General Conference 2019 and the Null Hypothesis

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The Majority may actually speak up

I believe the majority will pass the Traditional Plan to keep Methodist values. And that would be in everyone's best interest. To tell people they are not sinning when they are is not in anyone's best interest.

Skipper 120 days ago

2019 General Conference

I am hoping and praying you are right. Leave things as they are. I am not ready to accept same sex marriage in my clergy’s life. To me it’s clearly not part of God plan, not the way my Bible reads. If another plan was accepted for the church, I would most likely remove my membership. My relationship with my God is utmost. Let’s all pray for the Lord to be in control of the Convention. Our only hope!

Joye 117 days ago

proposals

Amen Joye, the Bible is clear on Homosexual life styles Romans 1:26-27 is very clear as well as many others. Our goals as Christians should be to be in right standing with Jesus and the Bible.

Sarah Richards 70 days ago

Null vs intolerable

If no decision is reached at GC 19 the status quo continues. The WCA finds the lack of enforcement intolerable. With no change in sight they will have to leave or eat crow and stay.

Sarah J Flynn 122 days ago

Thank You Thank You

Finally, some has finally broached the potential for nothing being done at all. Frankly, this is my preferred approach. It sends a rebuke to both sides that they have wasted resources in a fruitless stupid fight. It also sends a message that Churches are going do what they want to do regardless of how the caucuses feel about.

Eric Pone 123 days ago

Interesting view of GC2019

However, I believe that forming the null hypothesis needs to begin with this question that takes the long-running nature of this "discussion" into account: "Are the decisions re sexuality previously made by General Conference, the only thing that can make decisions for the whole church, valid?" Obviously, the answer is mixed: For many it is valid. For many it is not valid. This then leads to another question: "Does it make sense to restructure the church to accommodate those who refuse to abide by the current decision making process?"

betsy 123 days ago

Null

That is indeed a possibility. In which case it will be clear that the bishops failed and GC 2020 will have to deal with it. Positions will continue to harden and compromise will be difficult to achieve. Maybe the gracious exit will get a better look.

Kevin 123 days ago


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