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Commission on A Way Forward

Both the Africa College of Bishops and the Philippines College of Bishops have recently released statements in which neither endorsed any of the three Way Forward plans, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

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Of all the Way Forward comparisons floating around the Internet, Reconciling Ministries Network recommends one created by Way Forward commission member Dave Nuckols. more

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Recounting his family's strong devotion to the Methodist tradition, Bishop Julius C. Trimble reminds United Methodists that the bonds of baptism are stronger than mere membership. more

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Bishop Thomas Bickerton says delegates to the special 2019 General Conference should "let God do what God does best" in Way Forward deliberations, in the latest UMNS video installment. more

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The Judicial Council's unanimous ruling clears the way for the One Church Plan -- the model recommended from the Way Forward report – to proceed to the special 2019 General Conference in February. more

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Bible Hourglass

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The words of the Holy Bible don't change, but our understanding changes as we realize that God's redemptive power transcends our prejudices, writes the Rev. Creede Hinshaw more

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Speakers in oral arguments before the United Methodist Judicial Council insisted that constitutional guidance from the high court is crucial to the denomination's unity. more

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The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell recalls that the arguments used to keep people oppressed seem to be those now being used against LGBTQ-plus people in the church. more

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Conversations taking place around The United Methodist Church indicate there are lots more decisions to come on the conference and local levels, say church leaders. more

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The United Methodist Judicial Council is being asked to help guide the denomination through its efforts to determine a model for unity amid diversity over scriptural authority and homosexuality. more

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Wespath, the pension and benefits agency for the UMC, has begun exploring options to continue serving the church no matter what is decided at GC2019. more

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Great Plains Annual Conference has developed a chart on the three models of the Way Forward Plan that is being used in discussions around the region. more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global offers four interpretations of the meaning of the African bishops' statement affirming traditional marriage and resisting UMC schism. more

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North Central Jurisdiction delegates meet to build relationships in advance of the special 2019 General Conference on United Methodist unity. more

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United Methodist bishops in Africa issued a statement Sept. 24 saying they won't back breaking up the church, leading observers elsewhere to wonder what influence their statement would have on the 2019 General Conference. more

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United Methodist laywoman Elisa Gatz believes that the Simple Plan offers the denomination an opportunity to learn from and correct its past bigotry. more

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The Rev. Alka Lyall of Broadway UMC, a Chicago congregation that has been a pioneer in LGBTQ+ inclusion, tells why she supports The Simple Plan as a better alternative than the Way Forward models. more

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The Rev. Dr. Mark Davies pulls no punches as he confronts the tyranny of "tradition" in the church that marginalizes women, people of color, indigenous groups, LGBTQ+ people and more. more

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Retired Bishop Michael J. Coyner reminds us that, for all our anxiety over the outcome of the 2019 General Conference, it's typical of such conclaves that delegates end up doing nothing. more

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UM & Global blogmaster David W. Scott recommends readings on the Africa Initiative meeting that advocated the Traditional model of the Way Forward report. more

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Way Forward Moderators

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Three bishops serving as moderators for the Commission on A Way Forward issue an Advent message asking for prayers for the group's first conference call. more

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