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Video image from Vital Conversations series. Courtesy of GCORR.

Race, Culture, the Church and Human Sexuality

Videos feature voices of color unpacking the complexity of full inclusion in the church through intimate and deeply moving conversations. View

Bishop Bruce Ough. File photo courtesy of UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Bruce Ough

In a video statement, the leader of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area asks those in the church to overlook preconceptions and pray for its future. More

Douglas Palmer, a lay delegate from the Rocky Mountain annual conference, speaks to the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., on May 12. File  photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Q&A: 2019 Special Session of the General Conference

Find answers to many of the most commonly-asked questions about the February event. Read More

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball filmed a series of videos for her conference members explaining various aspects of the Way Forward process and offering brief overviews of the three plans being considered by the 2019 special session of General Conference.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Steiner Ball

Bishop explains various aspects of the Way Forward process and offers brief overview of the three plans being considered by the 2019 special session. View

Bishop John Yambasu gives the sermon during morning worship at the 2016 General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Yambasu

Despite the anxiety about the future of The United Methodist Church, bishop says God “will lead his church to where he wants his church to be.” View

Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area tells his members that the only way to maintain relationships in the church is to continue talking to one another — even if they strongly disagree.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Alsted

Bishop tells members the only way to maintain relationships in the church is to continue talking to one another — even if they strongly disagree. View

Church members react to the three published plans for the future proposed by the Commission on a Way Forward.

An overview of proposals for General Conference 2019

This downloadable chart created by the Great Plains Conference provides a side-by-side comparison of the three main plans to be considered by 2019 General Conference delegates. View

Many United Methodists feel anxiety as the denomination heads toward a special General Conference in 2019. Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president-designate of the Council of Bishops, offers her thoughts on where we are as a church. Video screen capture by UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Harvey

Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president-designate of the Council of Bishops, offers her thoughts on where we are as a church. View

The Commission on a Way Forward suggests changes to our Book of Discipline. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

The Commission on a Way Forward report: What you should know

At a special session of General Conference in February 2019, The United Methodist Church will receive and act upon this report. Learn what's in it. Read More

We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church.

In prayer, we can be one in Christ

We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. Read More

This special edition of Circuit Rider carefully considers the issues, from varied perspectives, facing The United Methodist Church as it prepares for the Special Session of General Conference in 2019.

One with Christ, One with each other, One in ministry to all the world

This special edition of Circuit Rider carefully considers the issues to be discussed at the Special Session of General Conference in 2019. Read More

More than 100 people from the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area participate in

When the topic is tough, we need to talk — and listen

As they prepare for the 2019 General Conference, many United Methodist churches and annual conferences are creating settings for people to engage in meaningful dialogue about sensitive topics. Read More

Hands in prayer. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

One faith, different understandings

United Methodists who adhere to the faith's core tenets often differ in their understandings of particular Scripture passages. Do these differences have to divide? Read More

The Bible: From Age to Age the Same?

The Bible is the top-selling book of all time, but what it really means to its readers has been a consistent source of debate. Read More

Commission on a Way Forward members seek to benefit the entire church. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, United Methodist Council of Bishops.

Commission on a Way Forward: 5 things you need to know

As United Methodist General Conference 2019 approaches, this overview offers members details about efforts helping shape the future of the denomination. Read More