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March 15, 2012

Change Proposals Draw Sharp New Critiques

byCynthia B. Astle

March 13, 2012

With less than five weeks to go before the opening of the 2012 General Conference, critiques of both the Council of Bishops’ Call to Action program and the radical restructure proposed by the Connectional Table are flying thick and fast around The United Methodist Church.

Within the past month, four major critiques or alternatives have appeared on the horizon, giving delegates to the 2012 General Conference even more to consider as they prepare to descend upon Tampa, FL, April 24-May 4 for the denomination’s once-every-four-years global legislative assembly.

To date, major statements have been issued by:

·       Bishop Minerva Carcaño on behalf of leaders of the Western Jurisdiction,

·       The Wisconsin Annual Conference delegation,

·       A task force of the General Council on Finance and Administration, and

·       An ad hoc group that calls itself UMC Plan B.

The latter group supposedly is made up of leaders from 15 annual conferences, four jurisdictions and two Central Conferences. Although no annual conferences or individuals are listed on the Plan B website, the site is registered in the name of Joe Whittemore, lay leader of the North Georgia Annual Conference affiliated in the past with the Good News and Confessing Movement conservative caucuses.



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