The 2019 confirmation class of First UMC in Omaha, Nebraska refused to take United Methodist membership vows because of the 2019 General Conference’s action to tighten LGBTQ bans.
Facing the “significant ambiguity” between what is and what will be lies a reassuring gospel truth: God’s love is infinite, as Jesus taught, and those who practice it form Christ’s church, writes Cynthia B. Astle.
Mark Tooley predicts UMC “radicals” will be “losers” if the church splits; First UMC in Fort Collins, Colo., creates resource booklet for Mountain Sky Conference.
Plus managing the media glut on LGBTQ inclusion in the UMC and the latest media mentions.
Two more prominent UMCs vote to hold same-sex wedding; Greater Northwest, Nordic & Baltic areas leaders look to future.
Public support for full LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church comes from Susquehanna clergy and laity and California-Pacific board of ordained ministry, plus suggestions for keeping on from Mainstream UMC.
Her Lenten reflections have led Cynthia B. Astle to develop a clearer understanding of what following Jesus Christ means today.
Potential university disaffiliations and redirecting general church funding mark the latest reactions to the Traditional Plan’s adoption.
Support for The Traditional Plan is absent from most reports regarding talks about the UMC’s future.
While public actions have slowed a bit, pushback against the Traditional Plan is still occurring across U.S. United Methodism.