MFSA plan not folding entirely into Plan B

Since last week, rumors have been swirling that the Methodist Federation for Social Action, which drafted one of the restructuring plans, would throw its support behind Plan B, another alternative put together by an ad hoc group of United Methodists.

It turns out those rumors are greatly exaggerated.

Last night, MFSA releasedastatement saying that while MFSA leaders have engaged in fruitful discussions with Plan B leaders, “There are some areas where we disagree.”

In its statement, the progressive caucus said it encourages those who have offered Plan B to:

  • Strengthen the collaborative nature of the Connectional Table and lessen its control functions
  • Expand the membership of central conference and racial /ethnic participants in the Connectional Table and the agency boards – including at least one member from each central / jurisdictional conference on each agency’s board and specifically including racial / ethnic caucus representatives on the Connectional Table
  • Relocate some agencies in the organizational structure, notably the General Commission on Religion and Race, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and United Methodist Communications.

The group’s statement also outlines its guiding principles in evaluating restructuring proposals.

The group is already making changes to its organizational plan. Tracy Merrick announced Monday that MFSA would recommend the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits remain on its own, rather than being folded into the General Council on Finance and Administration, the denomination’s finance agency.

To read MFSA’s fullstatement:4-21-12 Response to Restructure including Plan B

You can see charts of the agency reconfiguration under each plan’s current legislation (before the changes announced this week).

Connectional Table/ Call to Action Interim Operations Team’s plan

MFSA’s plan, “A New UM Administrative Order”

UMC Plan B

Sign up for our newsletter!

umnews-subscriptions
General Conference
On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist leaders offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. UM News will host a panel discussion on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation proposal at 9:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 13. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Video archive: UM News interviews protocol developers

Leaders who helped develop a separation plan for The United Methodist Church answered questions about their proposal during a live event Jan. 13.
General Church
Delegates pause for prayer at the 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis. A group of 2020 General Conference delegates and other church leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines is proposing a new form of unity. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Delegates offer proposal for church unity

United Methodist leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines are offering a “Christmas Covenant” and inviting others to sign on.
General Conference

Church future under negotiation before GC2020

United Methodist leaders of varied perspectives on LGBTQ status struck an optimistic note about conversations that aim to find consensus before the next General Conference.