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Chris Ritter

Rev. Chris Ritter offers a more detailed option to creation a "communion" of United Methodist branches. Read more

UMC Future 3 Comments

United Methodism is overdue for a major overhaul, and the Rev. Chris Ritter and the Illinois Great Rivers Conference think the Connectional Conferences plan is the Way Forward model to use. Read more

A Way Forward

An existing provision in the Book of Discipline may hold a solution for which way forward The United Methodist Church could take, says the Rev. Chris Ritter. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

While hoping for a more flexible solution, the Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter offers his take on what a "Way Forward" model that values accountability above all might look like. Read more

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Ten Denominations UMC

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While the Commission on A Way Forward continues its work behind closed doors, the Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter speculates on what United Methodism might look like in future, based on his interpretation of statistics. Read more

A Way Forward 6 Comments

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The Rev. Chris Ritter finds that a middle ground on the United Methodist Church's stances on homosexuality has become a ghost, possibly spurring the movement toward splitting the denomination. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Woods

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The Judicial Council ruling that Bishop Karen Oliveto's marriage license is proof of homosexual practice throws The United Methodist Church into a whole new situation, writes the Rev. Chris Ritter. Read more

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Regatta

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The Rev. Chris Ritter, who offered several restructure alternatives at the 2016 General Conference, speculates on what he thinks will happen if The United Methodist Church splits. Read more

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World Map

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The Rev. Chris Ritter looks at the newly emerged "A Place of Reason" proposal to create a U.S. Central Conference that would allow American United Methodists the right to create their own contextual Book of Discipline. Read more

GC Archive 1 Comments

The report from the latest incarnation of the perpetual UMC Ministry Study Committee prompts Rev. Chris Ritter to propose some simpler solutions to what has become a bewildering maze of ministerial options. Read more

Ordained Ministry

The Rev. Chris Ritter compares the Covenantal Unity Plan proposed by the unofficial evangelical caucus Good News with his own proposals for a jurisdictional structure planned around traditional and progressive theologies. Read more

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Flat UMC

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The Rev. Chris Ritter proposes five guidelines to "flatten" the organizational structure of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Cloverleaf Highway

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The Rev. Chris Ritter, proponent of jurisdictional changes for The United Methodist Church, offers his assessment of possible outcomes at the 2016 General Conference. Read more

Perspectives 3 Comments

The Rev. Chris Ritter critiques a proposal from the Connectional Table to keep the UMC's anti-LGBT language but removal penalties for clergy who violate the stances. Read more

Global Nature

NEJ Plan

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The Rev. Chris Ritter critiques a restructure proposal proposed by a Northeastern Jurisdiction task force. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

Five Plus One Logo

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The Rev. Chris Ritte gives an update on his group's proposals to keep the denomination unified while allowing for differences on human sexuality. Read more

In the Church 4 Comments

One Book 500

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With allusions to The Lord of the Rings, the Rev. Chris Ritter proposes that even though UMC regions globally can set up their own Books of Discipline, the denomination should still be under the authority of "the one." Read more

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The Rev. Chris Ritter backs the Connectional Conferences Plan of the Way Forward Report because he thinks it offers a path to "United Methodism 2.0." Read more

A Way Forward

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Longtime United Methodist communicator and social justice advocate, the Rev. Dr. Daniel R. Gangler, challenges the Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter's assessment of progressive and centrist United Methodists. Read more

Perspectives 8 Comments

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Illustration Courtesy of Chris Ritter

The Rev. Chris Ritter finds that a middle ground on the United Methodist Church's stances on homosexuality has become a ghost, possibly spurring the movement toward splitting the denomination. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Regatta

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The Rev. Chris Ritter, who offered several restructure alternatives at the 2016 General Conference, speculates on what he thinks will happen if The United Methodist Church splits. Read more

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World Map

UMCom map by Cindy Caldwell

The Rev. Chris Ritter looks at the newly emerged "A Place of Reason" proposal to create a U.S. Central Conference that would allow American United Methodists the right to create their own contextual Book of Discipline. Read more

GC Archive 1 Comments

The Rev. Chris Ritter compares the Covenantal Unity Plan proposed by the unofficial evangelical caucus Good News with his own proposals for a jurisdictional structure planned around traditional and progressive theologies. Read more

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Eliminate Western UMC

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes two proposals that appear to eliminate the UMC's Western Jurisdiction, which in reality is doing a much better job at discipleship than the other four U.S. jurisdictions. Read more

Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Flat UMC

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The Rev. Chris Ritter proposes five guidelines to "flatten" the organizational structure of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Five Plus One Logo

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The Rev. Chris Ritte gives an update on his group's proposals to keep the denomination unified while allowing for differences on human sexuality. Read more

In the Church 4 Comments