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UMC future

Organizers see the gathering as "a way to assist the larger United Methodist Church, by modeling a method of having important conversations with each other that reflect how we can be together conversationally and missionally in a changing world." more

Global Nature

Even more than its institutional threat, splitting The United Methodist Church would bring personal grief for the community that has nurtured his faith journey, writes retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder. more

Perspectives 11 Comments

The Global Young People's Convocation held a legislative session to prepare proposals on migration, nationalism, sexism and rejection of the practice of child marriage to send to the United Methodist General Conference 2020. more

Global Nature

Claiming to be "Bible based" doesn't necessarily ensure competent, compassionate leadership for The United Methodist Church's future, writes the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell. more

Perspectives

Metaphors drawn from human relationships give a better picture of the current state of The United Methodist Church and prospects for its future, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

Caroline Mutsago reports on two Church and Society listening sessions held in June about the draft revision of the Social Principles for the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area and the Africa University. more

Global Nature

Like all of the United Methodist Church, Filipinos have a variety of views on how the UMC show related to LGBTQ people, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Using the marketing skills of its leadership, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has mounted a campaign in support of the Traditionalist Plan that deflects attention from its true purpose – the dissolution of the UMC, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

A Way Forward 5 Comments

LGBTQ United Methodists and their allies worshiped and strategized for the 2019 General Conference at a three-day gathering, "For Everyone Born," in St. Louis, Mo. more

A Way Forward

The report from the Commission on A Way Forward is released in all four official languages used by the General Conference. more

A Way Forward

As the Rev. David Livingston sees it, the "traditionalist" plan has multiple fatal flaws, particularly in setting up an "inquisition committee" to remove bishops who won't sign an agreement to uphold anti-homosexual stances. more

A Way Forward 5 Comments

Filipinos say they're finding it difficult to consider the three Way Forward plans because of inadequate information, along with influence by a speaker from the Wesleyan Covenant Association, which advocates for the Traditional Plan. more

A Way Forward

Delegates hope that the Holy Spirit will inspire the specially called 2019 General Conference with wisdom regarding plans for church unity, but they still have preferences among the three models. more

A Way Forward

Christians are called to follow Jesus, not lead him, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Practicing Faith

The Christian leader of the future should be totally irrelevant to her/his surroundings, instead offering only one's "vulnerable self" to carry the message of God's unconditional love, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Practicing Faith

The "festering heresy" confronting The United Methodist Church isn't whether homosexual practice is sinful, but the threat to sever the essentials of the gospels – truth and love, writes retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

United Methodist students and seminarians joined thousands of other Filipinos in a Pride Parade in late June to show their support for LGBTQIA+ people's rights. more

Advocating Justice

Dr. David W. Scott helped write the Way Forward's missional framework section and recommends both it and the theological section as helpful in understanding the commission's work. more

A Way Forward 5 Comments

Members of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, an affiliation of 13 United Methodist advocacy groups, will meet July 25-30 in St. Louis, Mo., to strategize for a more inclusive church. more

Advocating Justice