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#Thread for reflections, commentary, and snark on the Pre-General Conference briefing in Nashville. This is billed as more “informational” than “conversational” event—so those aspects will be here!

Scroll for the whole thread and hold onto your butts.

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First hearing from the Indy Plan promoters.

So we get 20 minutes on this Plan...but now they are saying that all the Indy Plan supporters are now supporting the Protocol.

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The Indy Plan supporters suggest NOT electing new bishops in 2020 because of the upheaval/transitions.

Surely it has NOTHING to do with the wave of progressive/centrist delegates who will shut out any traditionalist bishops in 2020 in every jurisdiction.

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This is a profoundly bad take. The claim ”we have the Bible while you have pagan philosophy” is precisely the tool of the colonizers. And as Audre Lorde taught us, the master's tools will never dismantle the master’s house. #UMCGC #GC2019
Dr. Kulah’s remarks are deeply cynical. He knows the liberal Methodists are vocally critical of western colonialism. The problem is that the theological foundation that rejects LGBTQ inclusion is the same one that supports colonialism.
Or to put it another way, the theological framework that has led Christians in the west to critique colonialism is the very same one that has led to the embrace of our LGBTQ neighbors—along with the whole global church.
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THREAD: Watching the 2019 UMC Special Session of General Conference has been absolutely heart-wrenching.

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Baptized into the church by water and spirit as a baby, the UMC promised to, "...surround me with a community of love and forgiveness, that I might grow in my service to others; to pray for me, that I might be a true disciple who walks in the way that leads to life." #GC2019
Years later, confirmed in the Methodist church, I promised to faithfully participate in its ministries by my prayers, my presence, my gifts, my service, and my witness – and I have. #GC2019
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Beginning of multi-day thread: coverage of General Conference 2019 in St. Louis.

Qualifications: I’m a reserve delegate from the greater Northwest, and a press-credentialed blogger at HackingChristianity.net.

Follow for updates, analysis, and copious snark. #umcgc #gc2019 #umc
Found outside the convention center. Caption options:

- Jesus, you took the wrong wheel
- GC is already off the wheels.
- Where GC is going, we don’t need wheels.

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Opening prayer and service is focused on submission and subservience, surrendering ourselves to God. That’s a good reminder amidst our machinations and seeking to control the votes that we are in service to God. But I doubt those who do that are heeding it. #umcgc #gc2019 #umc
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My heart and hope are with @revjelowe and Pastor Susan Patterson-Sumwalt as they join the thousands converging on St. Louis Missouri this weekend for a Special Session of @UMChurch's General Conference.

The Church will decide the fate of #LGBTQ participants in the church.

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The question before the delegates this weekend is not nearly as complicated as some pretend. In fact, it is quite simple. At its heart, really, the question is simply this: What kind of church does @UMChurch want to be?

@revjelowe

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One that errs on the side of inclusion? Or one that, instead, embraces exclusion?

How the delegates answer that question this weekend will reverberate far beyond the Church.

In these chaotic political times the @UMChurch will decide what side they will take moving forward.

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