Central Conferences

Social Concerns
UMCNext, a coalition that includes Reconciling Ministries Network, Uniting Methodists and Mainstream UMC, has offered a plan that would end The United Methodist Church's restrictions against same-sex weddings and LGBTQ ordination and offer a gracious exit to local churches that disagree with those changes.

UMCNext plan would end LGBTQ restrictions

Coalition of centrists and progressives favors removing restrictions on LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings, allowing exit plan for churches that disagree.
General Church
Bishop John Yambasu speaks during the opening session of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. Yambasu, leader of the Sierra Leone Conference, called a July meeting on behalf of United Methodists outside the U.S. to explore possible separation over the church’s policies regarding LGBTQ persons. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Church leaders look at options for future of denomination

Central conference bishops call meeting with centrists, progressives and conservatives to find a way forward for denomination.
Mission and Ministry
The United Methodist Women Association of Cameroon has donated food and household items to internally displaced people, mostly women and children, who are living in the bushes in the southwest region of the country. Photo by Collette Ndobe, UM News.

Cameroon women assist internally displaced people

As violence forces women and children to seek refuge in the bush, and the United Methodist Women Association Cameroon is reaching out to help internally displaced people.
Annual Conferences
The California-Nevada Conference Cabinet issued a statement rejecting disaffiliation or withholding of apportionments in response to the Traditional Plan passed by the 2019 General Conference. Photo of the California-Nevada Conference United Methodist Center in Sacramento, Calif., courtesy of the conference.

California-Nevada says no to withholding funds, disaffiliation

The cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference says no to disaffiliation and withholding apportionments.

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