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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

UMC Future 3 Comments

The clause that says churches hold their property "in trust" for the denomination goes all the way back to John Wesley, writes Kathy L. Gilbert. Read more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. makes the case for it should be hard for local congregations to leave The United Methodist Church. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Mississippi conference leaders have invoked the trust clause to claim the property of First UMC in Louisville, Miss., where the congregation voted to leave the denomination. Read more

Finance and Administration

A preemptive lawsuit by a prominent Presbyterian congregation to take its property from its denomination could be a harbinger of the future for United Methodists as well, writes the Rev. Christy Thomas. Read more

Christy Thomas 2 Comments