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Southern Methodist University in Dallas recently changed it Articles of Incorporation and now faces a lawsuit filed by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church. The dispute involves the degree of United Methodist control of the school and comes as the denomination faces an uncertain future. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons.

Jurisdictional conference sues SMU

The Dallas school’s change in governance documents prompted the South Central Jurisdictional Conference to fight what it claims is an effort to sever longstanding legal ties.
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The Wesleyan Covenant Association has posted the first draft of the “Draft Book of Doctrines and Discipline for a New Methodist Church.” The document, a rule book for a proposed spinoff denomination from The United Methodist Church, was introduced Nov. 9 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Okla., during the association’s global gathering. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Scripture key to first draft of WCA discipline

The first glimpse of how a new Methodist denomination might look is available in the initial draft of a Book of Doctrines and Discipline released by the Wesleyan Covenant Association.
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Bishop Harald Rückert of Germany announces the support of bishops in Africa, Europe and the Philippines for the proposed U.S. regional conference. He made the announcement toward the end of the Nov. 3-6 Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Bishops’ group backs US regional conference

Bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines announced support for the proposed new structure for U.S. decision-making.
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Kevin Dunn presents an overview of U.S. United Methodist membership data to the General Council on Finance and Administration board during its Nov. 15 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. He is the agency’s director of data services. Among the bright spots he pointed to was the church’s growth in Hispanic and multiracial members. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

US dips below majority of membership

United Methodist leaders project that by now at least half of the denomination lives outside the U.S.

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