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Before the Special General Conference in February 2019, the Korean Association of The United Methodist Church urges the church to pray and work for unity.

Korean United Methodists choose prayer over plans

Before the Special General Conference in February 2019, the Korean Association of The United Methodist Church urges the church to pray and work for unity. Read More

United Methodist deaconess Elizabeth Jill Luat speaks during a forum on plans developed by the Commission on a Way Forward held in Manila, Philippines. Luat is a 2016 general conference delegate. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Filipinos discuss Way Forward plans

Two conversations organized by groups in The United Methodist Church in the Philippines focused on proposed legislative plans for the denomination's future Read More

LGBTQ advocates conflicted on way forward

LGBTQ advocates conflicted on way forward

A number of United Methodists who support LGBTQ equality see real progress in the One Church Plan. Still other advocates prefer what’s being called a Simple Plan. Read More

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

Plans prayerfully pondered by United Methodists

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

The Rev. Tom Steagald of Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, reads the One Church Plan during a break at the July 17 Uniting Methodist Conference in Dallas. The three plans and the full Way Forward report were part of the Judicial Council’s October docket. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Court docket details proposed plans for UMC

The first public details of proposed legislation setting out three proposals for resolving the denomination’s differences over homosexuality are part of the Judicial Council’s October docket. Read More

Uniting Methodists get strategic

Uniting Methodists get strategic

The Uniting Methodists group went beyond talking up the One Church Plan to discussing strategy and tactics for getting it passed at the special General Conference set for February 2019. Read More

Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council pose for a group photo. The United Methodist Council of Bishops has asked the denomination’s top court to rule on the constitutionality of the legislation submitted by the Commission on Way Forward. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Bishops seek court ruling on Way Forward plans

The Council of Bishops has asked the denomination’s top court to rule on the constitutionality of some of the legislation heading to the 2019 special General Conference. Read More

Delegate Pierre Kasongo (right) and other members of the Tanganyika delegation vote on legislation while listening to a translation of the 2016 General Conference proceedings. The Commission on General Conference said translations of the Way Forward proposals are coming. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Translated Way Forward coming July 30

The organizers of General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly, announced that they expect the needed translation work to be completed this month. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward convened Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn. The commission is still working on possibilities for the denomination’s future. Photo by the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga

Bishops amend what’s heading to GC2019

The Council of Bishops has amended its call for the 2019 special General Conference so that legislation comes from the Commission on a Way Forward — not the bishops. Read More

Members of the 2018 Michigan Annual Conference meet in Traverse City, Mich. Conferences, including Michigan, voted on resolutions that signal their aspirations for the special General Conference in 2019. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Annual conferences mixed on bishops’ plan

Some have endorsed the bishops’ recommended One Church Model. Some want a more traditionalist approach. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) greets Bishop Scott Jones prior to the May 22 oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council in Evanston, Ill. The two argued different positions before the court. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Court ruling spurs competing interpretations

Focus now turns to how the special General Conference will determine which pieces of legislation are “in harmony” with its stated purpose. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward converse with each other as they complete their final commission meeting on May 23 at the Upper Room chapel in Nashville, Tenn. Many commission members credit the book “The Anatomy of Peace” with helping them work together. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Can a book help the church stay together?

A number of delegations to special General Conference are reading “The Anatomy of Peace” to prepare for their work. Here's why. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) speaks during a May 22, 2018, oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council, meeting in Evanston, Ill. At right is Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Question to court: Who can submit petitions?

In a two-hour session, streamed online, Judicial Council heard arguments about petitions related to the special General Conference in 2019. Read More

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton (center), who leads the New York Conference, speaks during a meeting of the Commission on General Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Seated to the left and right are Duncan McMillan, the commission chair, and Moses Kumar, General Conference treasurer. Photo by Art McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Paying for the special General Conference

The Commission on General Conference approved registration fees for visitors to GC2019. A big concern is helping delegates do their work. Read More

Sara Hotchkiss, in red, speaks during the Commission on General Conference meeting Oct. 7 at Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Ala. Earlier in the meeting, Hotchkiss helped explain plans for the special General Conference in 2019. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Planning the special General Conference

As church heads into ‘uncharted waters,’ the Commission on General Conference offers an overview of what to expect in 2019. Read More

Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019 to take up bishops’ proposals related to church unity and homosexuality. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality. Read More

Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Reactions vary to 2019 special General Conference

Some say timing suggests 'lack of urgency' but others note logistical challenges. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, presides over the May 19 afternoon session of the 2016 United Methodist General Church in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

Bishops planning for 2019 General Conference

The United Methodist Council of Bishops intend to call for a special 2019 General Conference. Read More