Do What’s Hard, Support the Connectional Conference Plan

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The CCP is an experiment in

how far can a connection be stretched and still be connectional in order to survive the already failing experiment of a single faith tradition embracing theological plurality. My current assessment of the UMC is that It could not come to a consensus that the best way to get out of a paper bag is to simply walk out of the opening.

betsy 14 days ago

Connectional Plan

No one can even explain this plan much less convince people to vote for it. Even if it passes next month good luck trying to get 2/3 of the conferences to pass it. If we implement this we end up with three Books of Discipline and organizational chaos.

Kevin 17 days ago

It should be an Annual Conference decision.

Right now, its very clear who owns the assets. The annual conferences. But it seems to me that this would involve annual conferences giving away assets to another entity.

With that being the case, why would an annual conference agree to give away an asset it owns. This seems like an insurmountable hurdle to effectuate in one piece of legislation. Forget 66% of GC and approval from 66% of the conferences. Each conference, if it is going to suffer large losses, could vote to leave and not give up its assets. But surely, those conferences would work against this plan. It seems like an insurmountable bar. But the problem is this whole gracious exit idea. The structure is designed to force neighbors to work out their differences. That's messy.

It seems to me that the GC should consider doing nothing and then see which ACs vote to leave. Then each AC will have to determine whether they want to stay. If an AC decides it needs to break apart, then that AC will have to decide how to divide up the assets. If an AC has churches that want to take their assets, then they will have to litigate those battles in court. For an annual conference to spend its clergy's pension investments on these disputes would not be very prudent IMO. But IMO that's where the assets are owned and investments are held. The litigation should be within each annual conference.

But GC will be very interesting.

Anonymous 18 days ago


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