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Judicial Council
Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen)  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Judicial Council sets February docket

Docket items include the first administrative appeal to come before the denomination's top court, but no reconsideration of Traditional Plan ruling.
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Bishops who support the One Church Plan debut a website with information on the proposal, which will be among other legislation submitted to the 2019 special General Conference. Image of home page courtesy of onechurchplan.org.

Bishops' website spotlights One Church Plan

Bishops say they want to provide information to help General Conference delegates. The new site is getting pushback but also support.
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The special called session of the General Conference — set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis — will attempt to find common ground on the issue of same-sex marriage and ordination of homosexuals. Image by United Methodist News Service.

Opinions still vary on the Way Forward

A variety of plans have United Methodist champions as the church strives to find common ground on homosexual marriage and clergy.
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Nativity set from Peru, photographed at the Upper Room Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Does Christmas have roots in pagan beliefs?

A look at the long history of celebrating Christmas on December 25 and how the early church arrived at that date.

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