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UMCNext suggests ‘respectful separation’

UMCNext press conference on May 22.

The UMCNext coalition has just released a plan that would remove restrictions against same-sex weddings and ordination of LGBTQ clergy. The plan also would let local churches vote to leave the denomination. 

Group drafts separation plan

Worship Center at 2019 GC. Talks continue about unity or separation of UMC.

The Indianapolis Plan for proposed UMC separation, is being put forward by a group including traditional, progressive, and centrist viewpoints.

Wespath uses clout for climate change

Woman holding globe

Officials of Wespath, the agency that administers UM pension funds and benefits, are touting its efforts to be environmentally friendly. 

Why is he wearing a boat anchor?

Missionary released from detainment in Philippines wears an anchor cross

Christian symbols take many forms. This cross, as old as the church, teaches faith is “an anchor for the soul.”

Legislation proposes new structure for U.S.

Kennetha Bigham-Tsai leads the Connectional Table that proposes a regional conference structure for the US

On July 18 the United Methodist Connectional Table approved sending legislation to the 2020 General Conference that proposes the creation of a new structure for churches in the United States. 

Conferences mull denomination’s future

Conference members hold cards in the air to vote at the Michigan Annual Conference.

Many United Methodist conferences meeting across the United States this summer had passionate discussions about the future of the denomination.

Urgency needed around creation care

Two people look over garden

Everything from green-friendly investing to connecting with government officials was discussed at the recent 2019 United Methodist Creation Care Summit.

General Conference now 285 days away

Delegates to 2020 General Conference will arrive in Minneapolis in 285 days

The 2020 General Conference convenes in Minneapolis on May 5. Updates and resources to help you follow this historic event are available at gc.michiganumc.org.

Bishops Bard and Jones seek unity

BIshop Bard and colleagues consult Discipline on future course of UMC.

On July 10 UM News released a report of a “New Form of Unity,” proposed by Bishops David Bard (Michigan) and Scott Jones (Texas). Read the report and more comments from Bishop Bard.

Membership counts an important metric

Procession of church members in DR Congo

Church membership data plays a critical role in denominational decision-making. Heather Hahn explains how church leaders gather the information and the role it plays.

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