Leaders in different parts of The United Methodist Church differ over what impact this year’s delegate elections will have in overturning the Traditional Plan or splitting the denomination.
Churches that want to leave the United Methodist denomination face large payouts for clergy pensions and other church-wide financial obligations, reports Heather Hahn.
Our Movement Forward emphasized the voices of LGBTQ persons and people of color, drawing many participants who are ready to create a new form of Methodism
Chastened by the results of the 2019 General Conference, the Council of Bishops pledges to list more to the church and sets up a team to visit and hear ideas for the UMC’s future.
Traditionalist groups requested a meeting with the bishops, which took place in private after previously being announced as a public gathering.
Council of Bishops’ President Ken Carter of Florida urged his sister and brother bishops “to welcome unconditionally, walk together and worship constantly” in the face of schism threat.
The Judicial Council’s rulings on the Traditional Plan have various United Methodist groups talking seriously about leaving the denomination.
United Methodist leaders are pressing ahead with an effort to create a new decision-making body for U.S. matters — despite concerns that it will become another battlefront in the homosexuality debate.
After nearly a week of talks, the two agencies responsible for setting United Methodism’s worldwide budget have come to a painful agreement on the smallest financial plan in more than 20 years.
In one of the few open conversations about United Methodism’s future, members of the UMC’s program coordinating agency ponder options for the denomination.