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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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Bishops clarify statement on Commission on a Way Forward recommendation 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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A decision to charge $200-per-person registration fees for the 2019 General Conference is already having the opposite effect of what the General Conference Commission intended. 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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A pastoral letter from Bishop David Bard of Michigan acknowledges the church's pain over recent events and counsels faith and patience in the face of doubts and fears about the UMC's future. 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

A Way Forward 4 Comments

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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Dr. David W. Scott outlines the differences between United Methodism's struggle over policy about human sexuality and the Southern Baptists' struggle for political control of its denomination. more

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The thief at Clifton UMC in Cincinnati, Ohio, didn't take the pastor's computer or the church's silver, but instead took the certificates that symbolize his ordination as United Methodist clergy. more

Local Church

Bishop Bob Hoshibata explains to the Desert Southwest Conference what actions the Council of Bishops took in regard to the report from the Commission on A Way Forward on three church unity models. 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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A United Methodist journalist from Liberia shares his international perspective on the gay-friendly comments of retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Roman Catholic Pope Francis. more

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