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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.

Scripture key in WCA discipline

WCA meets on future of church

The WCA has released a first draft of Doctrines and Discipline, toward the possible creation of a new, traditionalist church.

WCA anticipates new, traditionalist church

WCA meets on future of church

The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) recently held its fourth global gathering, drawing about 1,000 to Asbury UMC in Tulsa, Oklahoma with another 2,000 watching by simulcast.

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.

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.

Breakin’ up is hard to do

Woman praying at General Conference 2019

Relationships — between individuals, nations, churches, or denominations — are complex. Jack Harnish explores the difficulties United Methodists now face.

Denomination’s future under discussion

Adam Hamilton at the microphone.

Conversations about the future of The UMC are quietly occurring among leaders after General Conference underscored deep divisions over homosexuality. 

Schism or splinter?

Prayers lifted at General Conference

  “There are numerous, intended or unintended, consequences of any kind of schism or splinter of The United Methodist Church,” says Rev. John Harnish. 

Evangelical group takes shape

A newly formed orthodox group faces questions about its purpose as The UMC’s homosexuality debate moves ahead.

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