And, the issue is not likely to go away and could come up again at the next General Conference in 2020.
“Just be aware that they will be weighing all sides and will be taking into account previous results,” said Tomlinson, a retired pastor who is currently serving at Lanier United Methodist Church in Cumming.“They will discuss it thoroughly and there may be minority opinions come out. I don’t think any court of law could be any more thorough.”
The message that Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has been sharing is been to keep doing mission work, such as working with those most in need, said Sybil Davidson, a spokeswoman for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
“That’s our strength no matter what and that’s not up for vote,” she said.
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What’s certain is that whatever the council decides, it will alienate some members. The judicial council’s findings could be made public early next week.
“The seeds of division are already there,” he said. “We heard from groups on the left and groups on the right. What we’re not hearing is a whole lot from the middle and most people in the UMC are in the middle. I’m the person who believes we have an opportunity to work through it and hold it together.”