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Preaching on the Sunday before General Conference begins, the Rev. Ashley Crowder Stanley finds that tenderness toward people brings out a variety of heartfelt emotion in her congregation. Read more

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Attitudes and laws on LGBTQ acceptance vary widely in Europe and Eurasia, which places delegates from these regions of the UMC in good position to demonstrate unity amid diversity, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Chett Pritchett, former executive director of Methodist Federation for Social Action, describes why he left the denomination. Read more

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Former seminary professor and North Texas pastor, the Rev. Dr. Dwight Judy makes a theological case for delegates to adopt the One Church Plan. Read more

A Way Forward

Helen Ryde, a jurisdictional coordinator for Reconciling Ministries Network, is making her way from western North Carolina to the special General Conference in St. Louis by stopping to pray at United Methodist Churches. Read more

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Fearful of the souls who could be lost to Christianity if the UMC continues its anti-LGBTQ stances, the Rev. Morgan Guyton poses some heartfelt, if uncomfortable, questions to Traditional Plan supporters. Read more

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Deux descendants de dirigeants méthodistes unis, une Américaine et un Congolais, ont exhorté les délégués du GC2019 à examiner les effets catastrophiques des plans traditionnels et des plans traditionnels modifiés. Read more

A Way Forward

Former United Methodists who are LGBTQ say they've been so hurt by the church's policies regarding people of sexual minorities that they can't stay any longer. Read more

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Former United Methodists who are LGBTQ and the parent of a gay son tell what caused them finally to leave the UMC. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Cedric Bridgeforth completes Hacking Christianity's series focused on the perspectives LGBTQI delegates to the special called General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward

Certainty and conviction are not the same thing, and Christian faith is built on convictions about God's will for humanity's good, even when circumstances are uncertain, writes the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more

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The Rev. Matt Miofsky, lead pastor of United Methodism's third-fastest-growing congregation, says that his church's "both/and" approach, reflected in the One Church Plan, is the UMC's best way forward. Read more

A Way Forward

In a companion to his analysis of African laws and views on homosexuality, Dr. David W. Scott explores the same topics for the Philippines. Read more

A Way Forward

Using Jesus' parable of the Lost Sheep, Rev. Charlie Baber of Wesley Bros suggests that the grassroots approach of the One Church Plan is likely the best way forward for the church regarding human sexuality. Read more

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Leaders of Mt. Horeb UMC in South Carolina, aligned with the Wesleyan Covenant Association, say they're ready to leave the denomination if anti-LGBTQ stances are removed by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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Dr. Stephen Long warns that the traditional plans being put before the 2019 General Conference will turn the church into a state with a punishment mechanism. Read more

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Rev. Stan Copeland of Uniting Methodists urges General Conference to find a more charitable, prayerful response to UMC unity than that posed recently by Dr. Maxie Dunnam of the Confessing Movement. Read more

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Two prominent African American pastors, the Rev. Dr. Vance P. Ross and the Rev. Rudy Rasmus, challenge the idea that human sexuality is the UMC's most pressing issue in a video from the General Commission on Religion and Race. Read more

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There's much wider variation on the legality of homosexual practices in Africa than some claim, and church policy and state policy need not match, but public discussion of sex remains taboo, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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