The Inclusive #UMC Wave: Blowback Against the WCA or a Flash Too Late?

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Looking at what is currently happening in American Methodism can be helped by looking at our history.

In the lead-up to what proved to be the 1844 split, the Abolitionists sought to convince their denominations to vote for the anti-slavery position. The reality is that they were unsuccessful in this venture. Not one single major denomination did so.

Pro-slavery Methodists, however, decided to place the name of a slave owner for bishop, James Andrew. They succeeded in electing him. A blowback resulted. Conference delegates who had previously objected to supporting anti-slavery now more strenuously opposed being maneuvered into supporting pro-slavery. The South withdrew defeated.

We are now in the midst of a blowback. What happens at General Conference is not the major issue. What we are witnessing is that more Methodists of good heart refuse being considered ungracious, uncaring, unloving.

Harold "Bud" Tillinghast 8 days ago

I think the WJ knew what it was doing.

I watched a recording of the North Georgia AC. Bishop Sue didn't endorse it, but definitely brought up splitting the conference as a possibility. That befuddles me. I really don't understand how that would work. But we will see what GC2020 does, maybe remove the discipline stuff. Just go Simple Plan. Pass sometype of reorganization of the ACs and Jurisdictions. I don't know.

Jesus has got this. If it is of god, then Bishop Sue won't fail. If its not, then she can't succeed. I'm going to submit to place the interests of my AC above my own and if we split, to place the interests of my church (who seem to be somewhat more liberal) above my own. Looking forward to VBS next week.

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