United Methodist structure

We may wish to jettison some of our contemporary United Methodist structure, but a return to the ways of early Methodism could prove unworkable for our time, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

The Rev. Tom Griffith points out that the genius of the Methodist connection isn't making disciples, but making congregations that serve as faith communities where disciples are nurtured after they receive God's gift of faith. Read more

In the Church 3 Comments

Inclusion Attempted

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Demonstrators streamed into the delegates' area after the General Conference voted to retain The United Methodist Church's anti-LGBT stances. An effort to close the session to delegates only met with such a backlash that bishops were forced to negotiate a compromise with the demonstrators to reopen the afternoon session. Read more

In Cynthia Astle's experience, The United Methodist Church has achieved its streamlined structure by sacrificing its commitment to racial and gender justice. Read more

Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

Ecumenical Worship

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Ecumenical celebrations, ministry with the poor, technology and a new structure for The United Methodist Church's general agencies marked proceedings on May 1 and 2 at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. Read more

Erin Hawkins, top executive of the General Commission on Religion and Race, expresses her views that Plan UMC guts the church's objective of monitoring for racial justice. Read more

GC Archive

General Conference adopts a structure plan assembled by a group of some 20 delegates after negotiations broke down in legislative committee. The UMC's agencies to monitor discrimination against women and people of color are eliminated. Read more

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Dr. Maria Dixon gives a process analysis of why the seeming compromise on restructure proposals for The United Methodist Church blew up in the final moments of the legislative committee's work. Read more

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Pelham Travolta

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Plan B is Enforcing Plan A

The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the similarities between the Connectional Table and Call to Action proposals with UMC Plan B, finding that Plan B also enhances executive power. Read more

Apr 13, 2012 11:24 AM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

Current UMC Structure

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What UMC Restructure Proposals Are Ignoring

Rev. Jerry Eckert points out that a wave of clergy retirements on the horizon are being ignored by virtually all of the proposals to restructure The United Methodist Church. Read more

Apr 10, 2012 11:01 AM Jerry Eckert 8 Comments

Delegates to the 2012 General Conference from the Nebraska Annual Conference decline to endorse any one proposal for change, but commit themselves to seeking God's will for The United Methodist Church. Read more

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IOT Chicago

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The Interim Operations Team brought together some 30 church leaders came together recently in Chicago to discuss how to change the culture of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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GC Open Letter Signatories

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No Large Southern Church Left Behind

The Rev. Jeremy Smith of Hacking Christianity examines the large-church bias behind the recent open letter endorsing the Connectional Table/Interim Operations Team radical restructure proposal for The United Methodist Church. Read more

Apr 4, 2012 4:07 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

GBHEM Debate

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A three-hour debate at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry elicits some strong opinions about the proposed radical restructure of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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The Frustration of Assumptions

The Rev. Jay Voorhees urges United Methodists to examine their assumptions about all the proposals for change swirling about The United Methodist Church. Read more

Apr 2, 2012 4:52 PM Jay Voorhees

Adam Hamilton

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Drafted by Rev. Adam Hamilton, a member of the Interim Operations Team, the open letter signed by more than 200 mostly large-membership church pastors urges General Conference delegates to support the Connectional Table's restructure proposal. Read more

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The Rev. Forbes Matonga, vice dean of Africa University, gives a view from the Central Conferences on the proposed Connectional Table/Interim Operations Team restructure of The United Methodist Church. Read more

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While taking time off to prepare for General Conference, the Rev. Dan R. Dick sifts through his concerns about the welter of proposals for the future of The United Methodist Church Read more

Mar 22, 2012 11:40 AM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Plan B

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After two weeks of urging by other United Methodists, leaders of the UMC Plan B alternative to the Connectional Table restructure have disclosed the names of some of those involved in the proposal's creation Read more

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Bishops illustration

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A growing number of United Methodist leaders react to the prospect of increased power for bishops under the proposed Connectional Team restructure of the denomination. Read more

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