UMC future

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

UMC Future

Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global recommends watching a Norwegian scholar's presentation to understand the views of European United Methodists about the results of the 2018 General Conference. Read more


The Rev. William B. Lawrence, past president of the Judicial Council, shows how actions of the 2019 General Conference violated not only United Methodism's highest laws, but also its greatest theology of God's grace. Read more


A welter of "plans" for somehow dividing The United Methodist Church along lines of LGBTQ+ acceptance now face the denomination. Read more

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William B. Lawrence

Hillsman Stuart Jackson

The Rev. William B. Lawrence, past president of the Judicial Council, contends that the Commission on General Conference shouldn't have considered allegations of GC2019 voter fraud behind closed doors. Read more

General Conference 2019

With thorough research, Dr. David W. Scott finds that WCA’s offer to save endangered Central Conference ministries may sound great, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money funneled through official UMC channels. Read more

Global Nature 4 Comments

A Dallas reader takes issue with the continued support for the One Church concept now that a practical approach for separation has emerged. Read more

Perspectives 5 Comments

The Rev. Sky McCracken points out that the Indianapolis Plan operates on an assumption that local congregations are of one mind on LGBTQ acceptance. They aren't, and many won't want to vote lest they threaten church unity. Read more

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An ad hoc group has come up with a proposal to separate The United Methodist Church into two denominations based on their respective stances regarding the acceptance of homosexual practice. Read more

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New revelations of vote tampering at the 2019 General Conference prompt the Rev. Jeremy Smith to call once more for auditing annual conference membership counts. Read more

Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

Longtime civil and humans activist the Rev. Gilbert Caldwell finds opportunities and cautions in a recent letter to dissidents from President Timothy C. Tennent of Asbury Theological Seminary. Read more

Perspectives 9 Comments

Mainstream UMC's final survey report finds areas of agreement among traditionalists, progressives and centrists. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott looks at two possible scenarios: What would happen if all U.S. subsidies were to stop through complete separation from the current denominational system, and what would happen if U.S. subsidies were to decline by a third. Read more

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Sierra Leone Offering

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Dr. David W. Scott offers some additional reflections on how much money the central conferences collect and how that compares to the amount of U.S. financial support for central conference ministry. Read more

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Mainstream UMC's latest survey installment finds that Progressives and Centrists can live together in one church, but not as the UMC is currently organized. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott looks at the context of salaries for United Methodist clergy in Africa. Read more

Global Nature

Participants in a recent consultation called by Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone expand on what was discussed at the meeting. Read more

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United Methodist academics who favor full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church will gather to hear presentations on what future direction the denomination could take. Read more

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