Supporters of the Simple Plan acknowledge the legislation faces long odds at the special General Conference next month. Nonetheless, they hope the proposal will help shape the UMC’s way forward.
Most United Methodist general agencies are facing substantial budget cuts starting in 2021. That means agency leaders are now making hard choices about what ministries to curtail or drop altogether.
Some LGBTQ+ leaders in the church say the recent Council of Bishops’ letter to their global community has disappointed them, yet others see it as a note of hope.
United Methodist bishops can’t vote at General Conference, but nothing prevents them from offering information on legislation that they believe will benefit the worldwide UMC.
The congregation of CityWell United Methodist Church in Durham, North Carolina, still is working to support Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an unauthorized immigrant deported to Mexico, as well as his wife and son, who remain in the United States.
Despite requests to reconsider the sharp reductions, the General Council on Finance and Administration went ahead with an 18 percent cut in agency budgets.
The Council of Bishops unanimously adopted a statement pledging to be “a prayerful, hopeful, and pastoral presence” without manipulating proceedings as they preside over the 2019 General Conference.
United Methodists and Episcopalians are on the verge of completing a full communion agreement that has been years in the making.
The full Council of Bishops has committed itself to dismantling racism across the church, especially in the United States, after African-American bishops decried the politics of hatred taking place in America.
In the midst of turbulent times, Bishop Kenneth Carter encouraged the Council of Bishops to try to view The United Methodist Church’s future “through the lens that Scripture gives us.”