UMC schism

The Rev. Dr. Darryl W. Stephens says it should require more than a simple majority to enact one of the Way Forward models. more

A Way Forward

Confessing Movement executive director Patricia L. Miller submitted the legislation for the Connectional Conference Plan to General Conference. more

A Way Forward

United Methodist bishops can't vote at General Conference, but nothing prevents them from offering information on legislation that they believe will benefit the worldwide UMC. more

A Way Forward

A certified candidate for ministry from Upper New York Conference outlines why he thinks the One Church Plan would keep him/her from being ordained. more

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The Rev. Bryan Bucher advocates having a frank talk with WCA member-pastors in order to determine whether they intend to take their congregation out of the UMC. more

A Way Forward 7 Comments

The Rev. Ed Womack contends there's no need to create a "gracious exit" as the Wesleyan Covenant Association argues because there's already such a provision – churches just can't take their property with them. more

Perspectives 9 Comments

Suffering from a bout of travel sickness, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas recognizes that the UMC faces a painful choice about its future: adapt, or die. more

Christy Thomas 1 Comments

Stances on the church unity proposals coming to the special 2019 General Conference are firming up, and little agreement is seen. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

The Rev. Tom Berlin, who submitted the One Church Plan legislation to General Conference, discusses various questions he’s been hearing about the plan and the commission’s process. more

A Way Forward

Centrist and progressive United Methodists need to plan, as the Wesleyan Covenant Association has, for the possibility of The United Methodist Church breaking up, writes the Rev. Bryan Bucher. more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Jeremy Smith predicts that the UMC, like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did in 2018, will have to break up with the Boy Scouts of America if the punitive Traditional Plan is adopted by the 2019 General Conference. more

Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Vice president of Good News and a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association leadership council, Lambrecht gives his perspectives into the Traditional Plan and Modified Traditional Plans. more

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The Northern Illinois Conference has combined several recent announcements into a list of resources to inform United Methodists about the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward

Recounting his family's strong devotion to the Methodist tradition, Bishop Julius C. Trimble reminds United Methodists that the bonds of baptism are stronger than mere membership. more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

For the Rev. James C. Howell, a self-confessed "Bible guy," scripture gives clear evidence that Jesus Christ's intention is for all to be welcomed in the Church, including LGBTQ+ people. more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

There are doctrinal differences that are far more significant to Christian faith than whether a person marries someone of the same gender, writes the Rev. Rich Peck. more

Perspectives 6 Comments

The United Methodist-related seminary in Evanston, Ill., has affirmed its support for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in every aspect of church life. more

A Way Forward

It's crucial for United Methodists to listen to LGBTQ+ people's stories as delegates prepare to decide on a Way Forward plan at the 2019 General Conference, writes the Rev. Anna Voinovich. more

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Methodist history shows that no matter the outcome of the special General Conference, even schism, the church will continue, writes the Rev. Elaine A. Robinson. more


The Council of Bishops unanimously adopted a statement pledging to be "a prayerful, hopeful, and pastoral presence" without manipulating proceedings as they preside over the 2019 General Conference. more