ST. LOUIS (Feb. 26) — After hours of delaying tactics by opponents, the United Methodist General Conference 2019 delegates passed The Traditional Plan 438 to 384.
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Each night of General Conference, we have asked Holston delegates to share their responses to the day’s actions. We have shared all those received. Here are today’s responses:
Rev. Randy Frye
I came to St. Louis troubled by the story of Acts 10 and seeking to discern if this was another Acts 10 moment. I deliberately chose to listen and learn.
While I ultimately chose the Traditional Plan, I’m not convinced it is a way forward. It’s going to result in more frustration and probably defiance. If it didn’t require so many constitutional amendments, I would have chosen the Connectional Conference Plan for it allowed us to remain a Methodist family in three separate strands.
My heart aches because of the pain so many are feeling tonight, and my prayer is that healing will come as we focus on our mission of making disciples and changing lives.
Today was the hardest day yet. So much hurt and harsh words and lack of respect and orderliness. With the disappointment of those who wanted the One Church Plan in addition to those who saw their Simple Plan get eliminated, as well as the Connectional Conference Plan, it was a stressful day.
Although the Traditional Plan prevailed, which made many delegates sigh relief, it still has many components that will be challenged.
I will be glad to get back to Holston, the conference I love.