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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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Conservative evangelicals' 14-point statement on gender draws immediate pushback from progressives and other evangelicals. Read more

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Surrounded by his family, the Rev. Gregory Dell died Oct. 30 in Raleigh, N.C., after battling Parkinson's disease for more than a decade. Read more

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In a video showing Northaven UMC's "It's Time" supporters, the Rev. Eric Folkerth urges delegates to the 2016 General Conference to choose the simplest method to fully include LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. Read more

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United Methodists who responded to Insight's straw poll think bishops should suspend penalties for violating UMC policies on same-sex marriage now that marriage equality is the law of the land. Read more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton won't use polite metaphors for believers who reject LGBTQ people, because he has benefited from the godly example of lesbians who led him to faith in Jesus Christ. Read more

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After reading the United Methodist Centrist Movement's complaints about being left out of the denomination's conversations on its future, the Rev. Stephen W. Rankin takes a hard look at how the Ohio-based group defines itself and its purposes. Read more

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With 11 United Methodist caucuses among its participants, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition launches a new website and announces its vision for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. Read more

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United Methodist leaders aren't asking the better question when it comes to human sexuality discussions at General Conference, writes the Rev. Dr. William Trench. Read more

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The General Commission on the General Conference seeks more productive ways for delegates to discuss the church's stances regarding homosexuality. Read more

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LGBTQ Acceptance

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The Pew Research Center recently compiled a chart of current standings among American Christian churches on their acceptance or rejection of same-gender marriage. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith contrasts the recent decision of the Presbyterian Church USA to redefine marriage as a union of two people with the UMC's anti-LGBT stances. Read more

Conscientious objection, not schism, is the true Methodist way of dealing with disagreements over moral and ethical issues, contends the Rev. Jerry Eckert. Read more

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The death of transgendered Leelah Alcorn prompts the Rev. Andy Bryan to ponder the nature of God's unconditional love. Read more

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The second of three human sexuality discussions sponsored by the Connectional Table -- live streamed via webcast -- showed some signs of hope for the UMC beyond entrenched arguments, writes veteran observer Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Turmoil at the Episcopal Church's General Theological Seminary holds portents for similar conflicts at United Methodist theological schools, contends Chett Pritchett of MFSA. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the connection between past racial discrimination and The United Methodist Church's current institutional sexism against LGBT people. Read more

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Dr. Donald Messer writes that the challenge of grace to The United Methodist Church requires facing up to its LGBT exclusions, in the latest installment examining the mission theology document, "Grace Upon Grace." Read more

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LGBTQ Acceptance

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The Pew Research Center recently compiled a chart of current standings among American Christian churches on their acceptance or rejection of same-gender marriage. Read more

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