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47-year-long debate grinds on

Bishops praying at General Conference 2019 before the debate begins

Issues before the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis have a history dating back to the 1972 General Conference in Atlanta. Click here for an interactive timeline.

Our calling in Christ continues

Amy Mayo Moyle introduces legislation Bishop Bard continues to interpret

Bishop David Bard brings into clearer focus some aspirational actions taken by the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference, as the journey toward GC2020 continues to move forward.

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.

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.

Traditionalist advocates, bishops talk

Supporters of Traditional Plan

Traditionalist advocates recently met with United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines to discuss the denomination’s future.  

Court rulings put focus on UMC’s future

The Dome in St. Louis, MO

Rulings by Judicial Council on actions of the 2019 General Conference have some church members celebrating and some moving on.

Bishop considers a ‘wider-angle view’

Bishops praying at General Conference 2019 before the debate begins

Bishop David Bard describes the recent rulings of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church and outlines possible next steps between now and the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis.

Top Court meeting this week

Man at General Conference 2019

The United Methodist Church’s top court meets April 23-26 to review the Traditional Plan and an exit plan adopted by the special 2019 General Conference.

Outcome of General Conference bittersweet

Those supporting the Traditional Plan say the vote was the best way forward, but it’s not a time for celebration. 

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