On July 17, 2018, the Unity Oversight Committee published the document: “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions” (“Regard and Practice …”). The document is an attempt to solve non-compliance issues in the church. Ordination is not mentioned, but the challenge of women’s ordination and the 2015 San Antonio GC Session vote is the backdrop of the published document.
In San Antonio, 42% voted yes to allow Divisions to decide concerning women’s ordination. A 2/3 majority of the TOSC was in favor of this. The Church is divided, and the current situation must be met with wisdom and statesmanship to avoid a possible serious schism in the Church.
Appeal - Unity - Procedure - Regard - Practice
The appeal is for unity. The procedure suggested in “Regard and Practice …” includes coercion and humiliation as part of the process to obtain unity. Is it reasonable to hope that the result will be unity? Or, is it uniformity that at best will be the result? “The secret of unity is found in the equality of believers in Christ” (EGW 1SM 259).
The auditors have reported that more than 80% of unions around the world are non-compliant in relation to various parts of the GC Working Policy. This may include issues of exploitation, abuse of power, corruption, fraud, and nepotism within leadership. Such issues and others must be dealt with in a professional way. Have the provisions of the GC Bylaws Article XIII Sec. 1. c, and GC WP B 95 proved insufficient? Have these provisions been applied?
Church - Issue - Recognition - Women - Pastors
The Church has struggled with the issue of equal recognition of women pastors for more than 40 years. This issue is of a totally different category and of a magnitude that demands a separate and individual handling, and not just a procedure prepared for any non-compliance issue.
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