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Members of the Michigan Conference vote on legislation in June 2019. The same conference has been called to a special session on March 7 to consider whether legislation for the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation will be presented to the 2020 General Conference in May. File photo by Jonathan Trites, Michigan Conference Communications.

Conferences to vote on forwarding protocol legislation

Sierra Leone, Michigan conferences will soon decide whether to put separation plan for The United Methodist Church on the agenda at the 2020 General Conference.
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A group appointed to help The United Methodist Church in Germany deal with differences over homosexuality has proposed deleting passages about ordination of LGBTQ clergy and blessing of same-sex marriages from the Book of Discipline during a meeting in Fulda, Germany. Photo by Klaus U. Ruof, Communication UMC Germany.

German church proposes way to preserve connection

German church proposes deleting all Book of Discipline passages about ordination of LGBTQ clergy and blessing of same-sex marriages, while creating an association for those who hold to current bans.
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Kim Simpson, chair, Commission on General Conference, and Janice Griffith, Illinois Great Rivers, join hands in prayer during opening worship at the 2020 United Methodist Pre-General Conference held in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Foretaste of what’s on the table at GC2020

United Methodists got a preview of proposals heading to General Conference, including different plans aimed at ending the fight over LGBTQ inclusion.
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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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