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The final day of the Pre-General Conference Briefing covers security, social witness and trying to build relationships beyond barriers of distance, language, culture, time, race, gender and age. Read more

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The Pre-General Conference Briefing challenges attendees with a long day of details about future plans, United Methodist life outside the USA, and spirituality. Read more

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United Methodist Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle shares sights, sounds and signals from the Pre-General Conference Briefing for delegates and communicators happening Jan 23-24 in Nashville, Tenn. Read more

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The bishop in Virginia vows to uphold the Book of Discipline, while the cabinet in Greater Northwest reaffirms its resistance to newly enacted anti-LGBTQ+ punishments. Read more

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In Frank Holbrook's view, both so-called Traditionalists and Centrists have won Pyrrhic victories in the human sexuality war of the past 50 years. Now the focus has shifted to managing the membership decline and maintaining church assets. Read more

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United Methodist schism is the smallest of the earth’s concerns. The world is tired and afraid. People are worn out. The world needs churches that offer hope. Too bad we’re breaking camp, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence, past president of the UMC's Judicial Council, weighs in on the political and technical aspects of the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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A new video from West Ohio Annual Conference expands more on the discussions that led to the creation of the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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Cynthia B. Astle analyzes the video report of the negotiating team for "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" and interprets its implications for the UMC. Read more

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A proposed split in the United Methodist Church could be good news for colleges that struggled with whether to retain their church affiliation following the adoption of anti-LGBT policies. Read more

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Retired Bishop William Boyd Grove finds that the negotiated agreement offers the UMC a way out of the hostility and division that has plagued the church since 1972. Read more

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Members of the negotiation team for "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" talked about their process during a 75-minute video session. Read more

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The vice chair of the Wesleyan Covenant Association explains why she supports the proposed "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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Two church leaders give surprising reactions in the ongoing discussion over The United Methodist Church's future. Read more

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Patrick Scriven offers some counsel for pastors in local congregations whose members are peppering them with questions about a split in The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Six of the 16 negotiators on "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, plus their mediator Kenneth Feinberg, will be interviewed live online Jan. 13 by United Methodist News Service. Read more

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The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper kicks off a new series by alumni of Asbury Theological Seminary on how their faith journeys led them to acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. Read more

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The most difficult part of change is the feeling that events or circumstances are out of one's control, writes the Rev. Mark Conrad of Desert Southwest Conference. Read more

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Well-known United Methodist leaders are among those who made public statements this week on the UMC's struggle over LGBTQ+ acceptance and its potential split. Read more

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Kick-off rallies, social media and other activities mark the formal beginning of the #Resist Harm protests against the Traditional Plan, which went into effect Jan. 1. Read more

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