Council of Bishops

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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.
Human Sexuality
Screen image of the UM Sexual Ethics site, courtesy of GCSRW.

Learning how to 'Do No Harm'

San Antonio conference will guide United Methodists on support, healing related to complaints of sexual misconduct.
Attendees at the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago join in the "Praying Our Way Forward" closing worship service. The council deliberated on its final proposals to next year’s special General Conference that will address decades of division over how the church should minister with LGBTQ individuals. From left are: Jolynn Lowry, Bishop J. Michael Lowry, the Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Hee-Soo Jung. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops propose plan for Way Forward

Bishops are recommending a plan allowing more freedom around LGBTQ ordination and marriage, but submitting three plans to General Conference.

Perspectives on Schaefer case, same-sex debate, in United Methodist Church

The debate around same-gender weddings and human sexuality has heated up in The United Methodist Church after recent events including the defrocking of a pastor for performing the wedding of his gay son. Here is some of the debate.

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