Update on Commission on a Way Forward

Sep 1, 2016 by

Overwhelming response delays appointments Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee says that an overwhelming number of nominations for the Commission on a Way Forward has delayed the appointment of Commission members. More time is needed for all nominees to be given adequate consideration. Following their July meeting, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee asked all current residential and retired bishops to nominate up to five persons by August 15. At that time, they expected to name the Commission members by August 31, with a target of October for an initial meeting. read...

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Top court will take up Oliveto election in spring

Aug 26, 2016 by

By Linda Bloom Aug. 22, 2016 | NEW YORK (UMNS) A petition requesting a declaratory decision on the election of a lesbian bishop will be considered by the United Methodist Judicial Council next spring.The petition from the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction will be part of the council’s Spring 2017 meeting docket, its executive committee decided last week while meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, for...

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New Group aims to boost evangelical voice

Aug 11, 2016 by

New group aims to boost evangelical voice Share via EmailPrint By Heather Hahn Aug. 10, 2016 | UMNS A new evangelical United Methodist group is taking shape just as the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate appears to be reaching a turning point. Some United Methodists are anxious about the group. Even before its first gathering set for Oct. 7 in Chicago, the new Wesleyan Covenant Association faced suspicions that it is trying to force a church divide and form a new denomination. However, that is not the association’s intent, organizers maintain. read...

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Message From Africa

Aug 10, 2016 by

Dr. Jerry P. Kulah, I Central Conference Coordinator Liberia Annual Conference Email: ekkimba187@yahoo.com 5th August 2016 A MESSAGE TO GLOBAL UMC FROM UMC AFRICA INITIATIVE Over the past weeks we have been following the events and activities of the five jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church with mixed emotions and serious concerns about the future of our beloved church. We have read of actions taken by some in gross disobedience to the Bible and our Book of Discipline, and of others who have written to express their disagreements. We are deeply concerned. However, we are praying for God’s intervention as we discern God’s plans for the future of our church. read...

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The Commission on a Way Forward

Jul 26, 2016 by

The Council of Bishops Executive Committee’s July 19-20 meeting in Chicago devoted much of its agenda to finalizing plans for launching the Commission on a Way Forward. The full Council had previously referred the design and implementation of the Commission to the Executive Committee. We began by acknowledging the profound dissonance between what the Council had proposed to the General Conference in May and the reality within the church in July. The landscape has changed dramatically. The reported declarations of non-compliance from several annual conferences, the intention to convene a Wesleyan Covenant Association and the election of the Rev. Karen Oliveto as a bishop of the church have opened deep wounds and fissures within The United Methodist Church and fanned fears of schism. read...

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The Confessing Movement

Jul 19, 2016 by

Has Called on the Council of Bishops to Act Immediately Regarding the State of the Church. We will provide updates as they become...

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