By Chuck Griffin
Holston WCA Chair
Part Three of Three
Previously, I’ve talked about the likely split to come and the value of mutual care for one another regardless of theological differences. I also suggested some steps we can take now to prepare.
As the Holston WCA, we also have to prepare for the reality that progressives and centrists in our conference might decline to move toward mutual care. In the near future, you’ll be hearing about these Holston WCA efforts:
I also should address one issue that keeps arising since annual conference. People want to know if their churches should use the exit provision created at 2019 General Conference. In short, it’s probably too early for such a move and likely far too expensive for most local churches. Remember, if we establish a negotiated division of the United Methodist Church at 2020 General Conference, there may be little immediate expense for local churches—pension and other liabilities could be divided equitably between the new denominations. By the end of September, we should have a better idea of what will be proposed at 2020 General Conference.
Blessings on all of you! Be sure you have registered for e-mail updates. Simply go to the bottom of any Holston WCA web page and look for the registration box.