UMC Next Conference

Participants in the UMC Next and Our Movement Forward summits find commonalities amid their differences, including hope for a more inclusive United Methodist Church. Read more

UMC Future

UMCNext sparked three questions in the Rev. Darren Cushman Wood that he thinks are critical to next steps for the denomination. Read more

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Is it worth holding on when our personal convictions of liberating love are being held in Egypt? Or is it time for us to plan our Exodus and dismantle forms of oppression and injustice in whatever forms they present themselves? asks Zach Nell. Read more

UMC Future

Make no mistake: the desire of the majority of people is to move the church into a new place where we don’t have to continue the 40-year war against those we disagree with, writes the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith reports on his experience attending the UMC Next conference May 20-22 at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Read more

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Hoshibata Embrace

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Bishop Bob Hoshibata felt that there was a hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement, through efforts to renew our denomination, or that something entirely new might need to emerge. Read more

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The Rev. Tyler Schwaller compares the liberation of Our Movement Forward to the inclusion of UMC Next. Read more

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Bishop Elaine Stanovsky says she believes the two conferences held between May 17 and 22 are shaping the future of a new Methodism, but there are still many questions to be answered. Read more

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The Rev. David Livingston of Great Plains Conference gives an early assessment of the value of the UMC Next conference. Read more

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UMC Next participants are speaking out regarding their conference experience and next steps they expect to take in their respective regions. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines how difficult it would be to divide the institution of The United Methodist Church. Read more

Global Nature 7 Comments

UMC Next participants will now fan out to their respective annual conferences to share some of the Leawood discussions and lead conversations on next steps. Read more

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Another Ohio college cuts UMC ties, and UMC Next participants favor creating a new church. Read more

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The Rev. Scott Gilliland, associate pastor of Lovers Lane UMC in Dallas, gives a powerful witness to the need for United Methodism to address its institutional sins such as racism and sexism. Read more


Participants at Our Movement Forward who are also attending the UM-Next gathering prepared a document outlining their definitions of harm, grace and accountability for church meetings. Read more

Perspectives 4 Comments

A Southwest Texas pastor reports from UMC-Next's opening day; a San Diego pastor charts a new group; Drew University will monitor UMC relationship; news from Minnesota, Desert Southwest and media mentions. Read more

General Conference 2019 6 Comments