Those starchy tubers with different names like Idaho, Russet, or Yukon are all potatoes. And, though the family of sun-ripened red beauties includes the San Marzano, the Roma, and the Campari, they are all tomatoes. Yet all of us recognize that a potato and a tomato are, despite finding them both in the produce department of a grocery store, very different. So it is when we compare the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the newly-launching Global Methodist Church (GMC).
The postponement of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church until 2024. The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation won’t be considered until at least then. But your local church doesn’t have to wait until 2024 to make a choice about its future. There are provisions for congregations to disaffiliate from the UMC at any time. Before deciding to “just stay with what we know” or to disaffiliate to become part of the GMC, you should be aware of the significant differences between the two.
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UMC, Transitional GMC, WCA Proposals
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By the way, the differences in pronunciation (about potatoes or tomatoes) are not simply regional; they serve more specifically to identify class differences. American pronunciations were considered less “refined” by the British upper-class in which there was a specific emphasis on the “broader” a sound (hence, potahto and tomahto). So, well, of course, the UMC elites dismiss the WCA and GMC as ruffians, don’t you know, dahling? Whyever would we expect otherwise?