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2019 General Conference

Judicial Council 2016-2020

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant compares the similarities of this week's Judicial Council docket with the issues brought before the first Jerusalem Council. Read more

Perspectives

Clergy candidate Spencer Cullom, scion of generations of Methodists, struggled with the vote of the 2019 General Conference until she reached a fateful decision. Read more

General Conference 2019

The Judicial Council will meet April 23-26 to decide on the constitutionality of the petitions that enacted the Traditional Plan. Read more

General Conference 2019 5 Comments

Public support for full LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church comes from Susquehanna clergy and laity and California-Pacific board of ordained ministry, plus suggestions for keeping on from Mainstream UMC. Read more

General Conference 2019 3 Comments

Grant McClendon stepped down as worship leader at Oklahoma City's Church of the Servant because he supports full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the United Methodist Church. Read more

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Engaging Good News and the Wesleyan Covenant Association in their original plan for a "gracious exit" was a major topic of the invitation-only meetings he has organized, reports the Rev. Adam Hamilton. Read more

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United Methodist progressives, centrists and LGBTQ-friendly evangelicals need to study the 15-year history of traditionalist efforts to take over the UMC before deciding whether to stay or go, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 6 Comments

Supporters of the Modified Traditional Plan say they're glad the model was approved, but they are saddened at the prospect that the UMC may split because of the decision. Read more

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Support for The Traditional Plan is absent from most reports regarding talks about the UMC's future. Read more

General Conference 2019 3 Comments

A longtime United Methodist social justice advocate challenges the organizer of talks about Methodism's future to step up to the risk of fully including LGBTQ people in the denomination without allowing exceptions. Read more

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CC Standing Committee

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A meeting of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters reveals deep pain over General Conference 2019 and uncertainty about the UMC's future. Read more

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Smiling Dotson

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Centrist and Progressive UMC leaders engaged in conversations for a better way forward than what passed at the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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Local congregations continue to post displays in support of full inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Clergy and laity in some 25 annual conferences in the United States have issued open letters and online petitions affirming their refusal to implement the Traditional Plan adopted by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

General Conference 2019 1 Comments

Scholar and author Jared Byas finds a flaw in the oft-repeated phrases that truth hurts. Read more

In the Church 5 Comments

World Methodist Council Denominations

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Dr. David W. Scott recaps his previous features on global bodies other than United Methodism. Read more

Global Nature

Statements of confession, lamentation and resistance continue to issue from United Methodist congregations and annual conference members across the United States. Read more

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Connectional Table 2019

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In one of the few open conversations about United Methodism's future, members of the UMC's program coordinating agency ponder options for the denomination. Read more

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The Connectional Table – the UMC's program coordinating body – has offered its services as a "conversation partner" to various private discussions now under way about United Methodism's future. Read more

General Conference 2019

Maybe we need to see the United Methodist Church as a corporation, because our real problem was never effectiveness but authenticity, writes the Rev. Darren Cushman Wood. Read more

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