Things To Do
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|PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO|
|THEOLOGY YOU CAN UNDERSTAND|
ACTION PLAN: WHAT CAN I DO?
The biggest disadvantage we face is the suppression of information. Most do not know about what is going on except for what is being "spoon fed" to them. The Reconciling Movement has the support of many within the upper leadership of the denomination either through the direct actions on the part of the clergy and bishops or indirectly by their being silent on the issue. Most will only address the issue when faced with angry confrontation and then their attempts are to minimize and suppress. The Bishops don't want full disclosure on these subjects because that would just add fuel to the conflict. Most sit in their pews each Sunday morning in ignorant bliss. Even those bishops who are sympathetic to our cause are pressured to suppress, because they are faced with militant Pro-Reconciling forces which will cause them serious grief and accuse them of "promoting hatred and violence" if they try to promote a balanced view.
Please pray for them. Sometimes you can just get tired and beaten down. You just don't want any more conflict, so it is easier to submit then it is to stand strong. This has happened over and over again within our denomination. Consequently, what as been achieved by the Reconciling forces is a "call for openness and the sharing of ideas and perspectives", without it actually being offered. It just has the appearance of being offered. Unlike your situation, many parishioners do not know exactly where their pastor or delegate to annual conference stands on these issues. If you don't know, ask them about it. The views of your church body may not be the views that are expressed by voting at annual conference.
Here is another way to take individual actions. One very important source of information which is tightly controlled is the United Methodist Media sources. Perhaps there is something we can do to make them more willing to be open to allowing the expression of other viewpoints.
(Note for other Annual Conferences who use the United Methodist Reporter contact your Conference Communications Chairperson)
FOR THOSE IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS Encourage others to write to:
Write to him about the United Methodist Reporter and other UM publications. Tell him you are tired of the lack of balance and the suppression of evangelical views and opinions. Tell him that you are tired of opening the paper and continually being bombarded with Reconciling promotional articles with no way for anyone to respond to those articles except through the occasional token "Letter To The Editor" that is allowed through. Tell him if things do not change, that you will begin supporting legislation to stop using the Reporter in our conference. We don't have to you know. They have no official ties to the General Conference and there are other conferences that do not use them as a media resource.
ACTION ITEM FOR ALL UNITED METHODISTS
Also write a similar letter to:
Cynthia B. Astle