Delegate calls Conference not to do harm

Fred Brewington (New York, USA, lay) called on delegates to the General Conference “not to cause pain, not to do harm” by the decisions them make about human sexuality.  “We must now take it to heart that there is a claim by our brothers and sisters who are gay and lesbian and transgender that there is pain that they suffer…when we stand and refer to our brothers and sisters as being unholy we do harm…I pray that we come to our senses so that we don’t have to stand and say forgive me for causing you pain…”

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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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The Rev. Joe Kim, Bothell United Methodist Church, Washington, presents his table’s concept for a visioning team to take ideas from the summit and make a report to the 2020 Western Jurisdiction. Photo by Charmaine Robledo.

Gathering dreams of inclusive future

Members of the Fresh United Methodism Summit worked through hundreds of ideas in effort to dream of a new form of Methodism for Western Jurisdiction.
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Eight bishops sign statement calling for “vibrant and missionally effective Wesleyan movement.” Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Group of bishops calling for ‘deeper conversations’

Eight active and retired United Methodist bishops released a statement calling for the church to be open to new expressions of Methodist witness.