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A new video from West Ohio Annual Conference expands more on the discussions that led to the creation of the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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Cynthia B. Astle analyzes the video report of the negotiating team for "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" and interprets its implications for the UMC. Read more

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Two church leaders give surprising reactions in the ongoing discussion over The United Methodist Church's future. Read more

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Well-known United Methodist leaders are among those who made public statements this week on the UMC's struggle over LGBTQ+ acceptance and its potential split. Read more

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Awash in media reports, United Methodists should hang on to these facts about the proposed 'Protocol for Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.' Read more

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Looking through a spiritual lens, Cynthia B. Astle finds the "Protocol for Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" has many earmarks of God at work in its content and process. Read more

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Two LGBTQ+ groups say they weren't officially represented at the negotiations on the "Protocol for Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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Most United Methodist bishops, clergy and laity quoted in national news reports expressed cautious hope that the mediated "protocol" would move the denomination out of its impasse. Read more

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Nearly 300 people joined in covenant renewal that included heterosexual, gay and lesbian couples at First United Methodist Church in Dallas. Read more

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Adam Hamilton endorses #ResistHarm movement; Mark Holland warns against IRD fundraising. Read more

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After months of consultation with members following the 2019 General Conference, First UMC of Dallas plans to affirm the sacredness of marriage, including same-sex unions. Read more

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Instead of sharing from the "hundreds" of responses to a draft of its doctrines, the latest Wesleyan Covenant Association newsletter focuses on criticizing its depiction by United Methodist News Service. Read more

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A coalition of United Methodist centrist and LGBTQ-friendly groups are supporting the movement known as Resist Harm, which will engage in acts refusing to comply with harsher restrictions on clergy and same-sex marriages. Read more

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With the Judicial Council dragging its feet on deciding the legal validity of exit provisions adopted by the 2019 General Conference, annual conferences are deferring work on "disaffiliation" procedures. 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 Rev. Dr. Mark Holland says his organization will continue to push for a moratorium on clergy charges and church trials as the effective date of the Traditional Plan's legislation looms on Jan. 1, 2020. 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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Various plans for the future of The United Methodist Church are among the topics planned for discussion at the conference. Read more

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The kindness of friends and a mission from God sparked the creation of United Methodist Insight, recalls its founder, Cynthia B. Astle. 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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The death of her beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Grebe, resurrects the age-old questions about the deepest mysteries of life and death, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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United Methodism's current debates over who has broken or kept "the covenant" ignore the most compelling covenant of all -- our baptismal vows, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The convergence of Pope Francis' U.S. visit with the death of religion expert Phyllis Tickle underscores something significant for fractious United Methodists, namely Jesus' call to love the unlovable, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia showed brotherly love for a Catholic group devoted to LGBT inclusion when the group was refused entry to a Catholic event visited by Pope Francis. Read more

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The eruption of violence in Baltimore in the wake of the police custody death of Freddie Gray prompts a response from UM Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The furor over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration – seen by critics as granting businesses license to discriminate against LGBTQ people – reflects The United Methodist Church's own dilemma over its anti-LGBTQ stances. Read more

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A TED talk by psychologist Guy Winch awakens Insight coordinator Cynthia B. Astle to the United Methodist Church's need for "emotional first aid." Read more

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