The Simple Plan is the OnE Church Plan without the Harm
You can find The Simple Plan in the United Methodist Commission on the Way Forward—it comprises the best parts of the One Church Plan, and adds nothing more. The Simple Plan removes all identity-based, discriminatory, and punitive language from the Book of Discipline, favoring grace and religious freedom over institutional law, following John Wesley’s example.
This Special United Methodist General Conference in 2019, the choice IS simple.
As I look at the prospect of ordination in my near future, I am unsure as to whether my home conference would ordain me…
The Simple Plan is the only plan that I can support with integrity as I strive to be an ally with United Methodist LGBTQ+ people across all the conferences of our connection.
How could any of us who have known or know about Methodist legislation that excluded some persons, continue to support excluding legislation? Family does not do that to Family!
If the story of Job’s friends ended after verse 13 of chapter 2, we would have a lovely story of accompaniment, of empathy, of support; something to guide us as we journey together through the most difficult moments of life. Those who are familiar with the book of Job, though, know it doesn’t end here.
I have long wondered why some Methodist Christians endorsed slavery, segregation and did not resist the burning of crosses at KKK events. And refused me entry to their worship services, kept me from swimming at Lake Junaluska, and denied me entrance to Duke Divinity School; all because of my race.