Author: Mainstream UMC
The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) has doubled down on their call for schism and has listed it as their first priority for General Conference 2019. Meeting in Marietta, Georgia on November 2, they issued a statement saying an exit provision “should be adopted prior to the consideration of any other proposed legislation.”
The Traditional Plan which they had supported emerged from the Judicial Council in tatters. The church’s conservative-leaning highest court unanimously ruled that 40% of the plan is unconstitutional. Much of what was thrown out were the “gracious exit” components. Now, without their divisive plan, they want to split the church first.
And if that does not work, the WCA President, Keith Boyette has submitted a petition to General Conference 2019 to dissolve the denomination. After they destroy the church, then they want to form a “new Methodist denomination” with only people who think like they do.
So, if we are reading this correctly, they want the first petition considered to divide the church and they want the last petition ever considered by the United Methodist Church to be to dissolve the denomination. They have positioned themselves as the illegitimate mother before King Solomon in 1 Kings 3:16-28 saying, “It shall be neither mine nor yours; divide the baby in two.”
The One Church Plan believes there is room in the church for all of us. We can hold together diverse opinions from across a diverse church. We believe we can be a model of unity for the deeply divided United States and others around the globe. In fact, the supporters of the One Church Plan believe this diversity makes the church stronger, not weaker. The General Conference Delegates need a gut check: Are we willing to work for unity, or should we just cut the baby in two?
- Read our Mainstream UMC Newsletter about the Traditional Plan Here
- Read the WCA statement for schism Here. Then click on “resolution” in paragraph 7.
- Read the WCA petition for dissolution Here. Pages 227-231.
- Read the WCA plan for a new denomination Here.
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