2019 General Conference

Three United Methodist bishops from Central Conferences convened a consultation including prominent leaders of various perspectives on the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church. Read more

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Two clergymen share examples of the differing views on whether The United Methodist Church should divide. Read more

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The results of the special called 2019 General Conference have led many annual conferences to withhold their "fair-share" contributions. Read more

Finance and Administration

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines ways that Central Conferences can fund future ministries if United Methodist apportionments are reduced by schism or dissolution. Read more

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First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, N.C., made big news locally when it announced it had adopted an official policy of welcoming LGBTQ people, including the prospect of allowing same-sex weddings despite a UMC ban. Read more

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Asbury Wesley Statue

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Final version of letter from Asbury alumni and students opposing the Traditional Plan gets new circulation through social media. Read more

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Will the denomination act toward schism or splinter? The Rev. John E. Harnish says it’s still too soon to tell what might happen. He urges careful consideration of consequences. Read more

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GC2019 Bishops Group

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Bishop David Alan Bard of Michigan and Bishop Scott J. Jones of Texas think they've come up with a plan that would preserve connectional ministries but allow more freedom of theology and practice. Read more

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Simon Mafunda, a delegate to the 2019 General Conference from Zimbabwe East, responds to Rev. Lloyd Nyarota's recent analysis of Reform & Renewal Coalition actions. Read more

Perspectives 9 Comments

Leaders in different parts of The United Methodist Church differ over what impact this year's delegate elections will have in overturning the Traditional Plan or splitting the denomination. Read more

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More than three-fourths of U.S. annual conferences have rejected the Traditional Plan in a "breathtaking" backlash, reports the Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland of Mainstream UMC. Read more

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The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect of certain petitions adopted as the Traditional Plan. Read more

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Delegates who have been involved with the Commission on A Way Forward and have supported the One Church Plan are asking the Judicial Council to reconsider its ruling on the Traditional Plan's constitutionality. Read more

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The Rev. Lloyd Nyarota, a United Methodist pastor from Zimbabwe, interprets the political manipulation of African delegates by American conservatives at the 2019 General Conference. Read more

Perspectives 31 Comments

United Methodists use social media to track General Conference delegate elections and votes on issues, especially Traditional Plan rejection. Read more

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The Rev. Lea Matthews sees her ordination as a deacon in the New York Annual Conference fraught with "complexity and complications," writes Jim Patterson of United Methodist News Service. Read more

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Because of the adoption of the Traditional Plan, the Rev. Patrick Walker is marking the silver anniversary of his ordination by surrendering his clergy credentials, writes his friend Stephen Drachler. Read more

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Is it worth holding on when our personal convictions of liberating love are being held in Egypt? Or is it time for us to plan our Exodus and dismantle forms of oppression and injustice in whatever forms they present themselves? asks Zach Nell. Read more

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Having sounded the warning of conservative takeover for years, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas counsels now, it’s time to pick up the pieces and actually live out of our calling to be in the image of God. Read more

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