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The United Methodist Judicial Council is being asked to help guide the denomination through its efforts to determine a model for unity amid diversity over scriptural authority and homosexuality. more

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All across the global United Methodist connection, church members, clergy and bishops are meeting to discuss options for the denomination's future. more

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The Rev. Thomas Bowsher believes United Methodists deceive ourselves if we think any of the proposals coming to the special 2019 General Conference will unify a denomination already divided. more

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Dr. Dale McConkey applies principles of sociology research and John Wesley's theological method to The United Methodist Church's division over homosexuality in a new book with a fact-based focus. more

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Dr. David W. Scott applies game theory to the prospects of the 2019 General Conference: If supporters of a particular plan were able to choose the order in which the plans were voted on, what would be the most advantageous order for their plan? more

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The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. makes the case for it should be hard for local congregations to leave The United Methodist Church. more

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Even with a clever name change to market the plan better, what has been known as the "Traditionalist" Plan is what the UMC lives with now, says the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Livestreaming of the Judicial Council oral hearings in Zurich, Switzerland will be made available through United Methodist Communications and kept online for convenient viewing from U. S. time zones. more

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Uniting Methodists issued a statement thanking United Methodist bishops of the Africa Central Conference for their public commitment to church unity in the face of calls for schism. more

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Simon Mafunda, lay leader of the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference, disputes Lloyd T. Nyarota's commentary that African delegates need more information to vote on Way Forward plans. more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global offers four interpretations of the meaning of the African bishops' statement affirming traditional marriage and resisting UMC schism. more

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North Central Jurisdiction delegates meet to build relationships in advance of the special 2019 General Conference on United Methodist unity. more

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Bishop Alsted Video

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In the second of a video series, United Methodist News Service interviews Bishop Christian Alsted of the Baltic and Nordic Area about telling his members to keep talking with one another, even if they disagree. more

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Some 60 percent of delegates to the Global Young People's Convocation in July 2018 favored the One Church plan for United Methodist unity. more

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Retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder now believes that The United Methodist Church needs to do away with all its restrictive language regarding homosexuality. more

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United Methodist African bishops unanimously reaffirmed their view that marriage is between one man and one woman and vowed to “maintain the unity” of The United Methodist Church. more

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The Rev. Alka Lyall of Broadway UMC, a Chicago congregation that has been a pioneer in LGBTQ+ inclusion, tells why she supports The Simple Plan as a better alternative than the Way Forward models. more

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The Rev. Dr. Mark Davies pulls no punches as he confronts the tyranny of "tradition" in the church that marginalizes women, people of color, indigenous groups, LGBTQ+ people and more. more

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Retired Bishop Michael J. Coyner reminds us that, for all our anxiety over the outcome of the 2019 General Conference, it's typical of such conclaves that delegates end up doing nothing. more

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The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota, a United Methodist elder from Zimbabwe, urges all 2019 General Conference delegates to gather information about the Way Forward proposals without U.S. influence. more

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