Jeremy over at Hacking Christianity has a pretty exhaustive guest post by Greg Nelson covering all the vantage points of the schism and unity plans for the United Methodist Church heading into General Conference 2016.
Just a Taste:
Yes, the battle has begun for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. Not the battle over delegates or votes or the ability to demonstrate on the floor of the conference, but the battle over the key narratives. Perhaps in church politics the old saying Carpe Diem “seize the day” should be changed to “seize the narrative.”
In May of 2014 this process began when a group of conservative United Methodists proposed that the solution to disagreements over the acceptance of LGBT members and clergy was an “amicable split.” At that time, someone asked me why this was coming up so early. My reply was:
It is an attempt to seize the narrative.
The challenge of narrative is that they only tell the story you want to hear. Our challenge as part of the quasi-democratic body of The United Methodist Church is to try to read between the lines. There are impacts hidden in every proposal. And sadly to say, some proposals will come to the General Conference with the intent of adding to the confusion.
You will want to brew some coffee and be ready to digest this one. It isn’t super long (like Jeremy’s posts can be), but it’s thick with angles to ponder.