Recently Read: NEJ resolution recommends letting regional bodies adapt Discipline

Recently ReadUMR’s friends Erik Alsgaard and Maidstone Mulenga published a post at tonight on the adoption of a resolution by the Northeastern Jurisdiction asking the Council of Bishops “Way Forward” study committee to allow regional bodies to adapt the Book of Discipline to their specific contexts:

The Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church approved a restructuring resolution recommending the bishops’ study commission on sexuality include a plan to allow regional bodies — such as jurisdictions — to decide for themselves to adapt the Book of Discipline within their own ministry context.

Delegates approved that and two other resolutions to show disagreement with church law on sexuality issues. One of those, a petition for “non-conformity” to denominational church law, was later ruled out of order by the presiding bishop.

The third resolution, a proposal to have annual conference Councils on Finance and Administration agree that there is “no money” for church trials, was eventually ruled in order after it was amended by deleting the title.

The restructuring resolution, brought by the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, from the Baltimore-Washington Conference, called for a recommendation to the bishops’ “Way Forward” commission that is expected to review all church law related to sexuality.

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Then, perhaps each church should post: (1) we are conservative or (2) we are liberal/progressive or (3) we are evangelicals or (4) we support all faiths or (5) we preach a Crucified and Risen Savior.

How in the world would/could the umc remain a connectional fellowship?


It’s clear that the UMC is no longer united. Time to end the farce. I don’t want to be associated with a church that performs gay marriages and ordains practicing gay clergy. Correction — I won’t be associated with such a church.


So if GC approves some plan that allows moving forward in Unity with disagreement- you plan to leave? What happened to accwpting a covenant and living with what GC says as many on the oyhwr side have done for 40+ years while seeking change?

William Moore
What a short sited position to take. How about if a region adopts prosperity theology, reformed theology or a Pentecostal requirement to speak in tongues? Does the rest of the United Methodist Church have anything to say about that? In an attempt to “get their way” on one issue they are throwing the whole United Methodist Church into chaos. At what point do you cease to be a church when each (reign) does what is wise in their own eyes (Isaiah 5:21)? If we have different theology, different practices and different goals are we really a church?
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