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Future Prospects Part 4

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In Part 4 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens presents an overview of significant legislation adopted by the global assembly. more

Jul 21, 2016 1:00 AM 2016 General Conference

Future Prospects Part 3

Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

In Part 3 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens looks at efforts to change the American-centered Social Principles into a truly global faith statement more

Jul 14, 2016 1:00 AM 2016 General Conference

Future Prospects Part 2

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In Part 2 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens analyzes the daunting task of creating a truly global denomination without a clear plan of union. more

Jul 7, 2016 1:00 AM 2016 General Conference

Future Prospects Part 1

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

In Part 1 of "Future Prospects," a four-part series on how the 2016 General Conference has reshaped The United Methodist Church, Darryl W. Stephens explores a little-known but widely backed theological statement on accepting differences. more

Jun 29, 2016 12:44 PM 2016 General Conference 2 Comments


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