05-14-2012 Tweetchat Compilation

For our first Tweetup, we had three questions for the participants:

  • Q1: What did you learn/takeaway from #GC2012?
  • Q2: How has this new knowledge changed your Dream (vision or hope) for the #UMC?
  • Q3: What’s one achievable change that would make the #UMC a bit closer to the church you dream about?

Here’s the responses. We compiled only the ones that used the appropriate “Q” tag as those were the easiest to compile and, hey, we are volunteers here!

 

Q1: What did you learn/takeaway from #GC2012?

  • I fully grasped the degree the UMC is a global church, for better and worse.
  • I learned I am disgusted by outside money being used to influence church decisions regardless of which side uses it
  • Also learned we can’t agree to disagree…that doesn’t bode well for building a big tent.
  • I learned again that all or nothing thinking is destructive + stereotypical, but gen conference creates all or nothing outcomes
  • I learned I do not know what holy conversations are, holy conversations are what “community” was to the 90s
  • I learned that calling ourselves United doesn’t make it so. I am willing to admit that we need to change some things.
  • i learned that the mistrust paralyzes a group of 1000 people; the subjects vary. the end is retaliation, 04, 08, 12.
  • I learned that we care deeply for this church but it can stay stuck in the 1950s
  • I saw how unmanageable it is to try to discuss sexuality in a global setting.
  • I saw that we need a #USCentralConference.
  • our polity needs to be WAY LESS centralized… and lay people are undervalued/bishops overvalued
  • structure should follow vision, not visa verse. We still don’t have a common vision
  • Takeaway – there is hope in the voices that are passionate for change, but there are obstacles within our system and rules.
  • That it is wrong to expect reform to happen @ the structural level
  • that white men still in control of umc, though the hegemony is broken and control is not firm
  • The Spirit moves, prophecies still occur and come true. We are blessed and shackled by a global connection.
  • We need more holy convos around MANY issues on a grassroots level.
  • Twitter is powerful – we saw online involvement make an impact. You don’t have to be a delegate to get involved.
  • US delegate needs to vote on US issues and Central Conference on CC issues. Vote what applies to each other only
  • An International Church is quite different of a Global Church!#dreamUMC
  • I learned what I already knew – that views on social issues are culturally determined, then packaged in prooftexted Scripture.
  • That we aren’t as divided as we think (or even previous GCs), I was amazed at how many great people there were! :)
  • We need to find new ways to be engage in “holy conferencing” that aren’t primarily legislative.
  • Always bring cookies. Lots of them.
  • Asking for forgiveness after doing prophetic ministry might be more “vital” and “effective” than asking for permission
  • Change must come from the local church, no from personal holiness and growth in grace, then at the local church!
  • Culture will be leading the church instead of the other way around.#dreamumc
  • expected to move to the Episcopal Church after #gc2012 … But for some strange reason I felt moved to stay & work for change
  • God is still at work in our church
  • God’s not finished with the #UMC yet.
  • I also learned that we have a whole new generation of #UMCwants to be connectional.
  • I first was hurt by #gc2012, but I learned that I would need more patience to continue to be a part of this Church
  • I learned from afar that many love the church, and her people, but in different ways
  • I learned GC is not the answer to our problems. It’s gotta be grassroots#dreamumc
  • I learned more about the incredible power and voice of young people, despite significant obstacles
  • I learned social media will mean people can be connected, engaged as a distance
  • i learned that “united” is a statement of faith not a description of our denomination cc @billmefford
  • I learned that change will only come from a vision of hope, not fear.#dreamumc
  • I learned that Church happens when God’s people, w/o need for permission, claim their place at the table & share w/ all.
  • I learned that code words and christianese (holy conferencing, etc) mask some pretty horrifying ideas.
  • I learned that conversation at GC is more profane than sacred most of the time. Are we doing God’s work or our work? Hm…
  • I learned that even if the UMC never changes, I will be completely content spending my life fighting for it to do so.
  • I learned that even when policy seems stalled, the church exists in worship, hallways, relationships
  • I learned that I have reached a limit and need to do something, take action, participate in change, or else move on. #gc2012
  • I learned that I should read more – starting with brave NC blog from recent Duke Div grad @sshowellhttp://sarahshowell.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/we-are-the-39/
  • I learned that in 2004, it was the Evangelicals wanting to split. In 2012, it is now the Progressives. And that scares me.
  • i learned that RRO does not lend itself to creativity, bold ideas or humor
  • I learned that the best work got done where there were solid relationships.
  • I learned that the legislative process is cumbersome, albeit necessary. Not enough time for conversation on major issues.
  • I learned that the way we do legislation keeps us from BEING the church
  • I learned that there are other United Methodists who share my discomfort and sometimes disgust with our church.
  • I learned that there is a deep deep distrust of giving Central Conferences fiduciary control or representation on money boards
  • I learned that there is more diversity in those who fight for equality than I ever knew!
  • I learned that we believe the world is watching and waiting and that we consider the world to be 2600 people who own computers
  • I learned that we could greatly benefit from discussing race, privilege, power, and people’s movement in #umc
  • I learned that we have a broken church, but that there are many who stand in solidarity together!
  • I learned that we have some serious trust issues#dreamumc
  • I learned that what people “learn” from an experience rarely conflicts with what they knew before.
  • I learned that whatever people are feeling is their reality whether or not it’s truth.
  • I learned we have stop and remember we are the church #DreamUMC
  • I must be in relationship with people who think differently than I do#DreamUMC
  • I think concerns about process are valid. Adversarial politics isn’t getting us anywhere. (RT for formatting)
  • I think many of us have radically different views on what the goal of a church is
  • In many ways I found my voice in the voice of others… and the voice of the Holy Spirit, even in the chaos.
  • it just occurs to me that GC was not designed to address the issues that are most important to the church
  • Learned that wearing a rainbow stole is a good way to ensure lots of people frown & walk away from you. :(
  • lots of groups misuse the “young adult” descriptor when pushing their agenda for the church’s future.
  • Manipulation (from all parties and sides) carries more influence than Holy Conferencing.
  • Movements cannot be legislated.
  • Our problem as a denom is theological, not structural. Hence 50-something% vote on grace.
  • Progressives in the UMC need a unified vision and smarter tactics.#DreamUMC
  • Queers aren’t the only ones hurting. Everyone is hurting – progressives, conservatives, moderates, US, Europe, Africa…
  • Reinforced that we have A LOT of Wesleyan teaching to do with our members.
  • some structural reform is good, if it can support chruches reaching out to their communities
  • that God still works despite ourselves.
  • That it is time for all of us to get to work, can’t wait for top down, need to be inclusive disciple makers from bottom up
  • that our diversity is great but so is our passion
  • that people think the twitter is only for the young’uns. ;-)
  • That the Holy Spirit was in fact working among us, sometimes struggling with us, sometimes convicting, sometimes healing
  • that there are lots of international delegates, but power is unequal
  • The General Church is almost exactly like my small church#dreamumc
  • The rule to leave things that we didn’t get to on the floor increased the stalling & the frustration level.
  • The vast cultural difference between the US and a chunk of the intern’l delegates.
  • the vast gap between what people think the staff of GAs do and how much they are limited by the power of those in charge
  • There are a lot of people committed and sacrificing to keep the UMC united
  • There are an a lot of folks as passionate about #UMC! And many who are passionate about making it better
  • There are some very funny people in the UMC, like#methodistryangosling
  • through being with other #gcyp, I learned #holyconferencing CAN happen
  • transformational change will continue to happen at the local church level
  • Trust issues abound and we have no idea how to heal them#dreamumc
  • W/O a structure that is designed for a global church our diversity will continue to be frustrating rather than amazing
  • we are disappointed when church doesn’t live up to our expectations, and would prefer to remake it in our image.
  • We are sent to local contexts to live out God’s call for our lives.#dreamUMC
  • We really don’t know each other, have trouble communicating with each other– dramatically increases our levels of distrust
  • What did you learn/takeaway from #GC2012?
  • when we depend on schedules and rules then holy conversations get cut off! But you can’t cut off the Spirit of God.
  • You don’t have to be a delegate to have an amazing impact at GC#DreamUMC
  • What does it mean to be a global church? What decisions does the entire body need to make/follow and who makes those decisions?
  • The UMC is an awesome Church, but it is very flawed…just like everything else. Change will come with time
  • 1 The Church is already split. Amicable settlement is the question.
  • 1 The issues are as serious as in 1840….
  • I learned that all people need to be at the table BEFORE a plan in brought to GC
  • that much like the American political system, we will stretch and abuse statistics and demographics to support our own agendas
  • I learned that there needs to be a better process for#holyconferencing that is God-filled and not harmful
  • That even when we think all hope is gone, the Spirit has a tendency to show up and surprise us!
  • There are Bishops who see the need for inclusion.
  • I learned that the UMC is moving backward, not forward.
  • UMs do not trust one another or our broken process we seek to work through & there are still a lot of white men leading us

Q2: How has this new knowledge changed your Dream (vision or hope) for the #UMC?

  • We need to start progressive churches.
  • That we are going to have to take a leap of faith to trust or perish. that we have to learn about each other and find growth
  • I dream of a church that is not a lie, truly opendoors, openminds, openhearts.
  • It has made me realize that my idea of acceptable protest is different than others but I must conversate w those.people
  • to refrain from labels on all sides and allow actions to speak for themselves
  • I am reminded that ministry goes on regardless: Failure to see Good News at gc will NOT prevent me from preaching it locally!
  • I now realize that in order to move forward, we need greater trust. Far too many folks became us vs them
  • That 1000 folks is too many if we want to see#holyconferencing, and that we need delegate term limits more than ever!
  • I also learned in order to move forward we have to be able to discuss w/o feeling the need to “change” the other person
  • @sshowell I agree completely. If we don’t acknowledge our disagreements, how can we move forward at all?
  • – the mission of each local church is more important than ever.#dreamumc
  • Holy Conferences need to begin on AC level. Not top down.#dreamUMC
  • I am more hopeful than ever that we will change with the Holy Spirit’s prompting and the U.S. Church will see revival
  • I have become much more in favor of regionalism/contextualism. Annual conferences and local congregations need to be unbound.
  • I think instead of having a dream or vision or hope right now, I need just to be, and listen.
  • I will be attending my AC even though I have no vote
  • I wouldn’t have understood it before #GC2012, but I’m all for a US central conference now.
  • Is unity worth it is it denies inclusion? Do we lose more than we gain by trying in vain to remain one?
  • It has affirmed my decision to get inside – get ordained and help make this church sustainable. (not just green)
  • It has motivated me to stay engaged and be a prophetic lay voice#dreamumc
  • Motivated me to work harder, be involved, get off the sidelines, stand up with all of my brothers and sisters
  • permanently ditched ordination track. Lay ppl r SO UNDERVALUED & generally taken for granted in this church. I am a LAY LEADER!#dreamumc
  • really more interested in empowering others to live out their Kingdom dreams, maybe that includes, but not necessarily so
  • We have to care for others, love for others is only way to love one another
  • We must find ways to make changes btwn GC’s and use technology to communicate and be nimble as a global church.
  • My dream is for much more dialogue without jumping to conclusions, listening more than talking. blue sky conversation w/o pain.
  • My hope for a fully inclusive #umc has been seriously deferred.#dreamumc
  • My hope is not that we will one day agree with one another. If that is our hope, we should rethink everything.
  • also have committed myself to more honest speech — no more code words, nicey-nice talk
  • Big things like CtA need to be filtered through the ACs to get feedback before presenting at GC.
  • can we be prophetic and transformation and also be shrinking i.e. not conneting to our communties?
  • Change can not be legislated.
  • committed to taking measurable steps towards repentance with our native american sisters and brothers.
  • Dream is that representational and competency-based boards find a happy balance. It’s a big issue now. #UMC #UMClead
  • GC2012 was evidence that authority will be diffuse in the emerging UMC.
  • How has this new knowledge changed your Dream (vision or hope) for the #UMC?
  • I (continue to) dream/hope that the UMC will be UNITED, but in our diversity, not just our name.
  • i also hope we can learn to engage conflict constructively. conflict is a natural and helpful process
  • I am committed to listening closer to the Spirit’s moving & not trying to force my own agenda.
  • I am now even more passionate and committed to building relationships across cultures and other barriers…without agenda.
  • I believe/dream God still has use/purpose for UMC going forward… just hope we are listening/working for God’s & not our own!
  • I don’t know if my dream has changed, but I dream of a #umcthat lives constant communion with table open to all voices.
  • I don’t think it’s changed my dream/vision…I think it’s changed the strategy/path of how to get there
  • I dream of a church that is focused on worshipping & glorifying God, inviting others to do so with us – not excluding folks
  • I dream of a global church that is interconnected but diverse. Of local congregations of people discipling one another.
  • I dream of a UMC where people are not denied their calling b/c of who they are
  • I dream of a #UMC that focuses more on the potentials of connectionalism (sharing wisdom/strengths 4 ministry) than structure.
  • i dream of a #umc where we affirm God is love regardless of belief or practices
  • I dream of discussion theology/ Xtian ethics without resorting to political “camps” and stereotyping each other
  • I dream of more depth to our global relationships
  • I hope that I may see Christ in our church universal again and that when we say all means all…we mean it
  • I must work on my heart before I can work on someone else’s. Love my enemy…before demanding my enemy to love me back.
  • I set up a facebook page for folks to begin thinking of a way forward. Got 1000 members in less than a day.
  • I still have dreams of a unified #UMC, but I wonder how realistic they are.
  • I think I am more ready than ever to act. To take serious concrete measures for a different current reality.
  • I think I’m more ready than ever to act. To take serious concrete measures for a different current reality.
  • i want to believe we’re guided by the spirit but now i know that it is mainly older white males
  • I wonder if other traditions are representing Wesleyan conjunctive thought? Can you name any?
  • I that we move beyond talking about how we’re dying and get busy living out Christ’s call. Together.
  • I’m motivated to influence change in my local congregation. I think change is going to have to come organically from within.
  • i’m struggling to see how a schism will be avoided.
  • It changed the way I believe I and we have to tackle this. It has made me more determined.
  • It has made me more determined to teach Wesleyan theology, more determined to share Wesleyan formation, less fearful.
  • It has made me more realistic about where we are as a denom, and hope for smaller steps of change
  • It made me miss the struggles that promote growth that come from being in a connectional system
  • Less “fixing,” more constructive listening and discerning what a holy life and life together may be
  • making me do local church ministry in the context of the larger church. I am speaking out more.
  • Much projection in protesting “bullying” & “doing harm” (while dictating GC agenda with threats + defending harm of unborn)
  • My dream for the UMC is expressed in Jesus’ prayer for the Church in Jn 17 – we are a part of that picture of flourishing.
  • my dream is STILL that we will be inclusive and welcoming to all and love ppl no matter how different they r from us
  • my dream is to be more than “vital” and “effective” it’s to be prophetic and life changing/giving!
  • No need to wait for GC2016. Change is required much sooner, or we will be waiting for GC2020.
  • not change but fired me up 2do somethg about makg sure that people like me & others arent pushed aside 4 those who wants power
  • Recognizing that so many believe the way I do gives me hope. I feel less alone.
  • That our most important call to action is a call to discipleship & to disciple others in the way of Jesus who Xforms the world
  • that the road ahead of us is harder than I thought, I naively thought we could never split… now I don’t know #heavenhelpus
  • that we have to be willing to change ourselves before we try to change someone else.
  • The change that’s needed will require sacrifice and people willing to take risks.
  • the motivation to keep make disciples through genuine relationships on the local church level.
  • the necessity to teach/preach the significance of our Wesleyan theology.
  • the presbyterians are ahead of us w/ social justice…it makes no sense :(
  • vision shifted from how the UMC denom is/n’t X-like, to a re/new/ed focus on being a movement. Mission, not structure
  • We must change the national discourse on religion. Conservative evangelicalism is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • we need courage to let churches experiment and not punish experiments that don’t succeed
  • We need more congregationalism in our polity (*gasp*) local control to do contextual ministry rather than enforced norms.
  • We need to find ways to allow flexibility for the local church/context#dreamumc
  • We need to stop using the word “survive” and start doing ministries that reaches people
  • We need to talk more all the time, and seek to understand the differences in our conferences
  • we simply aren’t united, so must determine what it means to “stay together” — can we at least agree on the mission?
  • Why are we here again? Shouldn’t grace be unanimous?#DreamUMC
  • Worship and prayer should be focus throughout the GC, not just times in the morning and evening. All supposed to be worship.
  • #gc2012 changed my vision. More hopeful 4 future, for the newest gen, that will not settle for what is but wants what could be
  • #GC2012 forced me to decide how much I love the #UMCand how hard I’m willing to fight for it’s future as a unified body.
  • @willedgreen agreed. If our leaders at #gc2012 can’t make time to worship, what example will our local churches take from that
  • I think we need to stop hearing legislation at #GC. Should be a time 4 worship,#holyconferencing, etc. to empower local congs.

Q3: What’s one achievable change that would make the #UMC a bit closer to the church you dream about?

  • quit trying to legislate for holiness and rather emphasize social holiness.
  • A church that is not led by the “BIG CHURCH”.
  • a deeper understanding and knowledge of Methodist cultures around the world
  • Fix overwhelming trust issues. But how?
  • Full inclusion!
  • Gather a new national coalition with a plan for the UMC#dreamUMC
  • go back to some of our roots of leading social change instead of following it
  • Have our local clergy help educate our local congregations about what is going on in the #umc.
  • having Bishops in our next tweetup
  • I’d be happy if I could get my local church to address physical access issues.
  • invest in the local church, focus less on ad campaigns and expensive meetings and more on the work of the people
  • LICENSED LOCAL BISHOPS
  • much more serious commitment to Wesleyan theological education. We need more curriculum based on theology AND context
  • new emphasis on practical theology at local & general church level, a theology of “doing” church-aka being the body of Christ
  • one thing I will put into practice tonight in the way of loving others is to kiss my boys goodnight, goodnight all!
  • restructure 4 effectiveness in vital local congregations
  • Return to Wesleyan tradition. more local autonomy, more Lay leadership, prevailing GRACE, full inclusion, I could go on.
  • some authoritative voice for the UMC must speak more often than every 4 years!! #rethinkchurch
  • The process is the change can achieve now, in beginning stage. Open conversations with all ideas welcome, Free flow; cull later
  • Try to accomplish less, and discern more.
  • We must stop talking in terms of winners & losers, right & wrong, if we want exchange of information without pple holding back
  • Where is the GC that changes how we do GC? It’s broken.#dreamUMC
  • launch hundreds of progressive new churches and change UMC demographics (OK, may take more like 8 years)
  • A radically different way to do GC2016. I have no idea what that looks like, but we need to start imagining now.
  • A US Central Conference free to set our own standards around the issues that divide the global church. That is it.
  • agreeing to disagree, holy conversations and freer regional discipline guidelines
  • Expand our idea of “church” to include non-conventional forms of ministry (campus ministry, non-profits, on tap groups, etc.)
  • More avenues for sharing across conferences on effective ministry practices, resources for ideas, holy conversations.
  • The global church is not a forum where we can make the decisions we need to make for a thriving US church.
  • We need better education of laity to make this happen. Too many pastors are afraid to speak up!
  • 4 the leaders of progressive and conservative to work on a community service project together; not talking politics. Serving..
  • A more ‘user friendly’ discernment/ordination process. Also empowering disciples to risk/experiment forming new congregations.
  • a US central conference
  • And stop ‘thanking’ extension ministers and mission churches with nothing but budget cuts.
  • Approach ministry in the local church through the lens of abundance, not scarcity.
  • Be the change right where you are, and let the rest of the church catch up to YOU
  • Build networks and create connections between all sorts of folks, esp from the gen boards and agencies
  • build trust among people of all age and nationality in the umc, so we may be united
  • build trust among people of all ages, race, gender and nationality in the umc, so we may be united
  • change comes by focusing on the whole picture instead of focusing all attention on the same issues for 40 years
  • cookies during Plenary.
  • could we ask our leaders to give up more of their power, instead of take on more?
  • Dashboards (obsession only with the quantitative) creates a distorted view of kingdom building that is consumer driven.
  • Dedicate a section of the Board of Ordained Ministry to focus systematically on young clergy issues and statistics.
  • Ditto, US central conference. &, quit trying to motivate US church w fear. Motivate w love (good news)
  • Do big changes in an open-source way: gather info from ACs, THEN make plan, get info from people, REVISE plan. Done! Boom!
  • Don’t be afraid to rock the boat…question the status quo…keep doing what we are doing…
  • Eliminating institutional discrimination
  • Encourage more collaboration & working together rather than fighting against each other.
  • Encourage more laity to take lay speaking (now lay servant) ministries training!
  • Encourage term limits on delegates to General Conference#dreamumc
  • everyone joins a new monastic community with a rule of life…wait that may be going to far
  • Full inclusion. Open doors, open minds, open hearts.#dreamumc
  • Full inclusion.
  • GC2016 via Twitter!
  • Get rid of dashboards!!!
  • have more General Church meetings via technology. Use airfare savings to fund missional churches.
  • Having a church ‘government’ willing to streamline itself the way the local church has to. Achievable and not really a choice.
  • Hold a conference every 4 years (alternating with GC) just for Xtian fellowship.
  • I think Rev. Eric Law with Kaleidoscope Institute should be part of planning & prep for GC2016.http://www.kscopeinstitute.org
  • I want a GC that focuses on what Christ would have us do, not on how it affects our pension plans
  • I would set a term limit on bishops.
  • I’d really like to be in meaningful conversation with our sisters and brothers in Central Conferences.
  • Identify the “UM way of discipling” – a flexible process any local church adapts to context = make disciples = transform world
  • If a local church welcomes all, SAY IT LOUD! Don’t make us guess. LGBT with children can’t take chances.
  • Increased conversation within the church globally and locally about our distinct identity as Methodist
  • intentionally and prophetically stand with those at the margins, literally and figuratively. #standwithmark #wearenowhereumc
  • Launch class meetings at my local church and be ready to respond to the question – “How is it with your soul?”
  • limiting the # times 1 person can serve as a delegate to GC – new voices allowed to speak. eg6X in lifetime = 24 yrs in umc
  • Lots of achievable if we don’t wait for #gc2016. Change starts now and local.
  • Make the US a Central Conference (yes, I think it’s achievable).
  • Make US central conference, stop worrying about “imminent death” and do ministry, and real holy conferencing #shutupandlisten
  • Making the ordination process less about testing faith, and more about developing it.
  • More churches participating in accountability groups like historical class/band meetings
  • more tranparency in any attempts to radically alter the power & financial structure of the #umc
  • Needs no legislation– start “Methodist Societies” (accountable discipling communities living baptismal covenant) everywhere
  • nurture staff across agencies to work together rather than let the CT dictate how/when/why that work gets done.
  • One change I see us making is making the US into a Central Conference with rights to vote on parts of the BoD
  • Parliamentary procedure training for GC delegates (congressional debater volunteering to do it, right here;)
  • plan & execute a large #UMC -wide Wesleyan conference that both challenges, encourages, & equips.
  • Planting/revitalizing churches dedicated to inclusiveness & grace#dreamumc
  • print transcripts of these chats and mail to every GS and Bishop.#dreamumc
  • Promoting an environment where people value loving the other over winning against the other
  • reach out to my CC friends and people of color to make sure that the tweet chat has a wider range of voices.
  • Realizing that we are all sinners and unworthy of God’s grace, our church shouldn’t be throwing stones but loving one another.
  • Remembering that the US is a mission field of the church as well. We all have our corners to tend to.
  • Second to full inclusion, reorganize to give focus to the local church, bottom up instead of top down
  • share models of communities that truly value diversity & dialogue. They exist – let’s promote them
  • Somehow make the #umc safe for lgbt people, esp. out here in the wilderness. Hamilton & Slaughter’s Hail Mary is not enough.
  • Space for “other” voices (like the ones a) to be communicated and heard, instead of only being seen and silenced.
  • speak to church through our action, being in our contexts to be the church we hope to be together..despite what the BoD says.
  • Stop fixating on the local church as the ONLY source for ministry.#dreamumc
  • Stop waiting for GC to tell us what to do and do it ourselves. That way we have more fellowship and togetherness at GC.
  • Stop worrying about our fears….just do ministry….
  • streamlined ordination process & appointment of young clergy to churches w/significant potential.
  • Support each other in our differences. My beliefs must be challenged, not directly, but through relationship.
  • The achievable change is how I can do ministry in the local setting to empower young people, current leaders of our church
  • US a Central Conference. Emphasis on Wesleyan theology. Hold those who deny Wesleyan theology accountable.
  • US as a Central Conference with balanced representation (as in US House + Senate) so Western Jurisdiction is not power-blocked
  • Using social media to be connectional and know each other, be able to develop trust
  • we also need to focus less on survival and more of sharing our faith so that people will come to believe. I know, I know.
  • We have issue, ppl do not feel heard. Churches start sm groups w/ppl from other side to talk. Not 2 change other, but hear.
  • We need more than White people on. I feel like I’m the only minority person. Am I?
  • We need something other that Robert’s Rules of Order for decision-making
  • We need to stop waiting for permission from the GC to be church. We should be the church anyway, face consequences expose hate
  • What’s one achievable change that would make the #UMC a bit closer to the church you dream about?
  • What’s one achievable change that would make the #UMC a bit closer to the church you dream about?
  • Why that? “Methodist” connexional ecclesiology means church equals NETWORK of congregation & societies, not just congregations
  • Working hard to get 100% involvement in small groups at the local church level, comunity is a #meansofgrace
  • Q3: have the general church agencies prioritize resourcing local congregations because that’s where church happens
  • a church where ALL are welcomed #gc12love#allmeansall
  • make sure all delegates are correctly informed on issues; have more than English translation of DCA
  • We need to sadly acknowledge our differences, part amicably.
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DreamUMC is a grassroots effort to effect change in the United Methodist Church. We have bi-weekly twitter-based conversations where all UMC folks are invited to join and let their voice be heard. Click here to learn more.

The movement began after General Conference 2012 and is amplifying and organizing in ways beyond conversation. Click here to learn more.
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