Seeing a Way Forward: Dave Nuckols

Dave Nuckols. Video image by United Methodist News Service.
Dave Nuckols
Video image by United Methodist News Service

Dave Nuckols is a 2019 General Conference delegate who also served on the Commission on a Way Forward. He spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Way Forward member addresses questions about GC2019
Dave Nuckols has been getting a lot of questions leading up to the special 2019 General Conference. Some of them, he says, are misconceptions that must be clarified.

“Why I support the One Church Plan”
Dave Nuckols feels the One Church Plan strikes a compromise that would de-escalate the heightened tension surrounding the church’s debate on homosexuality.

One Church Plan supporter analyzes other plans
Though he’s for the One Church Plan being considered at the special 2019 General Conference, Dave Nuckols sees aspects of some of the other plans that he likes.

Homosexuality debate “should not define us.”
Dave Nuckols said there’s global momentum behind the One Church Plan as a way to avoid schism in The United Methodist Church.

One Church Plan has both pros and cons for LGBTQ United Methodists
Dave Nuckols serves on the board of the United Methodist Reconciling Ministries Network. He said that while the One Church Plan does require a lot of compromise for LGBTQ United Methodists, many of the reconciling churches he’s spoken with support the legislation.

Expect deeper conflict if no plan passes
Dave Nuckols said that if delegates fail to pass any of the Way Forward plans considered at the special 2019 General Conference, it won’t mean we just “stay where we are.”

“God’s not done with The United Methodist Church.”
There is much anxiety over the future of The United Methodist Church as the special 2019 General Conference draws near, but Dave Nuckols feels there is still hope if “inward-facing arguments” can be dropped in favor of focusing on the church’s mission to transform the world.

This is the 18th in a series of video interviews by United Methodist News Service. View all interviews.

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