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New UM General Conference Rules Give Pro-homosexuality Bishops More Power, Local Churches And Individuals None - Good News Leaders Fear An "unholy conference"

From: James V. Heidinger II
Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2002 4:13 PM
Subject: G.C. Rules - Important

Dear board member:

I am forwarding on a UMNews Service piece [2004 General Conference planners promise ‘holy conference’] about a few changes for General Conference. For example, and this doesn't look good, they are recommending that bishops serve as chairs of the legislative committees.

Also, they are recommending that for future general conferences, that individuals cannot send in petitions, nor can individual churches, but all must go through an annual conference, jurisdictional conference, or church agency.

We need to be on top of this in terms of rules, etc. One gets suspicious about what's behind the changes.

Blessings on you.

From: Ronald A Greilich
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 7:49 PM
To: James V. Heidinger II
Cc: Stumbo@redi.net
Subject: G.C.

Jim & Helen:

This item below [2004 General Conference planners promise ‘holy conference’] is very disturbing to me. I will not be surprised if you have already noted it.

One thing that disturbs me is the idea of making bishops chair of the Legislative Committees. It puts too much stress on the hierarchy.

A second concern is preventing individuals from submitting petitions directly. It moves the UMC away from the democratic process.

There may be other things of concern that were not mentioned in the news release.

It sounds to me as though the pro-gay forces are attempting anyway they can to wrest control away from the general church and the plenary session.

In Christ,
Ronald A. Greilich


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