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Members of the Judicial Council heard from two bishops, two young adults, and four other clergy and laity during a two-hour opening hearing May 22. more

A Way Forward

Sometimes, Cynthia B. Astle's Southern heritage just wins out when it comes to considering events in religion news. more

Views from a Ridge

United Methodists hold varied definitions of what “unity” means, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds stark contrasts in what these various definitions of unity look like. more

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The Rev. H. A. "Bud" Tillinghast finds that recent scholarship on early Christianity and its defiance of the Roman Empire holds wisdom to confront the dominance issue coming before the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward

The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds the atmosphere now abroad in The United Methodist Church reminds him of the "spirit of inquisition" against which author Kathleen Norris warns. more

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Could The United Methodist Church avoid schism if it moves away from polarized positions and focuses instead on one thing on which all can agree? asks the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. more

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The Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court," has been asked by the Council of Bishops to determine whether petitions from other groups can be considered at the 2019 Special General Conference on unity. more

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Bishops, especially Bishop Scott Jones of the Texas Conference, are giving different accounts of what the Council of Bishops voted to forward to the 2019 General Conference. more

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The real issue for the 2019 General Conference isn't homosexuality or even unity, it's domination, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

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The Council of Bishops' proposal to adopt the "One Church" model on United Methodist unity gets few full endorsements and lots of doubts. more

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The United Methodist Council of Bishops wants to give annual conferences, congregations and pastors the authority to decide their own stances regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life and ministry of the church. more

A Way Forward

The Rev. William O. (Bud) Reeves finds the "One Church" model recommended by the Council of Bishops to be the best option for unity in The United Methodist Church. more

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While recommending the so-called "One Church" model, the Council of Bishops is sending all three models from the Way Forward Commission to the special 2019 General Conference. more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith takes issue with the Rev. Chris Ritter's proposal on "A Way Forward," saying it turns progressive United Methodists into second-class citizens. more

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An existing provision in the Book of Discipline may hold a solution for which way forward The United Methodist Church could take, says the Rev. Chris Ritter. more

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Global United Methodism waits as the Council of Bishops deliberates over its "Way Forward" unity proposal for the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward

Drawing on United Methodism's history, the Rev. Jeremy Smith predicts the Council of Bishops will come up with a "way forward" that will be evolutionary, not revolutionary. more

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For Wesley Bros' creator Rev. Charlie Baber, "it’s weird to think that people are actually ready to divide property and draw lines between friends over who has the truest understanding of John Wesley and the Bible." more

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Throughout the United States, United Methodist bishops are holding distinctive information and listening sessions for clergy and laity about the Way Forward proposals. more

A Way Forward

Unlike his fellow United Methodists who fear a break-up, the Rev. Morgan Guyton isn't worried about a possible schism in the denomination because he has developed support networks beyond the vaunted "connection." more

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