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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.

Splinter or schism ahead?

Woman praying at St. Louis General Conference.

Will the denomination act toward schism or splinter? The author says it’s still too soon to tell what might happen. He urges careful consideration of consequences.

Bishops have questions for Judicial Council

Bishops Haller and Ough listen intently during a meeting of the Council of Bishops.

Council of Bishops asks the Judicial Council, UMC’s top court, to rule on five questions related to the Traditional Plan. 

AC elections shift GC 2020 delegates

Diana and Duane Miller use electronic voting devices at The Michigan Conference.

U.S. annual conferences elected more delegates opposed to the Traditional Plan, but traditionalists estimate they still have the majority overall for General Conference 2020.

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.  

Bishops address a ‘chaotic moment’ in UMC

Bishops Kiesey and Steiner-Ball

The Council of Bishops began its spring meeting May 6 amid conversations around the denomination about possibly splitting the church. 

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

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.

Views on GC2019 and mission

Bishop John Yambasu prays at the 2019 General Conference

Directors of the Board of Global Ministries express pain over the divide that has occurred since the special General Conference.  

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