UMC future

Two annual conferences, New York and Oregon-Idaho, have elected to add more LGBTQ people to their delegations for the 2019 General Conference, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jeremy Smith

Some U.S. annual conferences have endorsed the One Church Plan for United Methodist unity, while others have refused to take up formal consideration of the model. more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

LGBTQ Demonstrators

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The Rev. Gilbert Vieira opposes the "One Church" unity model because he thinks The United Methodist Church should be more "forthright and principled" about its support for LGBTQ people. more

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Open Bible

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton accepts a challenge from his "favorite conservative" Carolyn Moore to discuss The United Methodist Church's future in ways that are biblical, christological, global, systemic and eschatological. more

Perspectives 2 Comments

In the coming denominational action on United Methodist unity, the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt sees "a lengthy, torturous future for our Methodist siblings," but even more "the slow, torturous death of the Protestant Reformation." more

Perspectives 5 Comments

An ad hoc group had hoped to elect an entire delegation of LGBTQ clergy and laity, but the composition of the New York delegation fulfills the goal of a 2017 conference resolution to elect more LGBTQ delegates. more

A Way Forward

The revered musical "Oklahoma!" prompts the Rev. Jeremy Smith to question how the United Methodist Church might be open to change. more

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Members of the New York Annual Conference will vote June 9 on delegates to the special 2019 General Conference on United Methodist unity. more

A Way Forward 7 Comments

A mandatory conference meeting on disaster preparedness puts the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryan to wondering whether The United Methodist Church is really ready for the prospect of breaking apart. more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Social Change

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The problem most denominations face today is that its success models were developed for life in the first half of the 20h century and many haven't adapted to the radical social changes that have developed since then, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Global Nature

Petitions can be sent for the 2019 General Conference starting June 6. Detailed instructions on the form and process can be found online. more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Jason Valendy believes that the One Church Model for UMC unity proposed by the Council of Bishops will help the denomination keep its historic understanding as both holy and catholic (universal). more

Perspectives 5 Comments

The bishop's action in the Baltimore-Washington Conference clergy session has cut deeply into historic Wesleyan accountability by one's ministry peers, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

Two Deaths: One, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas' brother-in-law, gentle, surrounded by love; the other, The United Methodist Church, rapaciously violent, with blood running in the streets. more


United Methodist writer Mary Jacobs provides an overview of the state of The United Methodist Church's current turmoil. more

The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota sees the Council of Bishops' Way Forward recommendation as a call for all United Methodists to discuss what it means to be the church across lines of difference. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Starbucks has some things to teach us about inclusivity, but ultimately, like her plants, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas thinks The United Methodist Church must split to regain health and vitality. more

Christy Thomas 3 Comments

The Rev. Bryan Bucher, a leader in the United Methodist Centrist Movement, does the "Methodist math" on the likely outcome of the 2019 General Conference. more

Perspectives 4 Comments

Some very good things that can come out of a more institutionally complex and more expensive model of church, starting with mission and education, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Global Nature

United Methodists are now trying to determine how best to submit legislation pertaining to the Way Forward report to the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments