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The Rev. Christopher Ritter offers a hybrid model of the three "sketches" identified by the Council of Bishops as options for maintaining the unity of The United Methodist Church. more

Dec 11, 2017 3:13 PM A Way Forward 6 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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Longtime United Methodist leader Lonnie D. Brooks analyzes the "Way Forward" options outlined by the Council of Bishops. In this installment, Option 1 – Status Quo. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks concludes his analysis of Way Forward options with a look at Option 3, which calls for separation. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

Way Forward Logo

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The Council of Bishops is studying three possible models suggested by the Commission on A Way Forward for the future of The United Methodist Church, but details of how these models would work were not divulged. more

Nov 9, 2017 3:42 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

Bishops Fall 2017

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African bishops issued a pastoral letter to United Methodists in their region to support the commission's work through prayer and fasting. more

Nov 8, 2017 5:33 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

COB Junaluska 2017

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The Council of Bishops begins closed-door sessions to consider unity proposals from the Commission on A Way Forward. more

Nov 7, 2017 5:04 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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The Judicial Council should have the authority to decide constitutional questions posed by any legal unit of The United Methodist Church, not just General Conference or the Council of Bishops. more

Oct 30, 2017 6:30 PM Perspectives

Way Forward Berlin

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Bishop Kenneth L. Carter, one of the moderators of the Commission on A Way Forward, told United Methodist communicators not to expect any news on its work until Summer, 2018, after the Council of Bishops clears any proposal. more

Oct 27, 2017 8:27 AM A Way Forward

Bishop Minerva Carcaño

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United Methodist bishops are calling on Congress, as a matter of faith, to enact a law to protect undocumented young immigrants brought to the United States as children. more

Oct 9, 2017 5:51 PM Advocating Justice

George Howard

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Church leaders are divided on the legality and advisability of the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward. more

Aug 11, 2017 7:57 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

UMC-EC Timeline

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United Methodists and Episcopalians have finally produced a full communion proposal that answers the concerns of both denominations, reported Bishop Gregory Palmer to the Council of Bishops recently. more

May 17, 2017 5:09 PM Finance and Administration 6 Comments

Ough Address

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In a forthright and passionate address, the president of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce Ough, challenged his episcopal colleagues to focus on unity, evangelism and social action rather than splitting the UMC over homosexuality. more

May 2, 2017 8:15 AM A Way Forward

Bishop Ough Remarks

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Bishop Bruce Ough urges United Methodists to respect the Judicial Council decision on Bishop Karen Oliveto and continue to pray and work for church unity despite deep divisions. more

Apr 28, 2017 10:18 PM Finance and Administration 2 Comments

Bishops Statement

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The United Methodist Council of Bishops has set a date and place for an anticipated special session of General Conference to receive and vote upon a plan for keeping the denomination from breaking up. more

Apr 25, 2017 6:22 AM A Way Forward

Bishop Felton May

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United Methodist Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle recalls her nearly 30-year acquaintance with Bishop Felton E. May, who died Feb. 27. more

Feb 28, 2017 10:21 AM Views from a Ridge

Kim Cape

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The denomination's higher education and ministry board and the association of theological schools will hold a colloquy in March on the United Methodist witness on human sexuality more

Jan 10, 2017 8:55 AM A Way Forward 2 Comments

Bishops Christmas Greeting 2016

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In a Christmas message to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Bruce Ough reminds us that disruptions in our lives are sometimes God's call for us to make room for Him. more

Dec 14, 2016 4:27 PM Practicing Faith

Pause for Prayer

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The Council of Bishops has announced it intends to call a special General Conference for February or March 2019, and has set up a global program to involve all United Methodists in conversations and prayers for A Way Forward. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:47 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

FUMC Portland

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A group of United Methodist laity has forwarded a letter and petition asking the Council of Bishops to increase the number lay members on the Commission on a Way Forward, which will review sexuality stances and unity ideas. more

Oct 18, 2016 11:08 AM Local Church 1 Comments

Juarez Mission

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Lay United Methodists deserve equal representation on the Council of Bishops' Commission on a Way Forward, which will study the denomination's global nature and human sexuality stances and offer suggestions for unity. more

Oct 7, 2016 9:45 AM Perspectives 3 Comments

Bishop Minerva Carcaño

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United Methodist bishops are calling on Congress, as a matter of faith, to enact a law to protect undocumented young immigrants brought to the United States as children. more

Oct 9, 2017 5:51 PM Advocating Justice

Bishops Christmas Greeting 2016

UM Insight Screencap

In a Christmas message to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Bruce Ough reminds us that disruptions in our lives are sometimes God's call for us to make room for Him. more

Dec 14, 2016 4:27 PM Practicing Faith