll. It feels like my whole worship experience has been reduced down to an opinion survey. That is no way to lead and certainly no way to worship. Our so called leaders let us down and phoned in their responsibities. God’s word isn’t something that should be taught on the basis of a popularity contest. Gathering an array of diverse opinions is no way to lead a Bible study, much less a denomination. Again, our leaders should be ashamed of themselves and resign their positions.

Steve more than 2 years ago

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