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2020 General Conference

The Bible is the supreme arbiter of right and wrong when it comes to marriage and every other issue, states a 53-page first draft of a guidebook for a potential new denomination spun out of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Bishop Joaquina Nhanala, the first female United Methodist bishop in Africa, speaks frankly about the region's refusal to support breaking up the UMC. Read more

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The Central Conference bishops’ endorsement of the Connectional Table's proposal for a U.S. regional conference is a big deal for an idea that previously has faced strong opposition. Read more

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More than one region of the worldwide United Methodist Church is considering options around human sexuality and whether that conflict will split the denomination. Read more

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The GCFA board unanimously approved 2020 agency spending plans — almost all based on a 70% apportionment collection rate. Read more

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Signers of the “Deeper Conversations UMC” said the recent commitment by some for a moratorium on all complaints related to LGBTQ clergy and clergy performing same-gender weddings violate the Book of Discipline and illustrate the UMC's brokenness. Read more

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Central Conference bishops say they like the idea of making the United States its own regional conference in hopes of moving most U.S.-centric legislation away from the worldwide General Conference. Read more

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United Methodist layman Frank Holbrook thinks some good can come from the 2020 General Conference if delegates take the opportunity to ponder questions about the nature of the UMC's life together. Read more

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A laity-led spiritual renewal weekend prompts the Rev. Morgan Guyton to ask why the time-honored Methodist tradition of "being perfected in love" isn't sufficient for the church's core theology. Read more

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Disaffiliation, proposed changes regarding sexuality and discontent among LGBTQ+ students at Duke Divinity School mark the latest happenings in the UMC struggle. Read more

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In his third installment, Dr. David W. Scott assesses The United Methodist Church's ability to respond to the crisis it now faces. Read more

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General and Jurisdictional delegates from the North Central Jurisdiction have joined other U.S. United Methodists in calling for a moratorium on clergy charges and trials on issues related to anti-LGBTQ stances. Read more

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The idea for a pre-conference orientation for Central Conference clergy and lay delegates originated with the General Secretaries Table (a group of chief executives of denominational agencies). Read more

2020 General Conference

The new pre-General Conference orientation session for Central Conference delegates is a highly laudable addition, but it may be too late to counteract similar past efforts by traditionalist forces, writes Cynthia B. Astle Read more

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So who profits in a UMC split of some sort? The Evangelicals. The UMC is ripe for the pickings because of the fragile nature of our connection and the massive underlying financial assets. Read more

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Unlike other analyses looking at specific plans, Uniting Methodists has taken a bird's-eye view of the implications and potential drawbacks of most of the future proposals. Read more

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United Methodist layman Edmund Baird of Virginia has scrutinized all the future proposals for the UMC and synthesized an approach based on its mission statement as the template for choosing a way forward. Read more

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The Rev. Darren Cushman Wood, one of the 12 original drafters of the Indianapolis Plan, examines the perspectives behind his group's proposal for the UMC's future. Read more

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Commentators around the UMC are looking into the various plans for the denomination's future, while the Western Jurisdiction means business about its "Safe Harbor" project. Read more

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