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Leaders of Mt. Horeb UMC in South Carolina, aligned with the Wesleyan Covenant Association, say they're ready to leave the denomination if anti-LGBTQ stances are removed by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward

Rev. Stan Copeland of Uniting Methodists urges General Conference to find a more charitable, prayerful response to UMC unity than that posed recently by Dr. Maxie Dunnam of the Confessing Movement. Read more

A Way Forward

Dr. Stephen Long warns that the traditional plans being put before the 2019 General Conference will turn the church into a state with a punishment mechanism. Read more

A Way Forward

Two prominent African American pastors, the Rev. Dr. Vance P. Ross and the Rev. Rudy Rasmus, challenge the idea that human sexuality is the UMC's most pressing issue in a video from the General Commission on Religion and Race. Read more

A Way Forward

There's much wider variation on the legality of homosexual practices in Africa than some claim, and church policy and state policy need not match, but public discussion of sex remains taboo, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

The Methodist Church's handling of divorce in the mid-20th century shows that a model like the One Church Plan can work, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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LGBTQI delegates invite United Methodists to join in an interactive online discussion on the even of special General Conference which they regard as a "critical vote on ending discrimination" in the UMC. Read more

A Way Forward

The contest about to take place at the 2019 General Conference is at heart a dispute about differing views of the church that has been going on since the 5th century, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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The Rev. James C. Howell pleads for delegates to embrace a wide and deep understanding of God and the church at the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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Seen from a political perspective, the Traditional(ist) Plan looks a lot like realigning the UMC to gain overwhelming voting power at General Conference, says the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder will support the 2019 General Conference from afar while he remains home to continue similar sacred work – the loving care of his wife, Linda, who is under hospice care for dementia. Read more

Perspectives

The Rev. Chris Ritter backs the Connectional Conferences Plan of the Way Forward Report because he thinks it offers a path to "United Methodism 2.0." Read more

A Way Forward

The Apostle Paul knew his stuff when it came to organizing church meetings, and we ought to listen to him for General Conference 2019, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Ben Boruff, a member of the team that crafted a reorganization proposal for the 2012 General Conference, has some counsel for GC2019 based on his previous experience. Read more

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A United Methodist Communications survey finds United Methodists are "focused on different ends" of the church's mission statement, "To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Read more

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Retired Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey makes a case that the One Church Plan is grounded on the doctrines and theology put forth by Methodism's founder, John Wesley. Read more

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Exit plans submitted to the 2019 General Conference are similar in purpose, but differ in important details, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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A scheduled gathering of African and Filipino delegates sponsored by Good News and other traditionalist caucuses two days before General Conference 2019 prompts Albert Otshudi Longe to warn of the danger of neocolonialism to the UMC. Read more

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant doesn't believe that "weaponized prayer" and fasting will influence God; he trusts that God's will of inclusive love will be enacted. Read more

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