Africa Initiative gathers delegates before GC2019

Many central conference delegates attending the Africa Initiative’s pre-conference gathering this week near St. Louis expressed support for the Modified Traditional Plan at The United Methodist Church’s special called session of General Conference, which begins Feb. 23. The delegates gathered for the training workshop before the denomination’s top legislative assembly did not take a vote on the plans. But many of the about 200 delegates, reserves and observers at the two-day gathering said they planned to support it. The Africa Initiative is an unofficial advocacy group in Africa. The group has not directly endorsed a specific plan, but originally declared support for the Traditional Plan during its annual gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, in August. The Modified Traditional Plan adds to the Traditional Plan a committee with authority to hold bishops accountable to the sexuality standards in the Book of Discipline. The Book of Discipline is The United Methodist Church’s book of polity. Participants came from all three African central conferences, with delegates from Eurasia and the Philippines also attending.

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