Commission on a way forward

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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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People wait in a security screening line to enter the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. There will be no registration fees for the 2019 special General Conference. But visitors will be asked to pay $7-10 for badges required by venue security. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

GC2019 no longer needs registration fees

General Conference planners have reversed the call for $200 registration fees after finding other ways to cover costs of the special session.
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Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council pose for a group photo. The United Methodist Council of Bishops has asked the denomination’s top court to rule on the constitutionality of the legislation submitted by the Commission on Way Forward. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Bishops seek court ruling on Way Forward plans

The Council of Bishops is asking whether the legislation passes muster under the denomination’s constitution.

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