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United Methodist leaders are pressing ahead with an effort to create a new decision-making body for U.S. matters — despite concerns that it will become another battlefront in the homosexuality debate. Read more

2020 General Conference 2 Comments

After nearly a week of talks, the two agencies responsible for setting United Methodism's worldwide budget have come to a painful agreement on the smallest financial plan in more than 20 years. Read more

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Connectional Table 2019

Kathleen Barry Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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

General Conference 2019 4 Comments

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

Ben Boruff, a member of the team that crafted a reorganization proposal for the 2012 General Conference, has some counsel for GC2019 based on his previous experience. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

An allocations committee of the Connectional Table – the UMC's program coordinating council – has proposed severe cutbacks in general church budgets for 2021-24. Read more

Finance and Administration

Heather Hahn describes the process behind massive budget cuts facing the worldwide United Methodist Church Read more

Finance and Administration

The Connectional Table is looking to relieve General Conference of the burden of deciding a lot of U.S.-centric legislation. Read more

Finance and Administration

Whatever happens with church unity at the 2019 General Conference, the Connectional Table will still be at work coordinating the denomination's ministries, say its members. Read more

A Way Forward

One of the moderators of the Commission on A Way Forward, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball urged the denomination's coordinating body to focus on United Methodists' common interests, not political battles, and to "trust God." Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Bingham-Tsai

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The next meeting of the Connectional Table, the planning and ministry coordination body of The United Methodist Church, will focus on discerning a vision for the worldwide denomination. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

The task to gather essential doctrines and policies for the worldwide United Methodist Church is progressing slowly but surely through church-wide leadership bodies. Read more

Global Nature

CT Small Group

UMNS Photo by Heather Hahn

United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks traces the history of the proposed Option 2, previously presented by the Connectional Table at the 2016 General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

CT Small Group

UMNS Photo by Heather Hahn

Danish United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Ole Birch, finds that despite its global intentions, the UMC remains a U.S.-centric denomination. Read more

Global Nature

CT Meeting May 2017

Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

The Connectional Table, the UMC's program and budget coordination agency, has approved a plan to connect the evaluation of United Methodist general agencies with the development of the denomination’s budget. Read more

Finance and Administration

Advisory group

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Despite strong resistance to the idea at the 2016 General Conference, United Methodist leaders say that some kind of U.S. structure will be needed to implement the expected global Book of Discipline in 2020. Read more

Finance and Administration

Norway Kemper

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United Methodist ministries with migrant people will receive two forms of funding, says the denomination's program and budget coordination agency. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

2012 General Conference Delegates

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Three themes from the Pre-General Conference Briefing point to organizers' effort to shape a more globally equal and more spiritually based 2016 session of The United Methodist Church's worldwide policy-making assembly, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

GC Archive 4 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

Perspectives

Discipline Cover

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Bishop Mike Coyner's musing on the Connectional Table's proposal for "local option" regarding the UMC's anti-LGBT rules regarding clergy is drawing a flood of online discussion beyond the Indiana episcopal area. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments