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Three United Methodist bishops from Central Conferences convened a consultation including prominent leaders of various perspectives on the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church. Read more

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Two clergymen share examples of the differing views on whether The United Methodist Church should divide. Read more

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Like many United Methodists, the Rev. Ben Gosden feels he has a foot in both theological camps and isn't totally happy in either one. Read more

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First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, N.C., made big news locally when it announced it had adopted an official policy of welcoming LGBTQ people, including the prospect of allowing same-sex weddings despite a UMC ban. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines ways that Central Conferences can fund future ministries if United Methodist apportionments are reduced by schism or dissolution. Read more

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Asbury Wesley Statue

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Final version of letter from Asbury alumni and students opposing the Traditional Plan gets new circulation through social media. Read more

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Will the denomination act toward schism or splinter? The Rev. John E. Harnish says it’s still too soon to tell what might happen. He urges careful consideration of consequences. Read more

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GC2019 Bishops Group

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Bishop David Alan Bard of Michigan and Bishop Scott J. Jones of Texas think they've come up with a plan that would preserve connectional ministries but allow more freedom of theology and practice. Read more

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The United Methodist Church needs a complete overhaul, and those who benefit from the current system shouldn't be the ones making the changes, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

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Pacific Northwest Conference's communications director Patrick Scriven asks United Methodists to think about how the denomination should go about making needed changes. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith argues against the California-Nevada Conference's stance advising against disaffiliation and/or withholding apportionments to resist the Traditional Plan. Read more

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United Methodist Women's support of organizations that help gay youths should be commended and backed by all church members, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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The Rev. Darren Cushman Wood wants those who see themselves as "centrist" United Methodist to understand the full scope of progressives' concerns and actions. Read more

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Who you kick out of your community is how you show what really matters to you and which of your stated beliefs you actually take seriously, as is the case with the Evangelical Covenant Church, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton Read more

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More than three-fourths of U.S. annual conferences have rejected the Traditional Plan in a "breathtaking" backlash, reports the Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland of Mainstream UMC. Read more

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Leaders in different parts of The United Methodist Church differ over what impact this year's delegate elections will have in overturning the Traditional Plan or splitting the denomination. Read more

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Simon Mafunda, a delegate to the 2019 General Conference from Zimbabwe East, responds to Rev. Lloyd Nyarota's recent analysis of Reform & Renewal Coalition actions. Read more

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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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