West Ohio Annual Conference

General Church
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer urges fellow bishops to support asking General Conference to approve full communion with the Episcopal Church. Palmer, who leads the West Ohio Conference, is co-chair of the United Methodist-Episcopal dialogue committee. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops move toward Episcopal Church accord

Bishops are asking the 2020 General Conference to approve a full-communion agreement with The Episcopal Church.
General Church
Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Court voids 2016 rule for bishops outside U.S.

Among decisions by United Methodist Judicial Council during a February session is voiding an action by General Conference 2016.
Local Church
Three crosses stand above the cemetery at Israel United Methodist Church near Montrose, W.Va., in 2015. Leaders of rural churches have expressed concerns about the impact that decisions made at the special General Conferences could have on rural and small congregations. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Rural group lists concerns on plans before GC2019

United Methodist Rural Advocates is not endorsing a plan but sent a letter of caution to General Conference delegates.
General Conference
The 2019 special session of the General Conference will be held in The Dome, part of the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. A theologically diverse group of clergy and laity urges General Conference delegates to pass a gracious exit plan for churches. Photo by Dan Donovan, courtesy of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. All rights reserved.

Letter urges GC2019 to prioritize exit plan

The open letter, put together by a theologically diverse group in West Ohio, is drawing signatures from across the United States.

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