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The Pre-General Conference Briefing challenges attendees with a long day of details about future plans, United Methodist life outside the USA, and spirituality. Read more

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United Methodist Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle shares sights, sounds and signals from the Pre-General Conference Briefing for delegates and communicators happening Jan 23-24 in Nashville, Tenn. Read more

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The bishop in Virginia vows to uphold the Book of Discipline, while the cabinet in Greater Northwest reaffirms its resistance to newly enacted anti-LGBTQ+ punishments. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott continues his series on United Methodist financial assets with a basic explanation of the trust clause. Read more

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Despite the UMC's current suspicious atmosphere over partisan subtext, Dr. Meeli Tankler of Estonia still believes that "Sent in Love," a study on the nature of the church, carries in itself hope for healing. Read more

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In Frank Holbrook's view, both so-called Traditionalists and Centrists have won Pyrrhic victories in the human sexuality war of the past 50 years. Now the focus has shifted to managing the membership decline and maintaining church assets. Read more

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United Methodist schism is the smallest of the earth’s concerns. The world is tired and afraid. People are worn out. The world needs churches that offer hope. Too bad we’re breaking camp, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence, past president of the UMC's Judicial Council, weighs in on the political and technical aspects of the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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A new video from West Ohio Annual Conference expands more on the discussions that led to the creation of the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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According to the trust clause that governs ownership, United Methodist assets are defined as "all real and personal, tangible and intangible property" – but the definition doesn't stop there. Read more

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Asbury alumna Janine Roberts had to leave the United Methodist Church that nurtured her life and ministry in order to marry and find an affirming faith community. Read more

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Cynthia B. Astle analyzes the video report of the negotiating team for "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" and interprets its implications for the UMC. Read more

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A proposed split in the United Methodist Church could be good news for colleges that struggled with whether to retain their church affiliation following the adoption of anti-LGBT policies. Read more

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Retired Bishop William Boyd Grove finds that the negotiated agreement offers the UMC a way out of the hostility and division that has plagued the church since 1972. Read more

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Members of the negotiation team for "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" talked about their process during a 75-minute video session. Read more

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Professor Hartley finds the recently revised United Methodist statement on the church's nature is also a kind of “holiness manifesto,” set forth at a time when there is again a great “need of a compelling articulation of the message of holiness.” Read more

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The vice chair of the Wesleyan Covenant Association explains why she supports the proposed "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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Two church leaders give surprising reactions in the ongoing discussion over The United Methodist Church's future. Read more

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The denomination's financial agency says a budget for 2021-2024 is still in process to be considered at the 2020 General Conference. Read more

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Patrick Scriven offers some counsel for pastors in local congregations whose members are peppering them with questions about a split in The United Methodist Church. Read more

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