ST. LOUIS (Feb. 24) — What happened today? If you watched the live stream, you know it’s not easy to understand the implications of General Conference actions.
One of our Holston delegates, the Rev. Wil Cantrell, helps explain today’s proceedings in his easy-to-digest blog.
Says Cantrell: “The Traditional Plan has the most momentum right now though, as noted earlier, garnering over 50 percent of the vote is much easier in a priority vote than in a vote for final passage.” Read Cantrell’s blog.
Delegate Becky Hall noted that the “glitches in the technical and electronics caused us to lose time today, making the next two days even more precious and filled.”
Hall also said: “The statement that unity doesn’t mean uniformity is becoming a common phrase — as a way forward together is trying to be created.”
The Rev. Kim Goddard said: “I am encouraged that after a slow start with the voting devices, we stayed on track with the agenda. Hopefully this sets us up for an easy start to tomorrow’s work.”
Here’s the United Methodist News Service story that also helps explain the day’s actions: Pensions, Traditional Plan top priority votes
“Legislation recommended by Wespath Benefits and Investments, the denomination’s pension agency, topped the final tally with 518 high-priority votes,” according to UMNS. “Those two petitions deal with how to handle the pension liabilities of departing churches and the accrued benefits of departing clergy.”