I’ve been trying to follow General Conference this week. But with making plans for my move to Sioux City, not to mention my regular work schedule, I can’t say that I have spent as much time following it as I’d have liked to.
The first day of GC 2012 I had signed up for a whole raft of Twitter feeds hoping to get relevant updates, and I did. I also received a great deal of “noise.” Anyone who uses twitter knows the signal to noise ratio is pretty high. There are some people who will insist on posting that they had a toasted cheese sandwich while you are trying to figure out what the delegates are thinking about Call to Action, the CtA plan, Plan B, the MFSA plan etc.
After the first day I unsubscribed from many of the feeds focusing on the posts by Iowa delegates, UMNS, and a handful of organizations and entities whose take I wanted to see. So far it is still too early in the Conference to know how the legislation will go in very many areas. But what we do know is that the ministry of all United Methodists will be effected by the changes that are made to our structure (if they are made) to the potential changes on issues of sexuality, and on issues related to ministry such as guaranteed appointment.
There are a lot of bloggers out there who are quite sure they have the answers to how all these questions should be decided and I’m sure that at least some of them may be right. Some of them are cynical, some of them are optimistic, some have obvious viewpoints they are hoping to express.
What I hope to see in the General Conference is that the importance of the United Methodist connection is expressed in ways that show we are working for goal we profess of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” I’ve been around the block enough times to know that there isn’t just one way that can be expressed. So my prayer is that whatever structure our delegates feel led to choose, whatever theological statements they feel led to make, whatever changes to our Discipline and church law they choose to enact, that they would be guided by God’s spirit to work for the unity of the church, the oneness of God’s people in Christ, and the goal of sharing the loving grace of God with all those we meet.
May God bless the delegates of the 2012 General Conference and may God bless the United Methodist Church as we seek to bring people together for the cause of Christ!