The Liberal UMC Bishops’ Plan, Part 5: Bringing Peace and Unity, or Something Else? 

Juicy Ecumenism | 7/27/2018 | John Lomperis
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This continues a series examining the proposal to the United Methodist Church’s specially called 2019 General Conference which has been endorsed by a majority of our denomination’s active U.S. bishops and which is being marketed as “the One Church Plan.”

There are other plans submitted to this General Conference, which will be examined later.

UMC - Judicial - Council - Proposals - Plan

The UMC Judicial Council has now published all of the specific legislative proposals of this plan for amending our denomination’s governing Book of Discipline as Exhibit A of a case for its upcoming October session. Meanwhile, a congregation whose senior pastor strongly supports this plan has posted its entirety online, including its official narrative summary.

I am presently highlighting some key contrasts between some of the rhetoric and misunderstandings surrounding this so-called “One Church Plan,” and the actual facts about it that have now been made clear.

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If you are just starting or would like to see my summary of the plan and overview of this series, please click here.

MYTH: This plan would include generous space for traditionalists “without disrupting their ministries” and would keep congregational voting “to a minimum,” as the plan’s narrative summary assures us, thus bringing a new level of peace to our denomination’s internal conflicts.

FACT - Plan - Level - Conflict - Disruption

FACT: This plan would bring us a whole new level of divisive conflict, disruption to vital ministries, and — in the long run — this plan, more than any other, would MAXIMIZE divisive votes by congregations.

This plan would transfer many of the bitter sexuality conflicts seen at General Conference to multiple central conferences and annual conferences.

Glance - Provision - Congregations - Unions - Congregations

At first glance, the provision to allow congregations to host same-sex unions as long as these congregations vote to adopt a policy allowing them may seem relatively modest to some observers. But given the differences of opinion in most U.S. congregations, getting the whole membership together to...
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