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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, outgoing president of the Council of Bishops, looks back over the past few tumultuous years of trying to discern The United Methodist Church's future. Read more


The Traditional Plan heads for a vote by the entire General Conference plenary vote on Tuesday, along with two exit plans. However, the One Church Plan was voted down by a margin of about 50 votes. Read more


Pensions, exit plans and the Traditional Plan topped delegates choices for priority legislation, but proponents of the One Church Plan cautioned that they haven't given up. Read more

Images from the Day of Prayer that began the 2019 General Conference. Read more

The Rev. Chris Ritter backs the Connectional Conferences Plan of the Way Forward Report because he thinks it offers a path to "United Methodism 2.0." Read more

A Way Forward

GC2019 delegate Dave Nuckols, who served on the Way Forward commission, thinks it's crucial to dispel misconceptions about the One Church Plan. Read more


The Rev. Forbes Matonga of Zimbabwe looks at the Way Forward plans from an African perspective. Read more

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Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco said that many of his church members are looking toward the upcoming called special General Conference with both fear and anticipation. Read more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Maxie Dunnam sponsors the "Modified Traditional" Plan headed to the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table, said that in the midst of anxiety over the future direction of The United Methodist Church, she continues to pray for unity. Read more

A Way Forward

Bishop Scott Jones weighed the characteristics of the three models put forth by the Commission on A Way Forward. Read more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Karen G. Prudente explain why they support the alternative Simple Plan for a "way forward" for the UMC. Read more


Confessing Movement executive director Patricia L. Miller submitted the legislation for the Connectional Conference Plan to General Conference. Read more

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The Rev. Tom Berlin, who submitted the One Church Plan legislation to General Conference, discusses various questions he’s been hearing about the plan and the commission’s process. Read more

A Way Forward

Vice president of Good News and a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association leadership council, Lambrecht gives his perspectives into the Traditional Plan and Modified Traditional Plans. Read more

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Bishop Thomas Bickerton says delegates to the special 2019 General Conference should "let God do what God does best" in Way Forward deliberations, in the latest UMNS video installment. Read more

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Bishop Bruce Ough is the latest episcopal leader to be interviewed in the United Methodist News Service's video series. Read more

A Way Forward

In the third video series installment, Bishop John Yambasu of the Sierra Leone Episcopal Area acknowledges the anxiety about the future of The United Methodist Church, but insists that God “will lead his church to where he wants his church to be.” Read more

A Way Forward

Great Plains Annual Conference has developed a chart on the three models of the Way Forward Plan that is being used in discussions around the region. Read more

A Way Forward

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. Read more

A Way Forward

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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For the second year in a row, the differences over human sexuality in The United Methodist Church is the top news story selected by UM News. Read more

In the Church

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United Methodist media in general and its news service in particular are professional journalists who bring the added dimension of their faith to reporting the church's news, writes Tim Tanton of United Methodist Communications. Read more


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Many United Methodists, including some from UMC-related Candler School of Theology, worked and prayed to stop the Sept. 29 execution of Kelly Gissendaner, writes Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service Read more

Advocating Justice

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After leading a campaign against Ebola, United Methodist missionary Victor Doolakeh Taryor steps down after eight years as administrator of church-related Ganta Hospital. Read more

Global Nature

The United Methodist Church has several churchwide policies regarding women's reproductive health and abortion. Read more

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