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Judicial Council
The Judicial Council’s Decision 1444 released May 10 rules that U.S. annual conference cannot separate from The United Methodist Church under current church law. The decision and other recent rulings by The United Methodist Church’s top court are affecting the current annual conference season. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Recent rulings shape annual conference season

As U.S. annual conference season gets underway, the regional church bodies are dealing with decisions by The United Methodist Church’s top court about disaffiliations.
Social Concerns
Kendra Weddle. Photo courtesy of the author.

Let’s love our neighbors

Growing up in a traditionalist church but now on staff at a reconciling congregation, Kendra Weddle feels there is room at the table for everyone.
General Church
The Revs. Carolyn Moore and Keith Boyette pray for the Rev. Jay Therrell (center) at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s May 7 gathering in Avon, Ind. The day before, the WCA’s Global Legislative Assembly elected Therrell as the new WCA president. He’ll succeed Boyette, who will be top executive of the new Global Methodist Church. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Traditionalist group not going away

The Wesleyan Covenant Association took the lead in creating the new Global Methodist Church, but WCA leaders say their organization needs to keep fighting for churches wanting to leave The United Methodist Church.
General Church
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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