Social Issues

General Church
United Methodist Bishops Tracy S. Malone (left) LaTrelle Easterling (center) and Gregory V. Palmer take part in a panel discussion on major structural changes being proposed to General Conference and the views of black United Methodist leaders during the Black Methodists for Church Renewal meeting in Kansas City, Mo. Photo by John W. Coleman.

BMCR focuses on separation plans, leadership views

The African American caucus of The United Methodist Church endorsed the protocol plan for amicable separation of the denomination.
Evangelism
The Rev. Oscar Nyasha Mukahanana, Harare East District superintendent, distributes Holy Communion to children and others at Maximum Salvation United Methodist Church in Manresa, Zimbabwe. The church, near Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, serves inmates, officers and their families. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Zimbabwe area plants church for prisoners, officers

Maximum Salvation United Methodist Church offers spiritual support and counseling to inmates, prison officers and their families.
General Church
The Rev. Chris Ritter gives the keynote talk at a Jan. 25 gathering of traditionalist United Methodists, held in Trussville, Ala. Discussion focused on the prospect of a new denomination for traditionalists and on details of a “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.” Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Traditionalists’ event draws big crowd

A meeting near Birmingham, Alabama, explores the possibility of a denomination separating from The United Methodist Church.
General Church
On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders offered the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” proposal to preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing for a new traditionalist-minded denomination. UM News reports on the process the group took to arrive at its plan. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Protocol process painful but fruitful

Participants in mediation talk about how agreement was found among markedly different perspectives for the future of The United Methodist Church.

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