MCUSA: FAQ on Polity and Practice Resolutions
Posted on June 18th, 2015
The MCUSA executive board has collected questions and feedback on the resolutions, and has offered a document with answers to a number of the frequently asked questions. You can view it here.
Here is perhaps the most important part, for those of you providing feedback for delegates on how to vote:
11. What difference will it make if either or both of these resolutions – Forbearance and Membership Guidelines – pass or fail to pass?
If both of these resolutions pass, the Executive Board will see it as a mandate to hold together the traditional stance of our church with an approach that grants freedom to congregations and area conferences to work things out in their own context, with mutual accountability with the CLC. If the Forbearance resolution does not pass, the Executive Board will see it as a call to emphasize/enforce our traditional stance. If the resolution on Membership Guidelines does not pass, the Executive Board will take it as a mandate to free congregations and area conferences to work out their own practices without specific accountability to the commitments stated in Part III of the Guidelines. In any case, the Executive Board will take into account the degree of support or non-support for each resolution in the voting process, as well as the specific feedback from table groups
Please feel free to share your thoughts on these responses.