General Conference 2019

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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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The definition of abeyance as listed on dictionary.com. While the proposed “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” is not a done deal, negotiators are asking for a pause in certain church closings and complaints in the meantime. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Negotiators urge hold on trials, closures

Part of the new proposal for the denomination’s separation calls for a pause in closing churches and processing complaints related to LGBTQ restrictions.
Social Concerns
Some 575 people fill First United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Ark., for a Resist Harm worship service. The service was part of a nationwide effort to show support for LGBTQ Christians and counter the denomination’s Traditional Plan, which went into effect Jan. 1. Photo courtesy of Resist Harm.

Resistance to Traditional Plan accelerates

An organized effort to show solidarity with LGBTQ Christians and oppose church restrictions on LGBTQ inclusion is in full swing across the U.S.

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