Witness after the decision

Following the decision of the General Conference not to modify paragraph 161.F of the Book of Discipline, which relates to matters of Human Sexuality, supporters of a more inclusive church gathered around the table in the center of the plenary floor. Candles were burning. Crackers symbolizing Communion elements were on the worship table. In song and word the several hundred witnesses called for a more open church.

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Members of the Michigan Conference vote on legislation in June 2019. The same conference has been called to a special session on March 7 to consider whether legislation for the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation will be presented to the 2020 General Conference in May. File photo by Jonathan Trites, Michigan Conference Communications.

Conferences to vote on forwarding protocol legislation

Sierra Leone, Michigan conferences will soon decide whether to put separation plan for The United Methodist Church on the agenda at the 2020 General Conference.
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Bishop Warner H. Brown preaches at the opening worship for the United Methodist 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Ask The UMC: How are General Conference delegates chosen?

Every four years, delegates gather from all over the world to make decisions on behalf of the denomination. Learn more about these members of the church's highest legislative body.
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A group appointed to help The United Methodist Church in Germany deal with differences over homosexuality has proposed deleting passages about ordination of LGBTQ clergy and blessing of same-sex marriages from the Book of Discipline during a meeting in Fulda, Germany. Photo by Klaus U. Ruof, Communication UMC Germany.

German church proposes way to preserve connection

German church proposes deleting all Book of Discipline passages about ordination of LGBTQ clergy and blessing of same-sex marriages, while creating an association for those who hold to current bans.