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Facing into the future with courage

Manchester members took courage to share

Arriving in Manchester two years ago, Pastor Dillon Burns didn’t want “to shake the boat.” Now he and the congregation are finding the courage to engage in healthy conversations.

Two conferences to vote on Protocol

Bishop Yambasu at GC 2016

A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace through Separation made global news on January 3. Legislation to enact it at GC2020 will be considered in Michigan and Sierra Leone in March.

Hold on closings and complaints

Thomas Bickerton

“We need to settle ourselves down and breathe and allow the breath of God to take us to this next stage,” said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, regarding complaints and church closings.

Reaction aplenty to separation plan

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

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional officer of The United Methodist Church, is among those sharing thoughts on the new plan for possible separation of The United Methodist Church.

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.  

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