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Commission on A Way Forward

Conversations taking place around The United Methodist Church indicate there are lots more decisions to come on the conference and local levels, say church leaders. more

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The United Methodist Judicial Council is being asked to help guide the denomination through its efforts to determine a model for unity amid diversity over scriptural authority and homosexuality. more

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Wespath, the pension and benefits agency for the UMC, has begun exploring options to continue serving the church no matter what is decided at GC2019. more

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Great Plains Annual Conference has developed a chart on the three models of the Way Forward Plan that is being used in discussions around the region. more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global offers four interpretations of the meaning of the African bishops' statement affirming traditional marriage and resisting UMC schism. more

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North Central Jurisdiction delegates meet to build relationships in advance of the special 2019 General Conference on United Methodist unity. more

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United Methodist bishops in Africa issued a statement Sept. 24 saying they won't back breaking up the church, leading observers elsewhere to wonder what influence their statement would have on the 2019 General Conference. more

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United Methodist laywoman Elisa Gatz believes that the Simple Plan offers the denomination an opportunity to learn from and correct its past bigotry. more

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The Rev. Alka Lyall of Broadway UMC, a Chicago congregation that has been a pioneer in LGBTQ+ inclusion, tells why she supports The Simple Plan as a better alternative than the Way Forward models. more

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The Rev. Dr. Mark Davies pulls no punches as he confronts the tyranny of "tradition" in the church that marginalizes women, people of color, indigenous groups, LGBTQ+ people and more. more

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Retired Bishop Michael J. Coyner reminds us that, for all our anxiety over the outcome of the 2019 General Conference, it's typical of such conclaves that delegates end up doing nothing. more

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UM & Global blogmaster David W. Scott recommends readings on the Africa Initiative meeting that advocated the Traditional model of the Way Forward report. more

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Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of Louisiana kicks off a series of educational videos regarding the Way Forward plans coming to the 2019 special General Conference. more

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Nearly 30 briefs, totaling more than 400 pages, confront the Judicial Council as it prepares to consider the constitutionality of three plans for dealing with The United Methodist Church’s schism-threatening division over homosexuality. more

Perspectives

Rev. Scott Gilliland, associate pastor of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, reflects on the comments of a millennial who spoke at the Uniting Methodists' Conference in July. more

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UM & Global blogmaster Dr. David W. Scott thinks the Connectional Conference Plan model from the Way Forward report has enough value that it shouldn't be dismissed outright. more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains the framework for mission in the church that he shared with the Commission on A Way Forward. more

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Using the marketing skills of its leadership, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has mounted a campaign in support of the Traditionalist Plan that deflects attention from its true purpose – the dissolution of the UMC, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The report from the Commission on A Way Forward is released in all four official languages used by the General Conference. more

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Filipinos say they're finding it difficult to consider the three Way Forward plans because of inadequate information, along with influence by a speaker from the Wesleyan Covenant Association, which advocates for the Traditional Plan. more

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Way Forward Moderators

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Three bishops serving as moderators for the Commission on A Way Forward issue an Advent message asking for prayers for the group's first conference call. more

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