UMC schism

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect of certain petitions adopted as the Traditional Plan. Read more

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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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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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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

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

General Conference 2019 4 Comments

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

UMC Future 11 Comments

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

Perspectives 30 Comments

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


United Methodists use social media to track General Conference delegate elections and votes on issues, especially Traditional Plan rejection. Read more

UMC Future

Amid growing jubilation over annual conference elections of centrist and progressive delegates to General Conference 2020, the Rev. Eric Folkerth points out the political realities still to come. Read more

Perspectives 12 Comments

General Conference 2020 representation by U.S. traditonalist delegates has dropped by 20 percent in recent elections, according to Good News vice president Thomas Lambrecht. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains how United Methodist boards and agencies are organized, and how that might be affected by a schism or separation. Read more

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If and when the UMC breaks up, the Rev. Darren Cushman Wood thinks the denomination can benefit from outside arbitration to determine who gets what of the church's assets. Read more

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Surveys and discussion group results in the Western Jurisdiction are showing some pathways that could help The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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UMCNext sparked three questions in the Rev. Darren Cushman Wood that he thinks are critical to next steps for the denomination. Read more

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Having sounded the warning of conservative takeover for years, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas counsels now, it’s time to pick up the pieces and actually live out of our calling to be in the image of God. Read more

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