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A banner with a message of inclusion and a rainbow flag fly outside Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Resistance continues to passage of the Traditional Plan at last month’s special called General Conference in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of Saint Mark United Methodist Church.

Resistance to GC2019 spreads

United Methodists unhappy about passage of Traditional Plan find various ways to apologize to the LGBTQ community— and to protest.
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Spare voting machines rest on a table at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Some in the church are calling for an independent investigation into voting irregularities during the conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Questions about task force ricocheting around church

Group investigating possible voting improprieties during 2019 General Conference are all members of Commission on General Conference.
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The Rev. Heather Sinclair anoints Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton at the beginning of a time of healing prayer and anointing at the close of a special session of the New York Annual Conference at Purchase College, State University of New York. Photo by Stephanie Parsons.

New York, New Jersey conferences confer on GC2019

Inaugural conference special sessions address concerns over pain, distrust caused by denomination-wide vote.
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The Rev. Gary W. Graves, secretary of the General Conference, speaks to the press following the conclusion of the special session in St. Louis. To the right is Bishop Kenneth H. Carter. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Task force to investigate GC2019 voting

General Conference organizers have named a 12-member task force to look into potential voting irregularities at the special session.

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