I'm Unpacking for General Conference



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Dear Cynthia & John, Words cannot express my appreciation for the service you have provided

to UMC people over the last years, and especially the last few months. No blog that I ever found begins to compare with your wide range of articles and responses.
While maintaining a high standard of decorum and expression, you have laid on the table all possible sides of the issues which confront the UMC. Very fair, very comprehensive, and formatted to allow easy access.
As we reach the end of the open public debate period, I believe that you can proudly claim significant contributions to the open flow of ideas and information. Well done!
You will face new challenges in the following rehash and spin segment starting February 28th. I’m sure that won’t be easy, but I’m sure you will handle it fine. Keep those seat belts fastened - it might be a rough ride!
For the record, I believe that the modified Traditional plan will barely win based on the African vote and that the leading liberal areas will then put the schism machine into overdrive - with the WCA working it from the other side. I hope the UMC leaders will be wise enough to accept the inevitable and adopt fair exit plans, with minimal litigation. Might I refer them to the "Humpty Dumpty" metaphor of things that cannot be put back together?

Be safe in your travels and take time to have fun.

With respect,


Reese more than 2 years ago

Glad you are Packing A Good Attitude!

My thoughts on purity. I believe the Bible teaches us that God's people are to have a different quality of life than the ungodly. That evil doers who ignore God's wise design for living in the area of sexual purity will fall into peril according to the Bible. That moral living is also necessary to enjoy life on earth as God meant it to be lived.

I also believe that clergy who mislead will fall into peril as Zechariah predicted in Zechariah 10:17. “Woe to the worthless shepherd who deserts the flock!” And I believe Jesus seconded the motion - so they had better look out.

Skipper more than 2 years ago

A wesleyan understanding of the catholic spirit

As it applies to GC2019 and beyond.


betsy more than 2 years ago

Your acceptance of “purists”

Leaves me wondering how you believe any organization can function and be effective when it does not possess any core beliefs held in common by all that define who it is and what it is it should be doing? I am not looking for complete agreement on everything but somewhere there has to be agreement on some basics such as who God is, who we are and what our collective mission is--and there is none. The church is totally incapable of speaking clearly about anything and people are talking past each other because everybody is operating from their own unique perspective about everything. Healthy diversity in an organization is best defined as variations on a theme, not full blown different beliefs and understandings about everything. From GC2012 through GC2016 I spent a serious amount of time cruising the internet listening to the UMC. After GC2012 I was stunned to realize that the church was nothing more than a gianormous square raft with umpteen oars lining each side each paddling the best it knows how. At some later point my visualization morphed into water spilled on the floor trying to go multiple directions at once making effective leadership impossible. By the time GC2016 was over the church had become cats with their tails tied together. And now that we are nearing the end of the Way Forward process I realize that the UMC is incapable of agreeing on anything--including that the best way to get out of a paper bag is to simply walk out of the opening. When it comes to God, I may not have everything "right", but at least He is no longer hanging over my life like an unanswered question--which is exactly where I was at after a lifetime of thinking that if I did church long enough something would finally make sense. The only thing that ever made sense was when I finally became so lost, broken and confused by the church that I had no choice but to wander off in search of something better. And I found something a whole lot better than what the church had to offer.

betsy more than 2 years ago