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The Central Conference bishops’ endorsement of the Connectional Table's proposal for a U.S. regional conference is a big deal for an idea that previously has faced strong opposition. Read more

UMC Future 4 Comments

GCFA Power Point 2019

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Projections from the General Council on Finance and Administration foretell that the majority status of U.S. membership in The United Methodist Church is coming to an end — and may be there already. Read more

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

For the past two years, the European conferences have paid nearly three times — 300% — what they were apportioned under a General Conference-approved formula, yet face severe cutbacks in their office budgets by GCFA. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

The GCFA board unanimously approved 2020 agency spending plans — almost all based on a 70% apportionment collection rate. Read more

Finance and Administration

Bishop Michael McKee said the giving decline reflects reaction to the contentious special General Conference and because people don’t value the UMC's apportionment system that funds ministries beyond the local church. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

United Methodist bishops held a special service Nov. 5 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall and the peaceful revolution that led to reuniting East and West. Read more

Finance and Administration

A new vote on the women's equality amendment was taken after staff at United Methodist Communications reported an error in wording of the original ballot. Read more

Global Nature

The five United Methodist bishops in the Western Jurisdiction say they feel it's time to speak out against tighter restrictions against LGBTQ+ persons before the new rules take effect Jan. 1. Read more

UMC Future

Bishop Kenneth Carter's presidential address to the Council of Bishops stirred emotions at the autumn meeting, the last full conclave before the 2020 General Conference. Read more

UMC Future 1 Comments

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, thinks the church should put a moratorium on clergy trials over LGBTQ+ issues until the 2020 General Conference. Read more

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Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service provides an overview of the processes and procedures leading up to General Conference 2020. Read more

UMC Future

First UMC Moheto in Kenya joined the Reconciling Ministries Network by a unanimous vote because it seeks human rights and equality for all, said its pastor. Read more

Global Nature

United Methodist bishops and the denomination's financial agency are responding swiftly to the request for action after the discovery of fraudulent voting at the special 2019 General Conference. Read more

General Conference 2019

Bishop Juan

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General Conference Commission leaders said the decision was based on the lack of facilities to hold a denomination-wide legislative assembly, which typically draws thousands of delegates and observers. Read more

Finance and Administration

The church-wide body that oversees the logistics and operation of the General Conference has determined that ineligible voters affected a key vote at the special called 2019 session. Read more

General Conference 2019 8 Comments

The United Methodist Social Principles played a role in Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare changing controversial debt collection policies and raising the base pay of its employees. Read more

Global Health

Leaders in different parts of The United Methodist Church differ over what impact this year's delegate elections will have in overturning the Traditional Plan or splitting the denomination. Read more

UMC Future 3 Comments

Churches that want to leave the United Methodist denomination face large payouts for clergy pensions and other church-wide financial obligations, reports Heather Hahn. Read more

UMC Future 11 Comments

Our Movement Forward emphasized the voices of LGBTQ persons and people of color, drawing many participants who are ready to create a new form of Methodism Read more

In the Church 2 Comments

How to pay for the 2019 Special General Conference – and how to tone down the anger and mistrust of previous sessions – has challenged the agency charged with running the church-wide policy-making assembly. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

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In its second general meeting, The Wesleyan Covenant Association talks about the possibility of a "Paul and Barnabas" moment for The United Methodist Church Read more

In the Church

Bishop Mande Muyombo

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"Loosening the connection" is one way the Commission on A Way Forward might get The United Methodist Church past its current impasse over the acceptance of homosexuality, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service Read more

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Unity & Sex Colloquy

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A gathering of United Methodist seminary professors offered scholarly papers on human sexuality and the nature of the church, intended to aid the Commission on A Way Forward, reports Heather Hahn. Read more

A Way Forward

Way Forward Ash Wednesday

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Although early in their process, members of the Commission on a Way Forward want to get feedback from the rest of The United Methodist Church, but they don't yet know how to get it. Read more

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Amendments to the United Methodist Church's Constitution covering gender equality, membership inclusion, delegate elections, bishop elections and bishop accountability will be voted upon this year by annual conferences. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Way Forward First Meeting

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Members of the Commission on A Way Forward say their first meeting was marked by a spirit of cordiality, but also sober awareness of their burden for United Methodist unity, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

A Way Forward

Cross Hands

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Newly appointed members of the Council of Bishops' special Commission on A Way Forward say they're praying for the committee as it prepares to start its work. Read more

A Way Forward

Epworth Pilgrimage

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Like Christ's earliest followers, Methodism's founder John Wesley struggled to discern and teach what following Jesus entails, say Wesleyan scholars interviewed by Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Practicing Faith

Jeff Greenway

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association formally launches with a Chicago meeting focused on prayer, speeches, worship and opposition to the acceptance of LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Bishops Statement

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Amid growing concerns about the denomination's stability, the United Methodist Council of Bishops outlines a plan to respond to the divisive debate over the acceptance of homosexual practice. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Imagine No Malaria Booth

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The science of evolutionary biology has been found to be an essential tool in The United Methodist Church's mission to improve global health, such as its Imagine No Malaria campaign, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

GC Archive

GC Booth

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The Discovery Institute, a Seattle think tank promoting Intelligent Design rather than evolutionary biology, has mounted a protest against the UMC's refusal to let the group exhibit at the 2016 General Conference. Read more

GC Archive

Christmas Nativity

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How would Mary be treated as a young mother today? Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service finds that Mary serves as a role model for both today's mothers and people of faith. Read more

Global Health

Prayer for Peace

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Should we be calling for prayer or action in response to mass shootings? Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service interviews church leaders in response to recent killings across America. Read more

Advocating Justice

Debating Plan UMC

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Plan UMC proponents, opponents and others concerned with the church's future weigh in on whether restructuring the denomination will achieve vitality in local congregations, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Local Church 1 Comments

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United Methodists' views on the acceptability of same-gender relationships has changed little since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, according to polling done by United Methodist Communications. Read more

Advocating Justice

Scouting Equality

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United Methodist congregations can have gay men as leaders of the local Scout troops if they wish, but no church will be forced to allow gay volunteers, says the General Commission on United Methodist Men. Read more

Local Church

U.S. Supreme Court

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United Methodists are weighing in on how the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court decision that rules marriage to be a civil right for LGBT people will affect discussion of the UMC's anti-gay doctrines at the 2016 General Conference Read more

In the Church

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The Connectional Table, a ministry coordinating agency, has proposed legislation to the 2016 General Conference that would remove anti-LGBT stands from the Book of Discipline, giving annual conferences discretion to decide human sexuality matters. Read more

In the Church 7 Comments