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The most recent United Methodist bombshell will create information all through 2022 and past — GetReligion

It’s essential to notice {that a} assertion from United Methodists in Africa assured Basic Convention planners that every one their delegates will likely be vaccinated and capable of acquire U.S. visas in time to attend, partly thanks to assist from U.S. conservatives.

Nonetheless, different United Methodists lobbied for postponement. Reporters will definitely need to pursue a rivalry from conservative activists as articulated by the Rev. Thomas Lambrecht of Good News magazine. He asks whether or not “duplicitous” U.S. leaders who “management the levers of church energy” needed cancellation to kill the promised escape clause and “make separation harder and dear for church buildings.” 

In different phrases, journalists have to comply with the cash. Bishops and regional governing items may let departing church buildings retain properties, however Lambrect thinks many will “take a punitive method and demand heavy funds.”

Just a few property lawsuits have already been filed and the official UMNews reported final month that a minimum of 130 congregations have left already. American Pastor Keith Boyette, short-term chairman of the council that is organizing the GMC, says the Wesleyan Covenant Affiliation, which he additionally heads, will rally conservatives that stay within the UMC, and proceed to hunt the escape clause. He predicts the schism will happen in waves reasonably than abruptly this yr, and that many Methodists will “really feel trapped” in hostile regional our bodies. 

SOURCES: Kim Simpson, chair of the Fee on the Basic Convention, and different UMC decision-makers may be contacted through Diane Degnan (ddegnan@umcom.org or 615-742-5406) on the headquarters of UMNews, which media ought to monitor. This conservative site — People Need Jesus — additionally follows developments and posts well timed paperwork and articles, e.g. “5 Massive UMC Questions Quickly to be Answered.”

Boyette is reachable on the GMC workplace, 540-898-4960. The Wesleyan Covenant Association posts contacts for 55 operatives throughout the U.S. and in 4 abroad areas.  A listing of GMC congregations within the U.S. can be searched here.

Different U.S. conservative teams are the Confessing MovementGood News and UMAction. For the Reconciling Ministries Community, Chicago headquarters is at 773-736-5526 or admin@rmnetwork.org. For Govt Director Jan Lawrence jan@rmnetwork.org and for Communications Director Ophelia Hu ophelia@rmnetwork.org

Different sources are listed at this earlier GetReligion Memo: “United Methodists remain on clock: Will 2022 see biggest church split since Civil War? (updated).” See additionally this earlier “suppose piece,” entitled, “Thinking about disunited Methodist future: Questions, terms and fault lines to ponder.”

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