Author: Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland, Executive Director, Mainstream UMC There is a lot to be learned from General Conference 2019. Most of it is not good. That does not mean that we are without hope. "We do not grieve as others do who have no hope." 1 Thessalonians 4:13 First, both the “left” and the “right” agree on the numbers. We had 384 votes for the One Church Plan. … [Read more...] about 4 Lessons From St. Louis
General Conference 2019: Day 4 Author: Rev. Dr. Mark Holland, Executive Director, Mainstream UMC I wanted to put something out before I go out to dinner with some of the amazing people with whom I have had the privilege of working this year. More will follow in the next few days. The Hurt. No way around it, this hurts. My heart breaks for all the LGBTQ persons … [Read more...] about The Hurt, The Hope, the Mechanics
Author: Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland, Executive Director, Mainstream UMC The mood this evening is interesting. There is a mixture of grief and fatigue at the loss by the One Church Plan. No one is totally surprised. We knew it was an uphill battle with bad math. But we are clearly disappointed. At the same time, the U.S. church isn’t going anywhere. We are … [Read more...] about General Conference 2019: Day 3
Author: Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland, Executive Director, Mainstream UMC Sunday was a tough day. In prioritizing the plans, the Traditional Plan came out on top with 56% and the One Church Plan had 49%. The difference is 56 votes out of 864. We need to swing 30 votes to defeat the mean-spirited Traditional Plan that would certify, punish, and evict all who disagree. We … [Read more...] about General Conference 2019: Day 2
Author: Rev. Dr. Mark Holland, Executive Director, Mainstream UMC The first day of General Conference 2019 feels different. There is a palpable tension in the air. This is a momentous conference, and everyone knows it. I was initially skeptical of the “soft opening” with a day of prayer, but it was probably the right way to begin with everyone so on edge. I still marvel at how great the … [Read more...] about General Conference 2019: Day 1
Author: Sonya Siebe, Member, First United Methodist Church Omaha Dear General Conference Delegate, Thank you for receiving this e-mail, giving your time, and thoughtfully considering your vote at the upcoming General Conference. I’m writing to you from Omaha, Nebraska. In 2000, my (now) wife and I began a journey to search for our church home. We were new to the Omaha … [Read more...] about Seeking an Inclusive Church in Nebraska
Posted by: Mainstream UMC Dear Delegates, As we travel to St. Louis, we have a clear choice. Are we going to vote to create a church where there is grace and a place for everyone? Or, are we going to vote to create a church where one group triumphs over another and certifies, punishes, and evicts all those who do not share their view? The One Church Plan inserts grace in the … [Read more...] about Grace or Eviction?
Author: Trevor Hands, Garden City, Kansas To the Delegates of the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. First let me begin by thanking you for representing us in what is assuredly an emotionally charged decision. I know the task at hand has been fervently prayed for. I continue to pray for all of you as you make your decision. I wanted … [Read more...] about A Kansan’s Journey to Acceptance.
Authors: Donald P. Wiley, Reserve Lay Delegate, North Texas Conference Daniel Soliz, First Alternate Lay Delegate, North Texas Conference Rev. Owen Ross, clergy delegate, Director, Center for Church Development, North Texas Conference Tim Crouch, lay delegate, Chair, North Texas Conference delegation A common theme in the … [Read more...] about Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing