Human Sexuality

Social Concerns
Bishop Grant Hagiya of Cal-Pacific Conference explains the three plans submitted by the Commission on Way Forward at the pacific islanders’ gathering at the School of Theology at Claremont, CA on Dec 10-11 to have a serious conversation on the “Hard Conversation on Human Sexuality and a Divided UMC.” Photo by Thomas Kim, UMNS.

Pacific Islanders focus on divide over sexuality

A December gathering at Claremont School of Theology featured a serious conversation on the church's division over human sexuality issues.
Bishops
Bishops pray with representatives from the unofficial advocacy group Love Prevails during the Council of Bishops meeting in November. The group asked the bishops to address the LGBTQ community. Pictured from left are Bishops Grant Hagiya and Linda Lee praying with the Rev. Amy DeLong and her wife, Val Zellmer. Photo by the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

LGBTQ churchgoers wary of bishops' letter

The Council of Bishops addressed the global LGBTQ community. But the letter disappointed a number of its intended readers.
Social Concerns
Ron Blanton plays the Rev. Charles Moore in a re-enactment segment of the new documentary “Man on Fire.” Moore, a retired United Methodist elder, set himself on fire in a suicidal protest of racism in 2014. Film image courtesy of “Man on Fire” film.

PBS film looks at pastor's fatal protest

The 2014 self-immolation of retired United Methodist clergyman Charles Moore, and its effect on his East Texas hometown, is the subject of "Man on Fire."
General Church
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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