Incompatibility language “doesn’t serve us well”

Adam Hamilton suggests that incompatibility language in the life of the church “doesn’t serve us well.” He thinks that inclusiveness in the church is viewed differently by different generations. “This is the issue for many young adults…if we’re not careful our failure to recognize the difference of opinion in the church is eventually going to leave many in the next generation looking for another church somewhere else.”


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Racism
The Rev. David Maldonado. Video image courtesy of IMU Latina (Iglesia Metodista Unida Latina) via YouTube by UM News.

Church must hear Hispanic/Latino voices

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General Church
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Estimating financial impact of church exits

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Social Concerns
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Planning for a more inclusive church

A United Methodist conference focused on church efforts to dismantle racism, welcome LGBTQ people and cross international boundaries.