Today is the first day the rumor mills churned out of control. If you skim social media, you might pick up any of a hundred different rumors about what is happening behind the scenes at General Conference. It caused us to change our agenda so that Bishop Bruce Ough could address the rumors. He came to talk about our brokenness and our inability to rise above our human differences to be the body of Christ. Can we be one church in spite of our differences? The Council of Bishops have determined that we must stay united. Unity is our only option as people of faith, though the bishops themselves are not fully united. They do not advocate any separation or radical restructuring of the church. They will preside over the church we ARE, not the church some want us to be. They remain open to listen and discern. We are who we are, and together we will figure out who we will be. We belong to God and to one another. We are challenged to redouble our efforts to commit to unity.
So, most of the rumors aren’t true, and the we will deal with the text that is, rather than the multi-layered, multi-faceted subtext that raises fear and expresses distress, to live together in a context of brokenness, but with hope and assurance that God is with us in all our struggles and strife. Thanks be to God.