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Uniting Methodists has invited clergy and laity to think about and propose ways to reorganize the denomination. Read more

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The Rev. Ben Gosden says it's not enough to restructure the UMC; it needs to be reorganized completely using new designs to meet 21st century needs. Read more

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Rev. Blair Trygstad Stowe continues her analysis of the UMC's global connection and offers suggestions for using its historical resources to fashion a new worldwide denomination. Read more

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Traditionalist leaders who failed to be elected as delegates to General Conference 2020 come from different annual conferences but share a network of connections. Read more

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Centrist and progressive candidates sweep General Conference delegate elections in four annual conferences on one day. Read more

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With the help of a Virginia clergy colleague, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds unsavory, if not downright unethical, connections between an independent church plant and the Wesleyan Covenant Association. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper wonders why the Wesleyan Covenant Association isn't pursuing a merger with the like-minded Wesleyan Church. Read more

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Delegates who have been involved with the Commission on A Way Forward and have supported the One Church Plan are asking the Judicial Council to reconsider its ruling on the Traditional Plan's constitutionality. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith shares guidelines developed by the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference on how to actively resist the Traditional Plan. Read more

Local Church 2 Comments

Central Conference structures outside of the United States pre-date the uniquely American Jurisdictional structure as the level of regional organizing between the Annual and the General Conference. Read more

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Churches that want to leave the United Methodist denomination face large payouts for clergy pensions and other church-wide financial obligations, reports Heather Hahn. Read more

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The Rev. Lloyd Nyarota, a United Methodist pastor from Zimbabwe, interprets the political manipulation of African delegates by American conservatives at the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott ponders whether the desire to be a world-wide denomination is grounded in peculiarly American experiences of and assumptions about the world and the church. Read more

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Latest tallies on General Conference elections; one LGBTQ leader departs and another "rides the circuit." Read more

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The Room for All Coalition prepared a slate of candidates with centrist and progressive stances toward full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the UMC. Read more

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The Rev. James C. Howell dreams of a United Methodist Church where people across the theological spectrum genuinely love one another, where robust disagreement is celebrated, and where human sexuality isn't "the thing." Read more

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U.S. annual conferences are looking toward the denomination's future in varied ways, including electing younger, more progressive delegates to General Conference. Read more

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Annual Conferences that haven’t seen a progressive delegate to General Conference since FOREVER are sending half or more of their delegations from the progressive/centrist coalition. The Rev. Jeremy Smith plumbs its meaning. Read more

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As The United Methodist Church ponders its future amid a struggle over human sexuality, the Rev. Vance P. Ross reminds the denomination that it has an older struggle that is being ignored – with a potential for God-given transformation. Read more

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