Commission on a way forward

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The opening day of the special session of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.  An investigation into voting irregularities at the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly is underway. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

GC2019 voting credentials under review

After an in-depth review, it’s possible “a very limited number” of ineligible people obtained credentials to vote.
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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Ask The UMC: What Happened at General Conference?

Amid growing concerns for the denomination’s future, the 2016 General Conference authorized the formation of a commission to deal with church teachings on homosexuality and find ways to help the church stay together. The Commission on a Way Forward submitted proposals that were considered by the delegates at the 2019 special called General Conference.
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The Rules Committee of the Commission on General Conference discusses plans for one legislative committee at the 2019 special session. From left are Stephanie Henry, chair of the Rules Committee; commission members Audun Westad and Stanislas Kassongo, and translator Isabelle Berger. The commission met Oct. Oct. 3-5 at Epworth by the Sea in St. Simons, Ga. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Plan approved for GC2019 decision-making

The Commission on General Conference has decided on a process to help delegates do the legislative work together.
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The Rev. Brian Atkins (second from right) speaks about the plans on offer from the Commission on Way Forward during the For Everyone Born gathering in St. Louis. Fellow commission members (from left) Dave Nuckols, Matt Berryman and Scott Johnson (furthest right) spoke about their work. Randall Miller (center) moderated the conversation. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

LGBTQ advocates conflicted on way forward

A number of United Methodists who support LGBTQ equality see real progress in the One Church Plan. Still others see it as perpetuating discrimination.

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