A friend’s departure from the UMC as a result of GC2019 leaves Cynthia B. Astle wondering how many more United Methodists are “done” with the church, and if they’ll ever return.
More congregations, clergy and individuals are publicly rejecting the Traditional Plan and vowing support for LGBTQIA people.
The first weekend after General Conference 2019 was drenched in rainbow colors and voices of dissent and resistance to the adoption of the Traditional Plan.
While progressive United Methodists wait for a phoenix to rise from the ashes of St. Louis, jubilant traditionalists seem unaware of their own mortal wounds.
Plans that went awry en route to St. Louis reveal a disturbing truth about this General Conference: United Methodists are kept away from decision-makers by accident of venue, or by leadership’s design.
The Judicial Council has agreed to the Council of Bishops’ request to review the constitutionality of a portion of Maxie Dunnam’s petition presenting the Modified Traditional Plan and Lonnie Brooks’ petition eliminating “just resolution.”
What will happen to legacies of the Rev. Bruce Weaver and layman Philip Susag – and countless others like them – if the church they both loved and served breaks apart in St. Louis?
Louisiana clergywomen’s “Strands of Unity” display of pearls as prayer goes viral across the United Methodist connection.
Cynthia B. Astle has decided not to bring to St. Louis thoughts and emotions that will keep her from seeing God working at the special General Conference.
The coming 2019 General Conference will start with a day of prayer, but its focus ought to be on dispelling the mistrust that pervades The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle.