Rev. Ough, the current episcopal leader in Minnesota, is infamous for letting arch-heretic Sprague off. He is getting ready to do the same, using the same weasley words and nuances he did then.
He has issued a press release. In it are a few statements necessary for more to see.
For instance, this one.
There are several authorized bodies in The United Methodist Church that express the will of our denomination. The General Conference speaks for the church. The Council of Bishops exercises oversight and support of the church’s mission. The Judicial Council determines the constitutionality and legality of actions taken by individuals or constituted entities of the church, in this instance, the action taken by a jurisdictional conference. At times these bodies collaborate, and at other times this work is done independently. The Judicial Council will express its own perspective and give its own rationale for its decision.
Do you see what he is saying? He is ready to cause a constitutional crisis — even more than the one created by those in the West who sought to break the UMC in electing Oliveto.
If the Judicial Council decides to rule against allowing self-avowed homosexuals to even be candidates, it appears Ough will take the Erdogan route and simply void the decision. He’ll do it in the name of the commission or some other farcical notion.
If he does this, the UMC is done.
So be it.