by Chris Ritter
Here is the legislation enabling a Hybrid Way Forward for The United Methodist Church: Hybrid Way Forward Legislation Version 2.2
Also known as the Platypus Plan, this model uses a unique status already in our polity as a mechanism for moving us beyond our current impasse. Many variations are possible, but this version represents my current best thinking on the Way Forward drawn from conversations from across the ideological spectrum in the UMC. Other versions using the affiliated autonomous status are also being circulated and these can be weighed on their own merits.
This will be more information that most people want or need. But I commend it to members of The Commission on a Way Forward, our Council of Bishops, my fellow delegates to the specially-called 2019 General Conference in St. Louis, and all those who are praying for a just and workable solution.