General Conference 2019

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A new theologically conservative denomination, the Global Methodist Church, is launching on May 1. What does that mean for United Methodists? Original church by Adam Morse, courtesy of Unsplash; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

What happens when a new denomination launches?

The Global Methodist Church, a theologically conservative breakaway denomination, has set May 1 as its official start date. However, it will take time for any potential separations from The United Methodist Church to take place.
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Delegates pray during the 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis. United Methodists are awaiting word on whether the twice-postponed 2020 General Conference can go forward as scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 6 in Minneapolis. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Editorial: Make the call on General Conference

The church needs a decision now about whether General Conference will meet this year, and event organizers need continued prayers and support in their difficult work.
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Attendees and guests of the Reconciling Ministries Network convocation pray together at the altar at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. LGBTQ United Methodists and their allies expressed hope that a proposal to separate the denomination might pave the way to end what they see as discrimination. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

LGBTQ advocates see hope for church future

United Methodists at the Reconciling Ministries Network convocation expect a proposed denominational separation will reduce harm to LGBTQ members and their allies.
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Zach Holder (center), with members of the Way Forward team, speaks during a special session of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference in October 2019. The United Methodist Judicial Council will review five rulings of law related to that session, which resulted in an overwhelming vote to let churches decide how to include and affirm LGBTQ people while still giving congregations the right to agree to disagree. Photo by Corbin Payne.

Top court sets pre-General Conference docket

The 14-item docket for the United Methodist Judicial Council spring meeting includes review of five rulings from a conference working to find its own “way forward” and the continuation of a request related to improper voting.

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