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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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Three United Methodist bishops from Central Conferences convened a consultation including prominent leaders of various perspectives on the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church. Read more

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Two clergymen share examples of the differing views on whether The United Methodist Church should divide. Read more

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Dissolving the UMC from the top down would cost millions in accountants' and legal fees, but setting it free from the bottom up would allow new networks to form with assets for ministry still intact, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines ways that Central Conferences can fund future ministries if United Methodist apportionments are reduced by schism or dissolution. Read more

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Will the denomination act toward schism or splinter? The Rev. John E. Harnish says it’s still too soon to tell what might happen. He urges careful consideration of consequences. Read more

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