Despite the ongoing preparations of the Methoblogosphere for the UMC General Conference (expected to be in Fort Worth in 2008), I think that we were all taken by surprise by the sudden meeting and conclusion of this institution last week. Among various rulings:
The United Methodist Church President Bush's own denomination, has added its voice to the growing global chorus of disapproval - echoed strongly by many American Christians - towards the new White House policy backing a military 'surge' in Iraq.
The GC must have met, because only the GC can speak for the United Methodist Church. That, or Jim Winkler, the General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, who has once again "accidentally" allowed himself to be misinterpreted to speak for the whole of the UMC:
"As the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. approaches, we are reminded of his prophetic words decrying the Vietnam War," said Jim Winkler, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, in a statement at the end of last week."
Dr King stated that given the widespread destruction caused by that war, the people of Vietnam must have seen us as 'strange liberators.' So, too, is the United States viewed today by the people of Iraq," he declared.
Winkler called upon the US Congress to oppose sending more troops by withholding funds.
I look forward to Winkler's strident clarification of this repeated misunderstanding of his limited authority within the UMC.
Hat tip: Mad Priest