A conversation with the worship team

Listen to the leaders of the team who will lead worship at the special General Conference in St. Louis explain their approach to helping create a sacred experience while delegates seek to see a way forward for the United Methodist Church. The Rev. Arthur McClanahan, director of communications for the Iowa Conference, conducts the interviews.

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The Rev. Adam Hamilton speaks at a press conference following the UMCNext gathering at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. He was one of a 17-member convening team for an event that brought together U.S. United Methodists who oppose the Traditional Plan. Photo by David Burke, Great Plains Conference.

Planning new directions for the church

What united those at UMCNext was a desire for inclusion of LGBTQ Christians in all aspects of life in the church.
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The Revs. Anna Blaedel and Alex da Silva Souto officiate at a communion service concluding the Our Movement Forward conference. The event was geared toward starting a new Methodist movement centered on the voices of people of color and LGBTQ individuals. Photo by Heather Hahn, UM News.

Summit plans inclusive Methodist movement

Some 350 U.S. United Methodists gathered May 17-18 to discuss what a new Methodist expression centered on the marginalized might look like.
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After a Feb. 26, 2019, vote to strengthen church policies about homosexuality, delegate Ian Urriola from New York speaks to other delegates who, in protest, formed a large circle in the center of the plenary floor. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Church continues grappling with GC2019 vote

The decision of the 2019 General Conference is being met with both resistance and reinforcement.