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The denomination’s attitude towards its current failures can be seen as part of a larger pattern of ignoring or minimizing failures rather than learning from them, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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The Western Jurisdiction's Fresh United Methodism Summit elicited many ideas and created a "visioning team" to bring a report to next year's jurisdictional conference. Read more

Signers of the “Deeper Conversations UMC” said the recent commitment by some for a moratorium on all complaints related to LGBTQ clergy and clergy performing same-gender weddings violate the Book of Discipline and illustrate the UMC's brokenness. Read more

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Various plans for the future of The United Methodist Church are among the topics planned for discussion at the conference. Read more

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Western Jurisdiction leaders affirm a theological statement that they will not complete with the more restrictive rules on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ clergy adopted by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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Disaffiliation, proposed changes regarding sexuality and discontent among LGBTQ+ students at Duke Divinity School mark the latest happenings in the UMC struggle. Read more

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The Rev. Stan Copeland contends that United Methodist centrists are those who don't want to see the denomination split, and who hold out the promise of church unity through their welcome of many perspectives. Read more

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In his third installment, Dr. David W. Scott assesses The United Methodist Church's ability to respond to the crisis it now faces. Read more

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Both sides in the debate over The United Methodist Church's future have forsaken the core truth of the gospel, that Jesus Christ lived, died and rose for all, writes the Rev. Dr. Christopher Momany. Read more

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General and Jurisdictional delegates from the North Central Jurisdiction have joined other U.S. United Methodists in calling for a moratorium on clergy charges and trials on issues related to anti-LGBTQ stances. Read more

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One way or another, the Wesleyan Covenant Association plans to withdraw from The United Methodist Church and set up its own traditionalist denomination, say leaders of its fourth global gathering. Read more

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The new pre-General Conference orientation session for Central Conference delegates is a highly laudable addition, but it may be too late to counteract similar past efforts by traditionalist forces, writes Cynthia B. Astle Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith traces the history of conservative forces in The United Methodist Church that have led to the creation of the schismatic Wesleyan Covenant Association. Read more

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Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy A. Johnson has joined with others among her episcopal colleagues in asserting she will not forward any homosexuality complaints to church trials. Read more

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So who profits in a UMC split of some sort? The Evangelicals. The UMC is ripe for the pickings because of the fragile nature of our connection and the massive underlying financial assets. Read more

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association's 50-plus-page document has been drafted by a 16-member committee and edited by its 34-member governing council. Read more

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United Methodist layman Edmund Baird of Virginia has scrutinized all the future proposals for the UMC and synthesized an approach based on its mission statement as the template for choosing a way forward. Read more

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Unlike other analyses looking at specific plans, Uniting Methodists has taken a bird's-eye view of the implications and potential drawbacks of most of the future proposals. Read more

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Commentators around the UMC are looking into the various plans for the denomination's future, while the Western Jurisdiction means business about its "Safe Harbor" project. Read more

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