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A talk by the Rev. Adam Hamilton on interpreting the Bible offers a way to keep the United Methodist Church together: dropping our assumptions about scripture and one another. more

Views from a Ridge

The Rev. Jeremy Smith outlines and analyzes the extreme control and punitive measures contained in the Traditionalist plan of the report from the Commission on A Way Forward. more

A Way Forward

Although derided by traditionalists as "the progressive plan," the One Church model recommended by the Way Forward Commission is far from progressive, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith in the second of a four-part series examining the commission's report. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith begins a four-part series examining the models of the Way Forward Commission's report with an analysis of the most schismatic version: the Connectional Conferences plan. more

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The Rev. Tim McClendon disputes reports about the nature and intentions of a private meeting of delegates on the "One Church" model from the Commission on A Way Forward's report to the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward

Responses from the participants at a regional meeting on the Way Forward proposal leave the Rev. Richard Bryant deeply concerned for the UMC's future. more

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The English-language version of the Commission on A Way Forward's report is included with the published docket for the Fall meeting of the Judicial Council. more

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Painful as the Rev. Rob Renfroe's words are to many United Methodists he considers friends, the Rev. James C. Howell still wants to him to be a part of The United Methodist Church. more

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Our differences of opinion over biblical interpretation are a strength, and a good reason for The United Methodist Church to stay together, says the Rev. Rich Peck. more

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Panelists at the July 16-18 Uniting Methodists' conference in Dallas spoke with deep emotion about being accepted by the church and about their devotion to seeing the church stay together. more

A Way Forward

Combining revival with strategy, Uniting Methodists lay out their plan to promote acceptance of the 'One Church' unity model at the 2019 General Conference. more

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In a closed-door meeting organized by a lay delegate from Northern Illinois, 55 General Conference delegates met in Nashville not to discuss legislation, but to "build relationships," according to the organizer. more

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Author Brian Bliss can't say why he held on to his United Methodist identity for so long, but he has finally bid good-bye to the denomination of his spiritual heritage. more

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The request asks the Judicial Council, United Methodism's "high court," to determine the constitutionality of the three models contained in the Way Forward final report. more

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The machinations of United Methodist "powers that be" give a feeling that the playing field for the 2019 General Conference is being rigged for a certain outcome. more

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The effect of a recent Judicial Council decision, combined with saving money on translation into three languages besides English, has delayed publication of the final report of the Commission on A Way Forward, now slated for July 30. more

A Way Forward

Trying to save money on translation has delayed publication of the final report of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the General Commission on the General Conference. more

A Way Forward

Retired Bishop William B. Lewis draws on a scholar's work to counter the assertion of Good News president Rob Renfroe's prediction of "war in St. Louis" over United Methodist unity. more

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Responding to an adverse Judicial Council ruling and scholarly criticism of its attempts to "legislate" the Commission on A Way Forward report, the Council of Bishops has amended the call for the 2019 General Conference. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith summarizes the current political state of The United Methodist Church with an eye toward the "endgame" of the 2019 special General Conference. more

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