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Louis during General Conference, a gathering of the nearly million-member global denomination, which is also the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The General Conference was called to consider several plans meant to carve out a way forward; some proposals were crafted in an attempt to avoid a church schism over sexuality, an issue that may lead to the conservative and progressive factions going their separate ways.

But as delegates from around the world gathered to debate and vote on plans and petitions, the path to creating unity within the denomination narrowed as the long-standing divisions between the two sides grew. Kaylor serves as a regional contact for the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a conservative organization within the denomination.

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Its members support the measures passed in St. Church-watchers had anticipated the passing of the One Church Plan, which was recommended by the Council of Bishops, a body with limited authority made up of all active and retired UMC bishops.

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The One Church Plan would have left the decision to ordain and marry LGBT individuals up to local churches and regional annual conferences, but this plan was voted down. The Rev. Louis—which is LGBT-affirming. Louis without noticing seemingly irreconcilable differences or seeing a growing split in the church. The church also recently approved a plan to secure pensions for clergy who might choose to leave the denomination, and they approved a disaffiliation plan to enable churches to leave more easily. Any attempts from denominational leaders to foster healing and unity will likely fall on deaf ears as congregations further entrench and brace themselves for the unknown future.

Regional bodies of the church have also started announcing that they have no intent to abide by the Traditional Plan.

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It is unclear how much of the plan will go into effect as many within the denomination expect a large portion of plan to be ruled unconstitutional under church law. Adding to the confusion are new allegations of voter fraud taking place at General Conference, which were uncovered by The New York Times , putting the whole process under a cloud of suspicion. Mark K. Alfred T. Mark Tooley. Publisher: Bristol House Ltd , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.

View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Do you ever read news reports from United Methodist officials and wonder from where his or her ideas came? Review : You don't have to be a Methodist to be intensely interested in the integrity of faith and life in a Christian community whose influence touches us all.

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Buy New View Book. Customers who bought this item also bought. Stock Image. Published by Bristol House New Trade paperback Quantity Available: 1. Seller Rating:. Published by Bristol House Ltd There is worship and some plenary, but mostly you stay with your committee until adjournment at The adjournment time prior to dinner was by design of the Commission on the General Conference and one thing that I heard no complaints about.

During that early week, I had dinner meetings every day — in fact I did not eat outside of the Convention Center for any meal from Monday morning until Friday evening when our delegation gathered for dinner!

We just had an hour for lunch during the first week because our lunch was provided on site. Judi Kenaston, chair of the United Methodist Commission on General Conference, gives thanks for the many decades of services by the Rev. The second week, which meets with the whole plenary, we continued with the Agenda and Calendaring meeting. I generally had meetings over lunch sometimes getting to eat and sometimes eating crackers after we returned to plenary at And we worked until pm each day.

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Following the adjournment, I usually had an additional meeting. I generally got back to the room at 9 or and had to get up at the next morning. A few of the responsibilities that I had as chair of the Commission was giving an opening address to the General Conference on the first day; cutting the ribbon to open the exhibit hall, welcoming the ecumenical guests to a luncheon with the Council of Bishops, and being a guest lecturer at a seminary class that met each morning during General Conference.

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As chair of the General Conference Response Team, I also was called upon to consult on situations that arose. During the second week, I also met daily with the group planning the wrap up message, which should be available to be viewed at Annual Conference.

What is a favorite story or memory in your role as chair of the commission on The General Conference? There were so many. As chair, I had the opportunity to participate in many groups including the Connectional Table, where I was an invited guest for the quadrennium At General Conference , they made the chair a member of CT.

Then following that I traveled with the Secretary of the General Conference to Zimbabwe where we taught a class at Africa University, helping the students understand what General Conference was and how they could write petitions. That was a fascinating trip. What was your greatest challenge?

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For me the greatest challenge was interpreting the work of the Commission. After a decision was made a press announcement would go out and then the bloggers would start. Some bloggers and constituent groups would put out misinformation to galvanize support for their position. Frequently it would be based only on a fragment of truth and much of it was inaccurate.