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The Rev. Christopher Ritter offers a hybrid model of the three "sketches" identified by the Council of Bishops as options for maintaining the unity of The United Methodist Church. more

Dec 11, 2017 3:13 PM A Way Forward 4 Comments

Jesus reminds us that we are not very good at discerning wheat from weeds and even if we could, we are so inept that we do much more harm than we realize, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Dec 8, 2017 2:05 PM Perspectives

The book contains presentations from a March 2017 gathering of international United Methodist scholars on whether human sexuality issues will prevent church unity. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:47 PM A Way Forward

Unity dolls

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Dr. David W. Scott analyzes why unity's meaning functionally and organizationally for a denomination is actually a complicated one. more

Nov 29, 2017 3:13 PM Global Nature

The three options for the UMC's future being considered by United Methodist bishops could yield 55 different proposals, says Dr. David W. Scott. more

Nov 28, 2017 11:26 AM Global Nature 5 Comments

Staying together despite serious differences means not lettering ourselves off the hook for dealing with the consequences of our shortcomings, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Nov 21, 2017 3:27 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

David Field Uniting

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The true heart of United Methodism's threat of schism isn't power or sex; it's the lack of love for those with whom we disagree, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 17, 2017 2:08 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Friends

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Dr. David W. Scott says that United Methodists can create unity in the denomination it they'll move from superficial acquaintance – or no acquaintance at all – into genuine Christian relationships. more

Nov 16, 2017 12:19 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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Longtime United Methodist leader Lonnie D. Brooks analyzes the "Way Forward" options outlined by the Council of Bishops. In this installment, Option 1 – Status Quo. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks concludes his analysis of Way Forward options with a look at Option 3, which calls for separation. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

CT Small Group

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United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks traces the history of the proposed Option 2, previously presented by the Connectional Table at the 2016 General Conference. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 4 Comments

What's Next Panel

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Three members of the Way Forward Commission impressed some 200 United Methodists by speaking candidly about the challenges of their work and the prospects for the church's unity. more

Nov 14, 2017 6:32 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

Way Forward Logo

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The Council of Bishops is studying three possible models suggested by the Commission on A Way Forward for the future of The United Methodist Church, but details of how these models would work were not divulged. more

Nov 9, 2017 3:42 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

Bishops Fall 2017

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African bishops issued a pastoral letter to United Methodists in their region to support the commission's work through prayer and fasting. more

Nov 8, 2017 5:33 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

COB Junaluska 2017

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The Council of Bishops begins closed-door sessions to consider unity proposals from the Commission on A Way Forward. more

Nov 7, 2017 5:04 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

A new book by Dr. Adolf Hansen provides information and poses questions for mature audiences on the United Methodist Church's conflict over acceptance of homosexuality. more

Nov 6, 2017 9:15 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Way Forward in Nashville

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The commission has sent its work on to the Council of Bishops, which will meet beginning Nov. 2 in Lake Junaluska, N.C. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:36 PM A Way Forward

UMQCC Los Angeles

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Before and after the recent Judicial Council rulings on human sexuality cases, LGBTQ advocates issued statements saying they would continue their efforts for full inclusion in The United Methodist Church. more

Oct 30, 2017 6:30 PM Perspectives

2016 Book of Discipline

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The Judicial Council should have the authority to decide constitutional questions posed by any legal unit of The United Methodist Church, not just General Conference or the Council of Bishops. more

Oct 30, 2017 6:30 PM Perspectives

Forbes Matonga

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The Rev. Forbes Matonga contends that African United Methodists see through the Way Forward Commission's "church unity" rhetoric to the real issue of human sexuality. more

Oct 30, 2017 7:43 AM A Way Forward 12 Comments