Annual Conferences

General Church
A group of centrist, progressive and traditionalist church leaders have come up with a plan for The United Methodist Church to separate amicably into two or more denominations. It's called the Indianapolis Plan, after where the group met. Photo by William Sturgell, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by UM News.

Group drafts separation plan for denomination

Citing irreconcilable differences over homosexuality, a theologically diverse team of 12 envisions ʻnew expressions’ of United Methodism in a plan for the church’s future.
Social Concerns
Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi (left) of the Western Pennsylvania Conference and Eben K. Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Area celebrate the signing of a continuing partnership covenant between the two areas during the 2019 Laity Academy at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Zimbabwe, Western Pennsylvania partnership continues

A new covenant between the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area and Western Pennsylvania Conference continues a long-standing partnership that has improved health care, provided safe water, addressed poverty and built churches and relationships.
General Church
Prayer is part of a morning business meeting during the 2019 East Ohio Annual Conference. Photo by Brett Hetherington, East Ohio Conference.

Conferences mull denomination’s future

During summer regional meetings, U.S. United Methodists discussed splitting or sticking with the denomination.
General Church
Delegates attend opening worship at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. Given escalating conflict in the denomination over LGBTQ inclusion, two bishops are pushing a plan to create two or three self-governing church groups, with The United Methodist Church remaining as an umbrella organization. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

2 bishops offer plan for denomination’s future

To deal with schism-threatening conflict over homosexuality, Bishops Bard and Jones favor making The United Methodist Church an umbrella for self-governing church groups.

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