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As United Methodists prepare for the special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, they might learn from the experiences of other denominations that have dealt with their own splits. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Lessons from other denominational divides

United Methodist ecumenical partners Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians all have faced their own splits related to homosexuality and the Bible. Here is an overview of their experiences.

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United Methodist deaconess Cindy Johnson (right) walks to buy medicine with Isabél who traveled with her daughter from Nicaragua to Matamoros, Mexico, hoping to request asylum in the U.S. Kassandra, 16 months, was suffering from fever and weight loss while she and her mother waited for their turn to approach the bridge leading to Brownsville, Texas. Johnson, who makes regular visits to the makeshift camp, brought members of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force for a firsthand look at the immigration situation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists respond to migrants at the border

The United Methodist Immigration Task Force saw United Methodists in action caring for migrants from around the world seeking asylum at border towns in Texas.
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The Rev. Jisun Kwak. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Kwak.

Church courts finds clergywoman not guilty

The decision culminates a two-and-half-year process that began with the Rev. Jisun Kwak’s suspension. She was found not guilty on all counts.
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Washington Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg, Va., is back open after closing for two weeks in January as it searched for new insurance coverage. Washington Street was among the United Methodist churches that got higher premium notices just before Christmas from United Methodist Insurance, a subsidiary of the denomination's General Council on Finance and Administration. Photo courtesy of Washington Street United Methodist Church.

Premium hikes have churches scrambling

Churches and conferences are unhappy about higher premium notices from United Methodist Insurance that arrived just before Christmas.

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The Reverend Chris Ritter. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
The Rev. Chris Ritter. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Chris Ritter

The Rev. Chris Ritter is a pastor in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and a delegate to the 2019 special General Conference. He also helped write language that was eventually included in the Connectional Conference Plan. Ritter spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

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