General Conference

United Methodism's mission statement calls us to make disciples, yet representation to General Conference is awarded to those who make members. Are making a disciple and making a member the same? asks the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more

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Bishops Address Prayer

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The Church of the Nazarene, Wesleyan "cousins" of The United Methodist Church, offer a model of how to maintain "unity in diversity" at their global assembly, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Church leaders are divided on the legality and advisability of the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward. Read more

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Argus Mythological Monsters

United Methodism's emphasis on a hybrid process rather than a Christ-like identity lies at the root of its discord, yet also holds a key to its future as a denomination, writes Dr. Barry Bryant. Read more

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LGBT Protest

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United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks analyzes what he sees as the possible outcomes for the Commission on a Way Forward. Read more

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2012 General Conference Delegates

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United Methodists are pondering whether a special General Conference in 2019 is really a good idea after all. Read more



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A newly devised mobile application will allow those interested in the Love Your Neighbor Coalition to follow its activities before and during the May 10-20 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Read more

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2012 Round Tables

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant takes a dim view of the proceedings of the global United Methodist General Conference. Read more


The World


In the second installment of a three-part series for UM & Global, Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo examines the financial and other costs of being a global denomination. Read more

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Toxic Secret Door

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith, a critic of Plan UMC, reflects on what the Judicial Council's deferral of a ruling on the proposal's constitutionality may mean for The United Methodist Church. Read more

Finance and Administration

Examining the current state of The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Christy Thomas prescribes some exercises intended to help it lose the weight of its overbearing church structure and rules. Read more

Christy Thomas

Interest Poll

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Getting its discipleship right – not merely gaining members, but forming followers of Jesus – will cure what ails The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Sky McCracken. Read more

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The General Commission on the General Conference has chosen Manila, Philippines and Harare, Zimbabwe as the respective sites for the 2024 and 2028 global legislative sessions, the first time the worldwide body will meet outside the United States. Read more

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Mic Protest

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In recent proposals to restrict access at General Conference 2016, the Rev. Jeremy Smith sees an exercise of white male privilege shutting out powerless and marginalized United Methodists from church decision-making. Read more

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Demand for Inclusiveness

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The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre thinks it would be a good idea to close the proceedings of General Conference to all but elected delegates, bishops and other essential personnel. Read more

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Holy Conversations

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Consultations in Asia, Africa and North America, along with surveys and video reports, give United Methodists a chance to contribute to visions of a truly worldwide denomination, writes David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature

Philip Brooks

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In response to scholar Joel L. Watts, seminary-educated lay church worker Philip Brooks says that laypeople have both the capacity and the calling to help The United Methodist Church determine its doctrine. Read more


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In a provocative argument, scholar Joel L. Watts contends that forming United Methodist doctrine is a task best left to the denomination's bishops and ordained clergy, without votes by laypeople. Read more

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Committee Vote

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith of "Hacking Christianity" takes general media to task for not accurately representing United Methodist governance -- and then points out how unrepresentiative that governance really is. Read more

Jeremy Smith

2012 General Conference Delegates

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The United Methodist political process casts doubt on whether any revised language regarding homosexuality from the Connectional Table has even a remote chance of a fair hearing, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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  • A participant holds a lantern during a climate vigil outside the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The lanterns were lit with a small solar light that following the vigil were sent to community groups in the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the United States. (File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.)