Plan Recommended by COB Rejected

Date Posted: 2/25/2019

Photo by Brant Mills
During the third day of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, Legislative Committee approves Traditional Plan and two petitions for Disaffiliation. One Church plan fails to receive votes to advance.
Day three of the Special Session of the 2019 General Conference was devoted to the work of the legislative committee. Throughout the day, the committee methodically worked through the petitions before them as they had been prioritized on the second day of the Conference.
Oscar Garza, lay delegate from Cypress Trails UMC Spring, asserted that the at times tedious process was of the utmost importance. “I am actually excited about it because although it may look like a boring process, it is an organized and orderly process,” Garza said. “That is something everyone should be excited about as we come to this, and come to this with grace and loving one another. “This kind of process helps us to maintain that kind of decorum.”
Throughout the morning and early afternoon, the legislative committee addressed the following petitions and related amendments:

  • The Traditional Plan for The Way Forward
  • Two Petitions for Disaffiliation
  • The One Church Plan for The Way Forward
The Traditional Plan and the two petitions for Disaffiliation received the votes to move forward into tomorrow’s plenary proceedings. The One Church Plan, however, failed to receive sufficient votes to advance into tomorrow’s session.
Although debate was emotional at times, the proceedings remained orderly and with sober attention to a just process. The Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner, delegate from First UMC West, joined her fellow delegates in affirming the substantive nature of the day’s work. “The spirit among the gathering is serious and demonstrates respect for one another,” Warner said. “It is a distinct privilege to participate in this work.”
The Rev. Steve Wende, delegate from First UMC Houston, encourages members of the Texas Annual Conference to continue to cover the delegates in prayer. “We need your prayers. Everything we are dealing with is so important. It is people’s lives, the future of the church, and being faithful to Christ’s command to reach all people with his love,” Wende said.
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