Proponents of the Simple Plan say that the three Way Forward models are all deficient in some by promoting some form on ongoing discrimination against LGBTQ people.
The churchwide giving for ministries beyond the local church known as apportionments will be drastically reduced starting in 2021.
On the question of how the United States should treat newcomers, annual conferences proclaimed a common message: Keep families together, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service.
LGBTQ United Methodists and their allies worshiped and strategized for the 2019 General Conference at a three-day gathering, “For Everyone Born,” in St. Louis, Mo.
In a closed-door meeting organized by a lay delegate from Northern Illinois, 55 General Conference delegates met in Nashville not to discuss legislation, but to “build relationships,” according to the organizer.
General Conference organizers have found a way to avoid requiring controversial fees of $200 per person and still cover the costs of The United Methodist Church’s top policymaking assembly.
The request asks the Judicial Council, United Methodism’s “high court,” to determine the constitutionality of the three models contained in the Way Forward final report.
The effect of a recent Judicial Council decision, combined with saving money on translation into three languages besides English, has delayed publication of the final report of the Commission on A Way Forward, now slated for July 30.
Responding to an adverse Judicial Council ruling and scholarly criticism of its attempts to “legislate” the Commission on A Way Forward report, the Council of Bishops has amended the call for the 2019 General Conference.
Some U.S. annual conferences have endorsed the One Church Plan for United Methodist unity, while others have refused to take up formal consideration of the model.