The new pre-General Conference orientation session for Central Conference delegates is a highly laudable addition, but it may be too late to counteract similar past efforts by traditionalist forces, writes Cynthia B. Astle
Commentators around the UMC are looking into the various plans for the denomination’s future, while the Western Jurisdiction means business about its “Safe Harbor” project.
Union College in Barbourville, Ky., follows up last year’s opposition to the UMC’s anti-LGBTQ+ policies by becoming the first college to join Reconciling Ministries Network.
Desert Southwest Conference plans information sessions; a layman ponders the effects of church trials.
While the highest levels of the church struggle, local congregations enjoy vitality and spread the virtues of community and service.
LGBTQ-friendly congregations continue to resist UMC’s tightened policies against homosexuality and look toward a denominational split.
Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle found this year’s “futuring” program at the Church of the Resurrection’s Leadership Institute proved that true reform for the UMC is unlikely to come from those invested in the existing institution.
Activities around the UMC’s future around the question of LGBTQ+ inclusion ebbed this week, but they’ll come back soon.
United Methodist Insight joins other news outlet in expanding coverage of the global climate crisis that threatens all of God’s creation on planet Earth.
Two high-profile proposals for the United Methodist Church’s future – including separation into different denominations – were presented at the annual Leadership Institute held by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.