2019 General Conference

In the last of three parts, the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo offers some suggestions for improving the representation of United Methodists to General Conference Read more

Global Nature 2 Comments

Portions of the-called Traditional Plan that have been ruled unconstitutional demonstrate just how far into "wonderland" and away from Methodism conservatives have taken the denomination, writes the Rev. Dr. Rebekah Miles. Read more

Perspectives 10 Comments

Annual conferences throughout worldwide United Methodism will consider resolutions on sexuality, environmental stewardship and the future of the denomination. Read more

Finance and Administration

Nearly two-thirds of Americans now favor same-gender marriages, which The United Methodist Church refuses to perform. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

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A major question for The United Methodist Church in contemplating its future is how we define representational governance, writes the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more

Global Nature 5 Comments

A Colorado United Methodist communicator has gathered links to many annual conference petitions intended to resist the Traditional Plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 1 Comments

The time for United Methodist bishops' "walking alongside" LGBTQ United Methodists is over, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Perspectives 6 Comments

After 10 years preparing for ordained ministry, Ian C. Urriola has decided to relinquish his candidacy because his LGBTQ brothers and sisters can't be ordained as well. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Pacific-Northwest camping ministries pledges full inclusion of all people at its campus and in its activities. Read more

General Conference 2019

Chastened by the results of the 2019 General Conference, the Council of Bishops pledges to listen more to the church and sets up a team to visit and hear ideas for the UMC's future. Read more

Finance and Administration 2 Comments

An embattled Iowa clergywoman has resigned as a campus minister, while support grows for a Florida pastor facing charges for performing a same-sex wedding. Read more


The word "practicing" – omitted from some GC2019 legislation – has a deep and significant meaning for the United Methodist Church's ministry with LGBTQ people, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

The committee said it found inconsistent wording in the several petitions that enacted the Tradition Plan. Read more

General Conference 2019

Council of Bishops' President Ken Carter of Florida urged his sister and brother bishops "to welcome unconditionally, walk together and worship constantly" in the face of schism threat. Read more

Finance and Administration 4 Comments

Retired Bishop Michael J. Coyner thinks the denomination can be saved if it concentrates on some of the basic elements of the faith. Read more

Perspectives 18 Comments

The Rev. Darren Cushman Wood takes a deep, frank dive into the meaning and implications of the recent Judicial Council decisions upholding parts of the Traditional Plan and an exit plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 2 Comments

The four-page document from BWC's Discipleship Council bases its declaration on parts of the church's constitution and on historic Methodist documents. Read more

General Conference 2019 2 Comments

Legislation can be used to enforce, but it is rarely effective in persuading people to change their minds, so remaining and resisting continues to be a viable option, writes Dr. David W. Scott Read more

Global Nature

The 2019 confirmation class of First UMC in Omaha, Nebraska refused to take United Methodist membership vows because of the 2019 General Conference's action to tighten LGBTQ bans. Read more

General Conference 2019 11 Comments

The Judicial Council's rulings on the Traditional Plan have various United Methodist groups talking seriously about leaving the denomination. Read more