2019 General Conference

Five Generations

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The 400th anniversary of slavery in America prompts the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell to call The United Methodist Church to address its own racist history through petitions to the 2020 General Conference. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland of Mainstream UMC explores past actions of traditionalist/conservative forces in the church that he believes led to evidence of voter fraud at the 2019 special General Conference. Read more

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After the special 2019 General Conference, Norway United Methodists determined they wanted a decision-making process that would include and respect all views, writes the Rev. Knut Refsdal. Read more

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United Methodist bishops and the denomination's financial agency are responding swiftly to the request for action after the discovery of fraudulent voting at the special 2019 General Conference. Read more

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The Rev. William B. Lawrence, past president of the Judicial Council, shows how actions of the 2019 General Conference violated not only United Methodism's highest laws, but also its greatest theology of God's grace. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global recommends watching a Norwegian scholar's presentation to understand the views of European United Methodists about the results of the 2018 General Conference. Read more


William B. Lawrence

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The Rev. William B. Lawrence, past president of the Judicial Council, contends that the Commission on General Conference shouldn't have considered allegations of GC2019 voter fraud behind closed doors. Read more

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New revelations of vote tampering at the 2019 General Conference prompt the Rev. Jeremy Smith to call once more for auditing annual conference membership counts. Read more

Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

The church-wide body that oversees the logistics and operation of the General Conference has determined that ineligible voters affected a key vote at the special called 2019 session. Read more

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United Methodist academics who favor full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church will gather to hear presentations on what future direction the denomination could take. Read more

UMC Future 9 Comments

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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The results of the special called 2019 General Conference have led many annual conferences to withhold their "fair-share" contributions. Read more

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Water well

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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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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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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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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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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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