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While the highest levels of the church struggle, local congregations enjoy vitality and spread the virtues of community and service. Read more

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In the wake of the exclusionary and punitive actions of General Conference 2019, Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky has formed a Greater Northwest Area Guiding Coalition to "help to shape and lead a new movement of Methodism." Read more

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The Rev. Jason Valendy asks whether the UMC split that many desire will really bring peace to those with differing views. Read more

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The Rev. Rob Fuquay of Indianapolis has crafted a study series that asks participants to examine the scriptures touching on homosexuality using a Wesleyan theological method. Read more

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LGBTQ-friendly congregations continue to resist UMC's tightened policies against homosexuality and look toward a denominational split. Read more

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Man Breaking Chains

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In this excerpt from a longer post, GC2020 delegate Frank Holbrook analyzes why the practices such as linkage and leverage could spell doom for all the future plans coming before General Conference. Read more

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Understanding God's mission is a process of mutual learning, not a monologue in which we seek to unload our information on others. True conversation only happens when both sides talk and both sides listen, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle found this year's "futuring" program at the Church of the Resurrection's Leadership Institute proved that true reform for the UMC is unlikely to come from those invested in the existing institution. Read more

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LGBTQ Demonstrators

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While there may be plenty of sentiment for breaking up The United Methodist Church in the United States, the reality of separating the worldwide denomination is fraught with obstacles. Read more

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Memphis Conference delegate Frank Holbrook has fun making "word clouds" from some of the "futuring" plans headed for General Conference 2020. Read more

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Activities around the UMC's future around the question of LGBTQ+ inclusion ebbed this week, but they'll come back soon. Read more

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An earthenware cup convinces the Rev. Jeremy Smith that the United Methodism Church would be "befuddled" if it were to accept the idea that its three units are not connected to one another. Read more

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The Rev. Mark Conrad finds that one of the UMC's foundational issues is trust being broken. I’m hearing many issues mentioned, with trust rarely being one of them. It might already be too late for our trust to be re-built. Read more

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The Committee on Faith and Order has produced a document on the nature of the church for the 2020 General Conference. Read more

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While Filipinos are often lumped in with Africans and Eastern Europeans in terms of UMC sexuality politics, they don’t have quite the same set of goals or reasons to not walk away as Africans or Eastern Europeans. Read more

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Memphis Conference GC2020 delegate Frank Holbrook looks at the benefits and disadvantages of the UMC future plan presented by UM Forward. Read more

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Two high-profile proposals for the United Methodist Church's future – including separation into different denominations – were presented at the annual Leadership Institute held by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Read more

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Part history lesson, part camp meeting and part church politics, the future of The United Methodist Church as a worldwide denomination took center stage at the 2019 session of the Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church Read more

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Three young adult students will present the Young People's Address next May at General Conference 2020. Read more

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A United Methodist layman in Tennessee has devised a plan to extend the discernment process for new denominations in order to foster continued connections among differing Methodist expressions. Read more

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