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 248 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 247 days ago

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   "God gave us a brain to use and we should not park it at the door when we enter the church. We also look to the traditions of the church to guide us, as well as our experiences collectively and individually as we engage with all of God’s creation. We, of course, are guided by scripture, but not from a highly literalist read of scripture that excludes these other ways of noticing God. An interpretation that focuses on a few passages, but completely ignores other passages does not help us see the fullness of God’s love."

– The Rev. Jack Amick, "Why the Traditional Plan Doesn't Convey Grace."

"We need to be gentle with ourselves and give ourselves permission to grieve continued injustice and denominational harm. Lent is maybe the best time of the liturgical year to pause and sit with whatever we are feeling or not feeling right now, especially before we make big decisions. It brings to mind what the disciples might have gone through in those days between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, when maybe they could affirm there would be more to the story but did not yet know what new life was going to come forth."

T. C. Morrow in a sermon, "Stay the Course," on Sunday, March 17 at Foundry UMC, Washington, D.C., posted on Facebook.


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