During a press conference held Wednesday on the final day of UMC Next, Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli, senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church of Washington, D.C., told those gathered that there would be a “wide variety of resistance tactics” to the Church’s official position.
“For some of us, resisting the Traditional Plan means violating the Book of Discipline. For some persons in their context, it might not,” said Gaines-Cirelli.
“There will need to be a wide variety of resistance tactics all leaning into and seeking to help accomplish the commitments that we have made together here.”
Gaines-Cirelli added that “others will risk other kinds of things, but not for a variety of reasons be able or willing at this time to break the rules of the Plan, of the Discipline.”
IRD’s @markdtooley tells Christian Post that #UMCNext panel “tacitly admit they have lost at the general church level” and departure of liberal United Methodist members and churches “will unfold incrementally, depending on local context.” @Puritan1986 https://t.co/lgEma93JhW
— IRD (@TheIRD) May 23, 2019