Proposed Plans … GC2020 Legislation

What you will find here.

This page contains links to proposed plans that will be considered by the 2020 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. As related to the work of the Open Spirit Task Force, other 2020 legislation will be linked as well.
In addition, there are links to press releases, media accounts, and other material related to the above.

NOTE: All quoted material comes from the sponsoring groups’ web sites unless otherwise noted.

Comparison of Proposals to General Conference 2020

This comes from United Methodist Communications. It may be updated as final versions of GC2020 legislation is published or if the Judicial Council rules on specific content from the proposed plans. Note: This chart only contains summaries of the four plans submitted by groups.

UM Next rejects the “Traditional Plan” and is working “to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.”

UM-Forward envisions “a vibrant church living the Gospel and uncompromising on Jesus’ love ethic of full inclusion and affirmation—a church set free from injustice, oppression, and discrimination.”

The Connectional Table, an official organ of the United Methodist Church, “discerns and articulates the vision for the church, stewarding the mission, ministries, and resources as determined by General Conference and in consultation with the Council of Bishops.”

The Indianapolis Plan was the product of a group of twelve United Methodists representing a range of perspectives. The group initially met in Indianapolis in June. The result of their efforts is a “…Plan for Amicable Separation.”

From, “Michigan Conference Bishop David Bard and Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones began collaborating on a plan after the rancorous 2019 General Conference…”

Although the following offerings from Becca Girrell and Sean Delmore have not been submitted to General Conference and are not meant to be “plans,” they thoughtfully reflect realities which impact New England Methodists and give insights on ways to live into a new Methodism.

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