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2019 General Conference

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter seeks to refute recent interpretations of the impact of the Way Forward models on The United Methodist Church. Read more

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The Rev. Maxie Dunnam sponsors the "Modified Traditional" Plan headed to the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota, an African United Methodist clergyman, contends that true motivation for a schism is U.S. church leaders' fear of losing their political clout to leaders from Africa, where the UMC is growing. Read more

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In an essay on the Wesleyan Covenant Association website, the Rev. Joseph F. DiPaolo, a 2019 General Conference delegate, argues that the One Church Plan will merely shift denominational conflict over homosexuality to local churches. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott reviews the petitions on United Methodist unity headed to the special called General Conference in late February. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Sarah J. Rohret outlines a four-point framework for Progressive Methodism. Read more

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Supporters of the Simple Plan acknowledge the legislation faces long odds at the special General Conference next month. Nonetheless, they hope the proposal will help shape the UMC's way forward. Read more

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New findings from Wespath, the pension and benefits agency of The United Methodist Church, show that adopting the "Modified Traditional" Plan will deprive clergy of significant retirement benefits, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks questions why his petition, which contained a proposal from the Commission on A Way Forward's report, was invalidated by the Committee on Reference. Read more

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Arkansas Bishop Gary E. Mueller urges delegates to take another look at the Connectional Conferences model of the Way Forward report. Read more

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The Committee on Reference decided all 48 petitions in the Commission on a Way Forward report – including those of the One Church, Traditional and Connectional Plans – are “in harmony” with the Council of Bishops’ call for Feb. 23-26 Conference. Read more

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The president of the association for Korean American United Methodist pastors says that leaving the current LGBTQ stances without adding punitive measures would be best for his culture. Read more

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Retired Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey explores the importance of connectionalism to the One Church Plan. Read more

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A sudden interest in the Connectional Conferences Plan of the Way Forward report – the most complex of options – raise suspicions for the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith offers some pastoral counsel for enduring the weeks between now and the special General Conference without resorting to constant fighting. Read more

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More than 100 Pacific Islanders gathered recently at Claremont School of Theology for a serious conversation about the human sexuality issues that divide The United Methodist Church. Read more

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The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table, said that in the midst of anxiety over the future direction of The United Methodist Church, she continues to pray for unity. Read more

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Bishop Scott Jones weighed the characteristics of the three models put forth by the Commission on A Way Forward. Read more

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University leaders say they believe the One Church Plan is the best way forward for The United Methodist Church. Read more

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With the helpful image of her "stabilized" bicycle, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas finds a metaphor for how the UMC might move beyond its fear on human sexuality. Read more

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