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The idea for a pre-conference orientation for Central Conference clergy and lay delegates originated with the General Secretaries Table (a group of chief executives of denominational agencies). Read more

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association's 50-plus-page document has been drafted by a 16-member committee and edited by its 34-member governing council. Read more

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The two ad hoc groups have partnered to raise funds to aid clergy facing trial under the new, more restrictive United Methodist rules going into effect Jan. 1. Read more

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Western Jurisdiction United Methodist bishops intend to set aside complaints against clergy accused of being gay or performing LGBTQ+ weddings and they urge others to join them. Read more

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Discipleship Ministries’ site adds new features, better navigation. Read more

Local Church

Severe penalties for conducting same-sex weddings or ordaining LGBTQ persons go into effect Jan. 1, and Mainstream UMC is urging bishops to place a moratorium on such complaints until the 2020 General Conference. Read more

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An interfaith consultation on climate change raises hopes for more action by faith-based organizations. Read more

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The African-American bishops serving in the United States say it's imperative that Black clergy and laity be included in discussions about United Methodism's future. Read more

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In the wake of the exclusionary and punitive actions of General Conference 2019, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has formed a Greater Northwest Area Guiding Coalition to "help to shape and lead a new movement of Methodism." Read more

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The oversight board for United Methodist Communications has directed the staff to devise a communications plan for the entire denomination that includes lessons on how to talk with people despite disagreements. Read more

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The Committee on Faith and Order has produced a document on the nature of the church for the 2020 General Conference. Read more

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Three young adult students will present the Young People's Address next May at General Conference 2020. Read more

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Nine congregations have begun an eight-month-long process to "disaffiliate" from The United Methodist Church because of its stances against the inclusion of LGBTQ persons. Read more

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Based on its highly acclaimed "Chuck Knows Church" series, the new Discipleship Ministries teaching series intends to educate churches about evangelism, discipleship, stewardship and other factors of church life. Read more

Local Church

The racial relationships monitoring agency is offering a course especially for pastors and those who want to teach about racial and ethnic violence in their congregations. Read more

Local Church

United Methodist Women offer support for the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20 with a statement and resources. Read more

Disasters and Climate Change

The Pre-General Conference Briefing offers delegates, communicators, agency staff and others to connect and learn how to navigate the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Read more

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United Methodist bishops in Africa have reiterated their previous statement opposing any division of The United Methodist Church while still holding that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching." Read more

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The Connectional Table has launched Emerging, a digital collection of essays, articles and other content discussing what may be taking shape in the life of the UMC connection as a result of the outcome of the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Windsor Village UMC in Houston faces trial in December on wire fraud charges to which his investment partner, Gregory Alan Smith, has pleaded guilty. Read more

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Filipino American United Methodists add their voices to the outcry over white supremacy and racism behind recent shootings. Read more

Advocating Justice

Printed copies of the Advance Daily Christian Advocate should be out by Nov. 26, but an electronic version is now available. Read more

A Way Forward