The Rev. Lea Matthews sees her ordination as a deacon in the New York Annual Conference fraught with “complexity and complications,” writes Jim Patterson of United Methodist News Service.
Annual conferences throughout worldwide United Methodism will consider resolutions on sexuality, environmental stewardship and the future of the denomination.
Leaders of most United Methodist seminaries in the U.S. that train clergy for the denomination are stressing their inclusive policies after the special General Conference affirmed the church’s LGBTQ bans.
United Methodists in the midwestern United States are helping their fellow townspeople cope with the effects of widespread flooding.
Former United Methodists who are LGBTQ and the parent of a gay son tell what caused them finally to leave the UMC.
Former United Methodists who are LGBTQ say they’ve been so hurt by the church’s policies regarding people of sexual minorities that they can’t stay any longer.
Proponents of the Traditional and Modified Traditional Plans say the versions are intended to assure accountability to United Methodist discipline and Christian doctrine.
The Connectional Conferences plan would require the most structural changes of any of the Way Forward proposals.
Supporters of the One Church option, which is backed by the Council of Bishops, say they think it offers the best alternative for keeping the UMC together.
Supporters of A Simple Plan say it’s the only one that follows one of The United Methodist Church’s General Rules: “Do no harm.”