‘Plain Grace’ Offers ‘Gracious Affiliation’ Alternative to Acrimonious Split

Timeline Would Extend Discernment Period

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Delay?!

You desire to delay our exit, to give us adequate time to think lest we "put the cart before the horse"? Surely, you jest!

We've been fighting our LGBT issues since before 1972! We should have made a split decades ago.

Will you deign to allow a decision before my death?

Ben U 55 days ago

I am all for this plan

It is based on logic not emotion or frustration that has accumulated over years of dealing with a hopelessly broken system. It slows down the process of separation. It would give local churches some breathing room. Currently, there are too many important decisions that affect millions being made from a reactionary state of mind. This is too important for us to be going about this like we are flinging a handful of different colored Jell-O at the wall and seeing what sticks!

betsy 66 days ago

A good idea

This is sensible. I like it a lot.

Mike 69 days ago

Plane grace

Divide the assets in 2028?? Does he think we can really stretch out the timeline that far. By 2028 it will all be over one way or another. This plan will prolong the bitter fighting for years driving people out the door until there is little left to divide in 2028. No thanks. We need to move faster than this.

Kevin 70 days ago

Not fighting ... but realigning

I disagree with the idea that this prolongs bitter fighting. The fighting has occurred because of the "winner take all" mentality that's existed for the last five decades. With PGP, everyone who chooses a Fresh Expression will put their energy into making that Expression as effective and attractive as possible - not tearing at the throats of others who would never choose to join that Expression. Asset division becomes an objective and less contentious process and - when following the outline of the PGP - avoids the UMC suing itself in secular courts all across the country.

I encourage folks to read this plan in depth and pray fervently for God's will to be done in the UMC and Fresh Expressions birthed from the UMC, as it is in heaven.

KW 69 days ago

Please Pay Attention

It seems to me that Mr. Holbrook has proposed something worthy of our attention. It might truly prove to be a way forward that many of us may support. Please, forward this article.

Frank Ashton 70 days ago

This plan doesn’t go far enough

There are a number of problems with this plan. Foremost among these is that it doesn’t totally provide for a split. There is still too much association between factions/expressions. Second, the timeline is much too long. Finally, this plan is to similar to the Connectional plan.

I still prefer the Indianapolis Plan.

Steve 68 days ago

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