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The Rev. Sam Royappa addresses the Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commentary: Wisconsin pastor prepares for GC2019

The Rev. Samuel J. Royappa prays that the February gathering will renew and resurrect The United Methodist Church.
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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter answers questions during a press conference about the United Methodist Church's Way Forward plan to address how the denomination ministers with LGBTQ individuals at the conclusion of the church's Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago in May 2018. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Carter

The president of the Council of Bishops shares some of the questions he’s been hearing about the special called General Conference taking place in February, 2019.
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Bishops Scott Jones of the Texas Conference and Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Conference celebrate Holy Communion during the closing worship of the Council of Bishops meeting. Bishops discussed their role at the special General Conference during their meeting at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops urge trust in GC2019 delegates

Finding a way forward in the church debate over homosexuality is now up to General Conference. Bishops discussed how to facilitate that work.
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Delegates and guests sing during closing worship at the Roundtable for Peace on the Korean Peninsula at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Front row, from left are: Bishop John Higon Eun, American Conference of the Korean Methodist Church; the Rev. Chongho James Kim, First United Methodist Church of Flushing, N.Y.; the Rev. Kim Sei Hwan, Korean Church of Atlanta United Methodist Church; and Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Finding new urgency in quest for peace in Korea

Methodist-led gathering of religious leaders in Atlanta sees both optimism and urgency in efforts to end 70-year division on Korean Peninsula.

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