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Connectional Table

The Connectional Table is looking to relieve General Conference of the burden of deciding a lot of U.S.-centric legislation. more

Finance and Administration

Whatever happens with church unity at the 2019 General Conference, the Connectional Table will still be at work coordinating the denomination's ministries, say its members. more

A Way Forward

One of the moderators of the Commission on A Way Forward, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball urged the denomination's coordinating body to focus on United Methodists' common interests, not political battles, and to "trust God." more

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The next meeting of the Connectional Table, the planning and ministry coordination body of The United Methodist Church, will focus on discerning a vision for the worldwide denomination. more

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The task to gather essential doctrines and policies for the worldwide United Methodist Church is progressing slowly but surely through church-wide leadership bodies. more

Global Nature

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United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks traces the history of the proposed Option 2, previously presented by the Connectional Table at the 2016 General Conference. more

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Danish United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Ole Birch, finds that despite its global intentions, the UMC remains a U.S.-centric denomination. more

Global Nature

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The Connectional Table, the UMC's program and budget coordination agency, has approved a plan to connect the evaluation of United Methodist general agencies with the development of the denomination’s budget. more

Finance and Administration

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Despite strong resistance to the idea at the 2016 General Conference, United Methodist leaders say that some kind of U.S. structure will be needed to implement the expected global Book of Discipline in 2020. more

Finance and Administration

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United Methodist ministries with migrant people will receive two forms of funding, says the denomination's program and budget coordination agency. more

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Three themes from the Pre-General Conference Briefing point to organizers' effort to shape a more globally equal and more spiritually based 2016 session of The United Methodist Church's worldwide policy-making assembly, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

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The Rev. Chris Ritter compares the Covenantal Unity Plan proposed by the unofficial evangelical caucus Good News with his own proposals for a jurisdictional structure planned around traditional and progressive theologies. more

Perspectives

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Bishop Mike Coyner's musing on the Connectional Table's proposal for "local option" regarding the UMC's anti-LGBT rules regarding clergy is drawing a flood of online discussion beyond the Indiana episcopal area. more

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Left Turn

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith makes a case that the Connectional Table -- the UMC's ministry planning and coordinating agency -- isn't biased as some people claim. more

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David W. Scott examines proposals to make The United Methodist Church's coordinating agency, the Connectional Table, into a more globally representative body. more

Global Nature

The Rev. Brad Smith of Tennessee has lots of questions about the potential effects of the Connectional Table's proposal to remove anti-LGBT stances from the Book of Discipline and leave such questions to annual conferences. more

Advocating Justice

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The Connectional Table's proposal to remove anti-LGBT stances from the Book of Discipline could be beneficial if adopted, but for many it doesn't go far enough, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Advocating Justice

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In a guest post from Hacking Christianity, Dr. Dorothee Benz explains why a proposed alternative process for considering the UMC's anti-LGBT stances further marginalizes about whom the legislation is written. more

Advocating Justice

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The Connectional Table, a ministry coordinating agency, has proposed legislation to the 2016 General Conference that would remove anti-LGBT stands from the Book of Discipline, giving annual conferences discretion to decide human sexuality matters. more

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Thomas Kemper, top executive of the General Board of Global Ministries, analyzes the Connectional Table and recommends a sweeping overhaul to make the agency more inclusive of lay and clergy from around the world. more

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