2019 General Conference

A talk by the Rev. Adam Hamilton on interpreting the Bible offers a way to keep the United Methodist Church together: dropping our assumptions about scripture and one another. more

Views from a Ridge

The Rev. Jeremy Smith outlines and analyzes the extreme control and punitive measures contained in the Traditionalist plan of the report from the Commission on A Way Forward. more

A Way Forward

Although derided by traditionalists as "the progressive plan," the One Church model recommended by the Way Forward Commission is far from progressive, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith in the second of a four-part series examining the commission's report. more

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The Rev. Tim McClendon disputes reports about the nature and intentions of a private meeting of delegates on the "One Church" model from the Commission on A Way Forward's report to the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward

Responses from the participants at a regional meeting on the Way Forward proposal leave the Rev. Richard Bryant deeply concerned for the UMC's future. more

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The English-language version of the Commission on A Way Forward's report is included with the published docket for the Fall meeting of the Judicial Council. more

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Painful as the Rev. Rob Renfroe's words are to many United Methodists he considers friends, the Rev. James C. Howell still wants to him to be a part of The United Methodist Church. more

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Panelists at the July 16-18 Uniting Methodists' conference in Dallas spoke with deep emotion about being accepted by the church and about their devotion to seeing the church stay together. more

A Way Forward

In a closed-door meeting organized by a lay delegate from Northern Illinois, 55 General Conference delegates met in Nashville not to discuss legislation, but to "build relationships," according to the organizer. more

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General Conference organizers have found a way to avoid requiring controversial fees of $200 per person and still cover the costs of The United Methodist Church’s top policymaking assembly. more

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The request asks the Judicial Council, United Methodism's "high court," to determine the constitutionality of the three models contained in the Way Forward final report. more

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The machinations of United Methodist "powers that be" give a feeling that the playing field for the 2019 General Conference is being rigged for a certain outcome. more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global has an additional resource to recommend for those preparing for the 2019 General Conference: "Disunity in Christ." more

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Trying to save money on translation has delayed publication of the final report of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the General Commission on the General Conference. more

A Way Forward

Retired Bishop William B. Lewis draws on a scholar's work to counter the assertion of Good News president Rob Renfroe's prediction of "war in St. Louis" over United Methodist unity. more


Responding to an adverse Judicial Council ruling and scholarly criticism of its attempts to "legislate" the Commission on A Way Forward report, the Council of Bishops has amended the call for the 2019 General Conference. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith summarizes the current political state of The United Methodist Church with an eye toward the "endgame" of the 2019 special General Conference. more

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Retired Bishop William B. Lewis explains how the idea of "local option" on human sexuality actually conforms to United Methodist law, which reserves to annual conferences and local congregations certain responsibilities in ministry. more

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Two annual conferences, New York and Oregon-Idaho, have elected to add more LGBTQ people to their delegations for the 2019 General Conference, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton accepts a challenge from his "favorite conservative" Carolyn Moore to discuss The United Methodist Church's future in ways that are biblical, christological, global, systemic and eschatological. more

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