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Heather Hahn

How to pay for the 2019 Special General Conference – and how to tone down the anger and mistrust of previous sessions – has challenged the agency charged with running the church-wide policy-making assembly. Read more

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In its second general meeting, The Wesleyan Covenant Association talks about the possibility of a "Paul and Barnabas" moment for The United Methodist Church Read more

In the Church

Bishop Mande Muyombo

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"Loosening the connection" is one way the Commission on A Way Forward might get The United Methodist Church past its current impasse over the acceptance of homosexuality, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service Read more

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Unity & Sex Colloquy

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A gathering of United Methodist seminary professors offered scholarly papers on human sexuality and the nature of the church, intended to aid the Commission on A Way Forward, reports Heather Hahn. Read more

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Way Forward Ash Wednesday

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Although early in their process, members of the Commission on a Way Forward want to get feedback from the rest of The United Methodist Church, but they don't yet know how to get it. Read more

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Amendments to the United Methodist Church's Constitution covering gender equality, membership inclusion, delegate elections, bishop elections and bishop accountability will be voted upon this year by annual conferences. Read more

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Way Forward First Meeting

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Members of the Commission on A Way Forward say their first meeting was marked by a spirit of cordiality, but also sober awareness of their burden for United Methodist unity, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

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Cross Hands

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Newly appointed members of the Council of Bishops' special Commission on A Way Forward say they're praying for the committee as it prepares to start its work. Read more

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Epworth Pilgrimage

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Like Christ's earliest followers, Methodism's founder John Wesley struggled to discern and teach what following Jesus entails, say Wesleyan scholars interviewed by Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Practicing Faith

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association formally launches with a Chicago meeting focused on prayer, speeches, worship and opposition to the acceptance of LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage. Read more

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Bishops Statement

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Amid growing concerns about the denomination's stability, the United Methodist Council of Bishops outlines a plan to respond to the divisive debate over the acceptance of homosexual practice. Read more

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The science of evolutionary biology has been found to be an essential tool in The United Methodist Church's mission to improve global health, such as its Imagine No Malaria campaign, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

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The Discovery Institute, a Seattle think tank promoting Intelligent Design rather than evolutionary biology, has mounted a protest against the UMC's refusal to let the group exhibit at the 2016 General Conference. Read more

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Christmas Nativity

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How would Mary be treated as a young mother today? Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service finds that Mary serves as a role model for both today's mothers and people of faith. Read more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Prayer for Peace

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Should we be calling for prayer or action in response to mass shootings? Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service interviews church leaders in response to recent killings across America. Read more

Advocating Justice

Debating Plan UMC

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Plan UMC proponents, opponents and others concerned with the church's future weigh in on whether restructuring the denomination will achieve vitality in local congregations, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

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United Methodists' views on the acceptability of same-gender relationships has changed little since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, according to polling done by United Methodist Communications. Read more

Advocating Justice

Scouting Equality

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United Methodist congregations can have gay men as leaders of the local Scout troops if they wish, but no church will be forced to allow gay volunteers, says the General Commission on United Methodist Men. Read more

Local Church

U.S. Supreme Court

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United Methodists are weighing in on how the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court decision that rules marriage to be a civil right for LGBT people will affect discussion of the UMC's anti-gay doctrines at the 2016 General Conference Read more

In the Church

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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. Read more

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An allocations committee of the Connectional Table – the UMC's program coordinating council – has proposed severe cutbacks in general church budgets for 2021-24. Read more

Finance and Administration

Heather Hahn describes the process behind massive budget cuts facing the worldwide United Methodist Church Read more

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Wesleyan Covenant Association has formed a 16-member Next Steps Committee, and denies recent assertions that it intends to leave the UMC no matter what the 2019 General Conference decides. 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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Some LGBTQ+ leaders in the church say the recent Council of Bishops' letter to their global community has disappointed them, yet others see it as a note of hope. Read more

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United Methodist bishops can't vote at General Conference, but nothing prevents them from offering information on legislation that they believe will benefit the worldwide UMC. Read more

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The congregation of CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, still is working to support Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an unauthorized immigrant deported to Mexico, as well as his wife and son, who remain in the United States. Read more

Advocating Justice

Despite requests to reconsider the sharp reductions, the General Council on Finance and Administration went ahead with an 18 percent cut in agency budgets. Read more

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The Council of Bishops unanimously adopted a statement pledging to be "a prayerful, hopeful, and pastoral presence" without manipulating proceedings as they preside over the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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United Methodists and Episcopalians are on the verge of completing a full communion agreement that has been years in the making. Read more

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The full Council of Bishops has committed itself to dismantling racism across the church, especially in the United States, after African-American bishops decried the politics of hatred taking place in America. Read more

Advocating Justice

In the midst of turbulent times, Bishop Kenneth Carter encouraged the Council of Bishops to try to view The United Methodist Church's future "through the lens that Scripture gives us." Read more

Finance and Administration

Discipleship Ministries officials say the restructure is intended to focus resources on a renewed mission of increasing church membership. Read more

Finance and Administration

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. Read more

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Although Hurricane Florence's effects are only beginning to subside, United Methodists on the ground in the Carolinas are providing assistance to storm victims. Read more

Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Advocates for maintaining church policies on homosexuality are championing their own version of the Traditional Plan while another advocate, offers a plan to dissolve the UMC and create new denominations. Read more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

Proponents of the Simple Plan say that the three Way Forward models are all deficient in some wat by promoting some form of ongoing discrimination against LGBTQ people. Read more

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The churchwide giving for ministries beyond the local church known as apportionments will be drastically reduced starting in 2021. Read more

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On the question of how the United States should treat newcomers, annual conferences proclaimed a common message: Keep families together, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Advocating Justice

LGBTQ United Methodists and their allies worshiped and strategized for the 2019 General Conference at a three-day gathering, "For Everyone Born," in St. Louis, Mo. Read more

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