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Of 11 delegates around the world contacted by United Methodist News Service, five from the United States and one from Liberia were willing to give their early impressions of the unity proposals under consideration. more

Mar 14, 2018 4:22 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

There is something profoundly wrong at the heart of The United Methodist Church, contends the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. And it is called the Evangelical Takeover. more

Mar 13, 2018 4:15 PM Christy Thomas 7 Comments

What is it about evolving beliefs that make fellow believers want to cast the questioner into hell? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

Mar 6, 2018 5:56 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments

Reconciling Ministries Network, an unofficial United Methodist caucus of LGBTQ people and their allies, contends that firing local pastor Anna Golladay for peforming a same-gender wedding has harmed the churches she served. more

Mar 6, 2018 5:19 PM Local Church

United Methodist bishops can save the denomination from schism if they come up with a truly creative alternative, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Mar 2, 2018 10:27 PM Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

Bishop John Yambasu expressed hope “for a revived and transformed United Methodist Church … built on the strong foundations of biblical authenticity.” more

Mar 2, 2018 5:53 PM A Way Forward

The Council of Bishops considered the Way Forward models during a meeting in Dallas. more

Mar 1, 2018 3:28 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

The Council of Bishop continues discuss the Way Forward proposals now clarified more by the commission. more

Feb 28, 2018 4:37 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

The Council of Bishops is trying to hold The United Methodist Church together despite its divergent opinions about Scripture and homosexual practice, but what if God's will is for the UMC to die in order to be reborn? more

Feb 28, 2018 4:22 PM Christy Thomas 5 Comments

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Dividing The United Methodist Church will result in more splits and confusions down the line, from liturgy to mission to property, than we imagine, writes the Rev. Ted A. Campbell. more

Feb 23, 2018 5:38 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Bishop Francisco Presides

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A combined meeting of four leadership bodies, members of the Commission on A Way Forward gave the first public report on the three United Methodist unity proposals they've sent to the Council of Bishops. more

Feb 12, 2018 4:52 PM A Way Forward 9 Comments

The eventual loss of a single word in our identity is a blessing for some, but a tragedy for all, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Feb 12, 2018 1:47 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Global Mission

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As we pray for the work of Commission on A Way Forward, the Rev. James C. Howell says he finds himself pondering the practical implications of a church split, and his ruminations aren't encouraging. more

Feb 12, 2018 1:36 PM A Way Forward 10 Comments

Merely adapting the sin of marginalizing by shifting to a different group only continues scapegoating and division, which are the works of Satan, warns the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Feb 6, 2018 2:18 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

The Apostle Paul's writings show that The United Methodist Church's current turmoil isn't Christianity's first conflict, and they provide counsel for how to proceed, writes Scott Gilliland for Uniting Methodists. more

Feb 6, 2018 1:52 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Bishop Harald Rückert, elected in May 2017, found that a recent meeting of European United Methodist bishops contained collaboration and preparation and a “hot potato" -- the denomination's stance on homosexuality. more

Jan 31, 2018 1:32 PM Global Nature

Uniting Methodists offers assistance in a campaign to encourage expressions of unity during the 2018 annual conference season. more

Jan 25, 2018 1:54 PM A Way Forward 6 Comments

The false dichotomies we argue over United Methodism's future point to the underlying reality – we simply don't love one another, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Jan 24, 2018 10:42 AM Perspectives 2 Comments

Way Forward in Nashville

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With the deadline for submitting legislation to the 2019 special General Conference fast approaching, the Commission on a Way Forward is beginning to put details to its three "sketches" for the UMC's future. more

Jan 23, 2018 12:26 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments