other than the WCA will decide what the future holds.”
Bishop Bruce Ough, Council of Bishops president, in a statement listed the new association’s emergence among recent moves that have “fanned the fears of schism.”
Those moves, the Dakotas-Minnesota Area bishop wrote, also include conferences voting noncompliancewith restrictions related to homosexuality and the election of the denomination’s first openly gay episcopal leader, Bishop Karen Oliveto. The association announced its launch on June 30 before Oliveto’s election.
Association organizers strongly object to Ough’s characterization, noting they have done nothing to violate the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s governing document.
Greenway noted group organizers are loyal United Methodists who have kept their ordination vows, paid church apportionments and worked to keep fellow evangelicals from leaving the denomination.
Ough told UMNS that he included the association in his statement because “what we see around the church right now are actions and counter-reactions.”
“It’s not a productive pathway for us,” he said. “And I think many — if not most — in the church really do want the commission to succeed, without defining what that success looks like yet.”
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