Updated 3-23-2019

Feel free to browse this collection of links related to the time following General Conference 2019.

Recent Additions

A Statement from Your Mountain Sky Conference Cabinet” shared by Karen Oliveto via Facebook.  “In anticipation of God doing a new thing among us in the coming months and years, the appointive cabinet of the Mountain Sky Conference will continue to live into the vision of the One Church Plan…” (Added 3-23-2019)

LGBTQ United Methodist Leaders Gutted by Church’s Anti-Gay Decision” by James Michael Nichols via NBC. (Added 3-23-2019)

Living and Dreaming Together” by Bruce Ough via Uniting Methodists.  Pastoral letter to Minnesota United Methodists along with the “Minnesota Statement.”  An offer of a $1,000 grant to churches who want to repair the damaged reputation of the UMC.  (Added 3-22-2019)

A Church’s Lost Integrity” by Stephen Rankin.  The Chaplain at Southern Methodist University argues that the structure integrity of the United Methodist Church has been undermined. (Added 3-22-2019)

Journalists May Want to Ask: When Will the United Methodist Left Decide Enough is Enough?” by Terry Mattingly via GetReligion. (Added 3-22-2019)

Is There a Liberal Protestant Super Denomination in America’s Future?” via Get Religion Podcast. Will there be a liberal Protestant convergence following the breakup of the UMC? Includes mention of “Dele-Gate.” (Added 3-22-2019)

Doing the General Conference 2020 Math” by Tom Lambrecht. The math does not work for a revival of the OCP. (Added 3-22-2019)

Move to the Acceptance Stage” via Notes on a New Methodism. Progressives and Moderates must accept that the UMC as they have known it is dead. (Added 3-22-2019)

“On Recent United Methodist Judicial Council Action” by Lonnie Brooks via Facebook.  A lay leader from Alaska critiques recent Judicial Council decisions.  (Added 3-22-2019)

Where Do We Go from Here?” by Rob Renfroe via Good News.  (Added 3-22-2019)

We Queer Clergy Begged our Fellow Methodists to Love Us.  They Voted No.” by Hannah Adair Bonner via The Washington Post. “This chapter of begging people to love us is over.” (Added 3-22-2019)

Action of Non-Conformity with the General Conference of the United Methodist Church” by Upper New York Clergy.  A recommended petition to the upper New York AC. (Added 3-22-2019)

Updated List of #UMC Regional Responses to GC3019” by Jeremy Smith.  A helpful round-up of progressive defiance to the Book of Discipline. (Added 3-22-2019)

Responding to Reactions to the Special General Conference” by WCA.  Expresses a preference for trusted leaders to come together and agree upon an amicable plan of separation, as opposed to replaying the battle of GC2019.  (Added 3-22-2019)

Key African Leader Calls for Split in UMC” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC.  Leaked e-mail to Mark Holland from Jerry Kulah.  He did not include the message to which Dr. Kulah was responding.  (Added 3-22-2019)

Questions about Task Force Ricocheting Around Church” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS. (Added 3-21-2019)

Another Way Forward: Give Local Churches Power to Interview Potential Pastors” by Jason Micheli. (Added 3-21-2019)

How Visas Work in the UMC” by David Scott via UM & Global (Added 3-21-2019)

Sacred Witness WNC: An Open Letter from Pastors and Laity in the WNCC”  Calling church leaders and bishops to not implement the decisions made at General Conference 2019.  (Added 3-21-2019)

Statement from Iowa United Methodist Laity and Clergy to Bishop and Appointive Cabinet” Encourages the bishop to not enforce the Book of Discipline.  (Added 3-21-2019)

Flawed #UMC Arguments Against Changing LGBTQ Policies” by Philip Wogaman.  A former United Methodist clergy outlines rebuttals to select arguments used by Traditionalists. (Added 3-21-2019)

Note: A new section has been added below on the investigation of improper voting.

John Coperhaver: Why, and How, I am Staying in the United Methodist Church” via Richmond Times-Dispatch.  A progressive UMC clergy shares his strategy for staying in the UMC.  (Added 3-20-2019)

Resistance Deepens Amid Inquiries Over Voting Irregularities” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. A round-up of resistance to the BOD. (Added 3-20-2019)

It’s Not About Sexuality: The UMC is Incompatible with the Mission of the Local Church So Make Apportionments Voluntary” by Jason Micheli. (Added 3-30-2019)

Petition to the Great Plains Annual Conference: Disavowal of the Traditional Plan” by Jenny and John Collins. (Added 3-19-2019)

UPDATED: “Task Force to Investigate GC2019 Voting” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Two bishops say their sons were duly elected to General Conference. (Added 3-16-2019)

“General Conference 2019 Postmortem, Part Two”  by Riley Case via The Confessing Movement.  The author explores the divide between the delegates and the grass roots of our denomination. (Added 3-19-2019)

As We Make Our Way Back Home:  A Progress Report from the Western Jurisdiction” by the Mission Cabinet of the Western Jurisdiction. “…there may come a time when opposing sides determine in the Spirit of Christ, that they cannot remain together. God may call us… to create a new form of Methodism for the 21st Century and beyond.” (Added 3-19-2019)

Ensuring the Integrity of General Conference” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  (Added 3-19-2019)

New York/New Jersey Conferences Confer on GC2019” by Linda Bloom and Sam Hodges via UMNS.  (Added 3-19-2019)

General Conference 202: Deja va All Over Again?” by Bill Arnold.  (Added 3-19-2019)

Western Jurisdiction Responds to GC2019” by Jeremy Smith. Survey results and a statement about the future of the Western Jurisdiction. (Added 3-18-2019)

Advertisement from North Texas clergy in the Dallas Morning News.  Another full-page ad purchased by clergy defying General Conference: “You Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Your Sexual Orientation and Your Relationship with God or the church.”  (Added 3-18-2019)

To Those Who Are Contemplating Leaving the United Methodist Church” by Karen Oliveto (Added 3-18-2019)

Schism or Splinter?” by John Harnish via UM Insight.  (Added 3-18-2019)

New York Conference Post-GC2019 Event” featuring Bishop Bickerton.  Traditionalists who attended felt derided by their bishop’s comments.  (Added 3-18-2019)

A Letter to the Queer Clergy of the Northern Illinois Conference” by Bishop Sally Dyck and Cabinet.  (Added 3-18-2019)

2019 General Conference Legislation Under Review” by UMNS.  A handy chart for those trying to understand the GC2019 Legislation.  (Added 3-17-2019)

Mountains Are There to Be Climbed: The Next United Methodism” by William J. Abraham.  A significant essay calling traditional United Methodists to resolve. (Added 3-17-2019)

In the United Methodist Church’s Divide Over LGBTQ Issues, There is No Hatred, Only a Lamentable, and Temporary, Schism” by Ted Diadiun via The Cleveland Plain Dealer. (Added 3-17-2019)

Keep that Same Energy: African Methodists and the Whole Black Testimony” by Esau McCaulley. (Added 3-16-2019)

Task Force to Investigate GC2019 Voting” by Heather Hahn.  Two bishops say their sons were duly elected to General Conference. (Added 3-16-2019)

Proposals for the Future

Is There a Liberal Protestant Super Denomination in America’s Future?” via Get Religion Podcast. Will there be a liberal Protestant convergence following the breakup of the UMC? Includes mention of “Dele-Gate.” (Added 3-22-2019)

Where Do We Go from Here?” by Rob Renfroe via Good News.  (Added 3-22-2019)

Responding to Reactions to the Special General Conference” by WCA.  Expresses a preference for trusted leaders to come together and agree upon an amicable plan of separation, as opposed to replaying the battle of GC2019.  (Added 3-22-2019)

Another Way Forward: Give Local Churches Power to Interview Potential Pastors” by Jason Micheli. (Added 3-21-2019)

It’s Not About Sexuality: The UMC is Incompatible with the Mission of the Local Church So Make Apportionments Voluntary” by Jason Micheli. (Added 3-30-2019)

Mountains Are There to Be Climbed: The Next United Methodism” by William J. Abraham.  A significant essay calling traditional United Methodists to resolve. (Added 3-17-2019)

A United Methodist Communion?” by Chris Ritter.  GC2020 could replace the UM Church with a communion of related denominations.  (Added 3-14-2019)

Envisioning a Central Conference Plan for United Methodists” by Ted Campbell via Uniting Methodists.  (Added 3-14-2019)

President’s Reflections on UMC General Conference” by Kent Millard of United Theological Seminary.  Supports a two-church solution. (Added 3-2-2019)

“Dele-Gate”:  Improper Voting?

Is There a Liberal Protestant Super Denomination in America’s Future?” via Get Religion Podcast. Will there be a liberal Protestant convergence following the breakup of the UMC? Includes mention of “Dele-Gate.” (Added 3-22-2019)

Questions about Task Force Ricocheting Around Church” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS. (Added 3-21-2019)

How Visas Work in the UMC” by David Scott via UM & Global (Added 3-21-2019)

Resistance Deepens Amid Inquiries Over Voting Irregularities” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. A round-up of resistance to the BOD. (Added 3-20-2019)

An Open Book Process” by Uniting Methodists.  (Added 3-21-2019)

Ensuring the Integrity of General Conference” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  (Added 3-19-2019)

UPDATED: “Task Force to Investigate GC2019 Voting” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Two bishops say their sons were duly elected to General Conference. (Added 3-16-2019)

Credentialing Review to go to Commission on General Conference” by UMCOM. Report on credential irregularities at GC2019. See also New York Times coverage and this report from UMNS. (Added 3-14-2019)

GC2019:  What Actually Happened?

2019 General Conference Legislation Under Review” by UMNS.  A handy chart for those trying to understand the GC2019 Legislation.  (Added 3-17-2019)

Task Force to Investigate GC2019 Voting” by Heather Hahn (Added 5-16-2019)

Credentialing Review to go to Commission on General Conference” by UMCOM. Report on credential irregularities at GC2019. See also New York Times coverage and this report from UMNS. (Added 3-14-2019)

Overview of the Legislation Adopted by the Special General Conference” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  (Added 3-13-2019)

What the Methodists Really Said” by Chappell Temple. (Added 3-11-2019)

What REALLY Happened in St. Louis, Part 2” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. (Added 3-8-2019)

The ‘Splainer: What Happened at the United Methodist General Conference” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service. (Added 3-8-2019)

GC2019 Pension Considerations” by Wespath Benefits and Investments.  Post General Conference pension information from the source.  (Added 3-5-2019)

Daily Christian Advocate 2-27-2019 Includes the official transcript of the final day of General Conference 2019.  (Added 3-2-2019)”

Statement by Young United Methodists Against the One Church Plan” by Elizabeth Fink.  (Added 3-4-2019)

Cara Nicklas: A Lay Delegate Perspective on #GC2019” via People Need Jesus.  (Added 3-3-2019)

Rob Renfroe Update on the Outcome of GC2019” by Good News via YouTube.  (Added 3-3-2019)

Official Highlight video of GC2019.  (Added 3-2-2019)

GC2019 Passes the Traditional Plan” by UMNS.  (Added 3-2-2019)

#GC2019: Update 5” by Chris Ritter.  Includes a summary of the legislation passed at General Conference 2019.  (Added 3-2-2019)

What Really Happened in St. Louis (Part One)” by Tom Lambrecht via UMNS.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Annual Conference Season 2019

“Petition: Action of Non-Conformity with the General Conference of the United Methodist Church” by Upper New York Clergy.  A recommended petition to the upper New York AC. (Added 3-22-2019)

Petition to the Great Plains Annual Conference: Disavowal of the Traditional Plan” by Jenny and John Collins. (Added 3-19-2019)

GC2019: Post-Conference Statements

A Statement from Your Mountain Sky Conference Cabinet” shared by Karen Oliveto via Facebook.  “In anticipation of God doing a new thing among us in the coming months and years, the appointive cabinet of the Mountain Sky Conference will continue to live into the vision of the One Church Plan…” (Added 3-23-2019)

Living and Dreaming Together” by Bruce Ough via Uniting Methodists.  Pastoral letter to Minnesota United Methodists along with the “Minnesota Statement.”  An offer of a $1,000 grant to churches who want to repair the damaged reputation of the UMC.  (Added 3-22-2019)

Key African Leader Calls for Split in UMC” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC.  Leaked e-mail to Mark Holland from Jerry Kulah.  He did not include the message to which Dr. Kulah was responding.  (Added 3-22-2019)

Responding to Reactions to the Special General Conference” by WCA.  Expresses a preference for trusted leaders to come together and agree upon an amicable plan of separation, as opposed to replaying the battle of GC2019.  (Added 3-22-2019)

John Coperhaver: Why, and How, I am Staying in the United Methodist Church” via Richmond Times-Dispatch.  A progressive UMC clergy shares his strategy for staying in the UMC.  (Added 3-20-2019)

Petition to the Great Plains Annual Conference: Disavowal of the Traditional Plan” by Jenny and John Collins. (Added 3-19-2019)

As We Make Our Way Back Home:  A Progress Report from the Western Jurisdiction” by the Mission Cabinet of the Western Jurisdiction. “…there may come a time when opposing sides determine in the Spirit of Christ, that they cannot remain together. God may call us… to create a new form of Methodism for the 21st Century and beyond.” (Added 3-19-2019)

Ensuring the Integrity of General Conference” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  (Added 3-19-2019)

Western Jurisdiction Responds to GC2019” by Jeremy Smith. Survey results and a statement about the future of the Western Jurisdiction. (Added 3-18-2019)

Advertisement from North Texas clergy in the Dallas Morning News.  Another full-page ad purchased by clergy defying General Conference: “You Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Your Sexual Orientation and Your Relationship with God or the church.”  (Added 3-18-2019)

A Letter to the Queer Clergy of the Northern Illinois Conference” by Bishop Sally Dyck and Cabinet.  (Added 3-18-2019)

Episcopalians, Methodists Ponder Full-Communion Proposal After UMC Vote” by Mary Frances Schjonberg and David Paulsen.  (Added 3-15-2019)

Envisioning a Central Conference Plan for United Methodists” by Ted Campbell via Uniting Methodists.  (Added 3-14-2019)

#1Church4All” by Tom Berlin.  The pastor of Floris UMC reveals an inclusivity initiative following GC2019. (Added 3-13-2019)

A Response to Dr. Bruce Birch” by Kevin Smalls.  Why “Make Methodism American Again” might not be the best approach.  (Added 3-12-2019)

“Letter from the Executive Committee to the Congregations of the UMC in Germany” “We have reached the unanimous decision that stipulations of the Traditional Plan are not acceptable for our church in Germany.  (Added 3-10-2019)

Letter: Utah’s United Methodists Will No Turn Back Now” via the Salt Lake Tribune. (Added3-10-2019)

The Michigan Statement”  A letter to Bishop Bard from clergy who say they have no intention to live by the Book of Discipline when it comes to human sexuality issues surrounding LGBTQI persons.  (Added 3-9-2019)

After Special Session, Connectional Table Encourages Prayer, Recentering in Common Mission” via UMNS. See also related story. (Added 3-8-2019)

Post GC2019 Briefing at Floris UMC” by Tom Berlin.  The talking starts around minute six. (Added 3-8-2019)

Adam Hamilton: ‘I’d Rather Not Have a Divorce.'” by Chelsie Vicari via Juicy Ecumenism.  Analysis of Adam Hamilton’s address to his congregation. (Added 3-7-2019)

A Letter to My United Methodist Friends” by Steve Cordle.  “I doubt whether we will be on the same denomination some years from now.  And that is okay.  Really, it is.” (Added 3-7-2019)

“Bishop Coyner: What’s Next for Our United Methodist Church?” by Michael Coyner via Facebook.  (Added 3-5-2019)

Pastoral Letter” by Kenneth Carter, President of the Council of Bishops (Added 3-5-2019)

Worship Interrupted at Reynoldsburg UMC“. Rev. Laura Young was allowed inside the church from her parking lot protest with the promise she would not be disruptive.  No charges filed.  (3-3-2019)

Statement of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council on Next Steps”  (Added 3-2-2019)

A Way Backwards: Winning the Battle and Losing the Church” by Adam Hamilton.  The pastor of the UMC’s Largest Congregation expresses grave doubts about the future.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Church and Society Committed to Inclusion and Justice” by Susan Henry-Crowe via GCCS.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Glide Memorial Issues Declaration of Independence from The United Methodist Church” via San Francisco Chronicle.  (Added 3-2-2019)

President’s Reflections on UMC General Conference” by Kent Millard of United Theological Seminary.  “Our best efforts to keep the denomination together over the past forty years have not been successful.” (Added 3-2-2019)

“Stand Your Holy Ground” by Reconciling Ministries  (Added 3-2-2019)

A Message to Local UM Churches in Progressive Annual Conferences” by Bob Kaylor.  A WCA Council Member serving in the Mountain Sky Conference reflects on the recent WCA statement following GC2019.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Letter from Bruce Birch to Central Conference United Methodist Christians who voted against the One Church Plan.  (Added 3-2-2019)

GC2019: Analysis

A Church’s Lost Integrity” by Stephen Rankin.  The Chaplain at Southern Methodist University argues that the structure integrity of the United Methodist Church has been undermined. (Added 3-22-2019)

Journalists May Want to Ask: When Will the United Methodist Left Decide Enough is Enough?” by Terry Mattingly via GetReligion. (Added 3-22-2019)

Doing the General Conference 2020 Math” by Tom Lambrecht. The math does not work for a revival of the OCP. (Added 3-22-2019)

Move to the Acceptance Stage” via Notes on a New Methodism. Progressives and Moderates must accept that the UMC as they have known it is dead. (Added 3-22-2019)

“On Recent United Methodist Judicial Council Action” by Lonnie Brooks via Facebook.  A lay leader from Alaska critiques recent Judicial Council decisions.  (Added 3-22-2019)

Where Do We Go from Here?” by Rob Renfroe via Good News.  (Added 3-22-2019)

We Queer Clergy Begged our Fellow Methodists to Love Us.  They Voted No.” by Hannah Adair Bonner via The Washington Post. “This chapter of begging people to love us is over.” (Added 3-22-2019)

Updated List of #UMC Regional Responses to GC3019” by Jeremy Smith.  A helpful round-up of progressive defiance to the Book of Discipline. (Added 3-22-2019)

Resistance Deepens Amid Inquiries Over Voting Irregularities” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. A round-up of resistance to the BOD. (Added 3-20-2019)

“General Conference 2019 Postmortem, Part Two”  by Riley Case via The Confessing Movement (Added 3-19-2019)

New York/New Jersey Conferences Confer on GC2019” by Linda Bloom and Sam Hodges via UMNS.  (Added 3-19-2019)

General Conference 202: Deja va All Over Again?” by Bill Arnold.  (Added 3-19-2019)

Schism or Splinter?” by John Harnish via UM Insight.  (Added 3-18-2019)

New York Conference Post-GC2019 Event” featuring Bishop Bickerton.  Traditionalists who attended felt derided by their bishop’s comments.  (Added 3-18-2019)

Mountains Are There to Be Climbed: The Next United Methodism” by William J. Abraham.  A significant essay calling traditional United Methodists to resolve. (Added 3-17-2019)

In the United Methodist Church’s Divide Over LGBTQ Issues, There is No Hatred, Only a Lamentable, and Temporary, Schism” by Ted Diadiun via The Cleveland Plain Dealer. (Added 3-17-2019)

Keep that Same Energy: African Methodists and the Whole Black Testimony” by Esau McCaulley. (Added 3-16-2019)

What Has Been Lost in GC2019 Actions?” by Karen Oliveto.  (Added 3-15-2019)

The UMC in Denmark Considers ‘a Better Way Forward‘” by David Scott via UM & Global.  (Added 3-15-2019)

Two Questions from St. Louis” by Tom Lambrecht. Maybe God answered our prayers for a definitive resolution to the matter of human sexuality at GC2019.  (Added 3-15-2019)

I’m Not Giving Up on Love” by Marc LiVecche.  Our competing definitions of love.  (Added 3-15-2019)

Sexuality and the Church: What’s Next for the UMC?” a livestream event shared by UM-Forward. Four Self-described queer clergy discuss the state of things in the UMC from a panel at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. (Added 3-14-2019)

Some (Still) Trust in Chariots” by Karen Booth.  The Director of Transforming Congregations describes GC2019 as a miracle. (Added 3-14-2019)

Westlake: A Response to Adam Hamilton” by Jamie Westlake.  (Added 3-14-2019)

Korean Clergy Offer Diverse Perspectives on GC2019” by Thomas Kim via UMNS.  (Added 3-12-2019)

A Response to Adam Hamilton’s New United Methodism” by Chad Holtz. (Added 3-11-2019)

Now What?” by Chris Ritter.  Options for United Methodist futures.  (Added 3-11-2019)

GC Follow-up Discussion” by Bishop McIllily and the Delegation heads of the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences.  A Livestream event.  (Added 3-10-2019)

“‘IF’ The One Church Plan Had Passed GC2019” by Bob Phillips. (3-9-2019)

Reflections on General Conference” by Timothy Tennent. The President of Asbury Seminary weighs in. (Added 3-8-2018)

A New United Methodism?” by Adam Hamilton. Plans outlined for the future. (Added 3-8-2019)

“The United Methodist Church: A New Story” by Julius Trimble. (Added 3-8-2019)

Reflections on the Special General Conference” by Walter Fenton via WCA. (Added 3-8-2019)

An African Future for ‘America’s Church’” by Mark Tooley via The Wall Street Journal.  (Added 3-8-2019)

Is the UMC Brand Broken?” by Patrick Scriven via Pacific Northwest Conference.  (Added 3-8-2019)

The Way Forward is the Way Back” by Jason Micheli.  A report from Drew Colby.  Is the answer a reunification with the AME Church?

My General (Circus) Conference Report” by Jimmy Allen.  A traditionalist perspective on the goings on at GC2019.  (Added 3-8-2019)

General Conference 2019 Postmortem, Part 1” by Riley Case via The Confessing Movements.  (Added 3-7-2019)

Bishops Challenge Constitutionality of Disaffiliation Petition” by UMNS. (3-7-2019)

Reaction to GC2019 Remains Strong” by Sam Hodges and Kathy Gilbert via UMNS. (Added 3-6-2019)

Envisioning a Central Conference Plan for United Methodists” by Ted Campbell. (Added 3-6-2019)

General Conference Next Steps” by Adam Hamilton via Vimeo. (Added 3-5-2019)

“Methodists Fight for Biblical Sexuality, Conversation with Dr. Matt O’Reilly” (Podcast via Kuyperian Commentary) (Added 3-5-2019)

You Loved Me First #UMC” by Anonymous via Hacking Christianity.  (Added 3-5-2019)

Beginning to Look Ahead After GC2019” by UMNS.  The WCA is sticking around for now, and so are a number of church members who plan to defy church policies. (Added 3-4-2019)

A Few Reflections on the 2019 General Conference” by David Watson.  It is time to separate.  (Added 3-4-2019)

Statement by Young United Methodists Against the One Church Plan” by Elizabeth Fink.  (Added 3-4-2019)

A Short Message to UMC Pastors After General Conference” by Andy Adams.  Pastors, take care of yourselves. (Added 3-4-2019)

Transforming the World has Transformed the Church” by Matthew Sichel.  Will we rejoice or lament this beautifully diverse, global nature of our church?  (Added 3-4-2019)

The United Methodist Church’s Unfixable Rot Has Nothing to Do with Sex and Everything to Do with Polity” by Jason Micheli.  (Added 3-4-2019)

Four Lessons from St. Louis” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC. (Added 3-4-2019)

Surprises and Cautions from GC2019” by Bob Phillips.  (Added 3-3-2019)

“‘We Know What We Know’ About Methodism” by Erik Folkerth.  A Progressive offers analysis that the UMC General Conference will never approve LGBTQ full inclusion due to demographics. (Added 3-3-2019)

Love, Sex, and Healing: What’s Happening in the #GCUMC Is for All of Us” by Chad Holtz. (Added 3-3-2019)

In the Aftermath of the United Methodist Vote, there Are No Winners” by Jorge Acevedo.   A thoughtful defense of the traditional view. (Added 3-2-2019)

UMC GC 2019 Final Reflections: Existential Threats and a Pathway to Peace” by Wil Cantrell.  Our bishops gave us the choice between two existential threats instead of a true Way Forward like the CCP. (Added 3-2-2019)

Methodist Schism” by Dale Coulter via First Things.  “[Two coalitions] are already functionally distinct denominations.” (Added 3-2-2019)

GC2019 Maps Uncertain Way Forward” by Heather Hahn (Added 3-2-2019)

For Such a Time as Now! #UMC” by Joey Lopez via UM Insight.  “It is time to dream a new church” (Added 3-2-2019)

A Glimpse Behind the Curtain of GC2019” by David Livingstone.  Innuendo about why 88 votes promised to the OCP didn’t show up.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Unprophetable Reflections on #GC2019” by Denny Freeland.  How our episcopal leaders overplayed their hands.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Grieving, but Not Leaving the United Methodist Church” by James Howell via Religion News Service. (3-2-2019)

Examen: Our Dirty Floor (Part 1)” by Chris Ritter.  An analysis of poor treatment of African delegates from the floor of General Conference 2019.   See also Part Two. (Added (3-2-2019)

Understanding the Traditionalist Coalition, Part One” by The Daily Mustard Seed.  See also Part Two and Part Three (Added 3-2-2019)

New Global, Orthodox Identity for United Methodists Surprises Many” by Mark Tooley.  Why United Methodism changed course and did not go the way of liberal Mainline American denominations on sex.  (Added 3-2-2019)

The United Methodists Decision to Pass Traditional Plan” via Charisma News Podcast. An interview with Chappell Temple (Added 3-2-2019)

A Way Backwards: Winning the Battle and Losing the Church” by Adam Hamilton.  The pastor of the UMC’s Largest Congregation expresses grave doubts about the future.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Thoughts on General Conference” by Stephen Fife via Wesleyan Way.  (Added 3-2-2019)

The Methodist Mess in St. Louis” by Bishop Willimon via Christian Century.  Also, see this response from Scott Fritzsche (Added 3-2-2019)

Where Do We Go from Here?” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  (Added 3-2-2019)

It’s Official: We are the United Methodist Church that Hates Gays” by Christy Thomas (Added 3-2-2019)

#GC2019: Statements by Bishops

To Those Who Are Contemplating Leaving the United Methodist Church” by Karen Oliveto (Added 3-18-2019)

Bishop Mike McKee via Youtube.  (Added 3-8-2019)

A Message from Gary Mueller” via Arkansas Conference. The Connectional Conference Plan is the best hope for the UMC. (3-5-2019)

Bruce Ough of Minnesota/Dakotas  (video) “My Heart is Heavy” (Added 3-2-2019)

Thomas Bickerton of New York Annual Conference (Added 3-2-2019)

Bill McIllily of Nashville Episcopal Area (Added 3-2-2019)

Gregory Palmer of West Ohio.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Frank Beard of Illinois Great Rivers Conference (3-2-2019)

Scott Jones of Texas Conference (3-2-2019)

Bob Farr of Missouri Conference (3-2-2019)

Bishop Swanson of the Mississippi Conference (3-2-2019)

Sally Dyck of the Northern Illinois Conference (3-2-2019)

GC2019: Perspectives from Other Denominations

Church History Made Before Our Eyes: United Methodist Make History, Affirm Biblical Standards on Sexuality” by Al Mohler.  The President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary offers his perspective on the outcome of GC2019.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Statement as a full communion partner that has already approved SSM.  (Added 3-2-2019)

United Church of Christ “Know that we stand ready to serve all who are in need of healing and all who seek simply to know the power of the risen Christ fully articulated in the expression of a love that knows no bounds. (Added 3-2-2019)

Presbyterian Renewal Leader:  Don’t Grow Weary of Struggle Against Falsehood” by Sue Cyra via Juicy Ecumenism. (Added 3-2-2019)

GC2019: Selected Coverage from Outside the Church

LGBTQ United Methodist Leaders Gutted by Church’s Anti-Gay Decision” by James Michael Nichols via NBC. (Added 3-23-2019)

Liberal Methodism Bites Back” by Rod Dreher via The American Conservative.  (Added 3-7-2019)

Next Big Story: After Forty Year of War, Is United Methodist Establishment Ready to Bargain?” By Terry Mattingly via Get Religion. (Added 3-7-2019)

Emotion-filled Sermons at United Methodist Follow Divisive LGBTQ Vote” by Sheila Poole and Jennifer Brett via Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Reports from St. Mark’s in Atlanta (with Bishop Sue Halpert-Johnson) and Mt. Bethel with pastor Jody Ray.  (Added 3-4-2019)

United Methodist Church Keeps Ban on Same-Sex Weddings, LGBTQ Clergy” by On Point via NPR.  The audio should be available soon on this interview which included Karen Oliveto and Tom Lambrecht. (Added 3-4-2019)

Commentary: Methodists Could Learn Something from Southern Baptist Historic Conservative Takeover” by Jonathan Merritt via the Washington Post.  See also “Why the UMC is not the SBC” by David Scott.  (Added 3-4-2019)

The Fragility of Liberal United Methodists” by Jeff Hood via Patheos.   Unlike Richard Allen and Absolom Jones, LGBTQI advocates seem to lack the courage to leave.  (Added 3-4-2019)

This is How Tradition Prevailed at the UMC Conference” by Megan Briggs via Churchleaders.com. (Added 3-3-2019)

Next Big News Story: After Forty Years of Way, is United Methodist Establishment Ready to Bargain?” by Terry Mattingly via Get Religion. (Added 3-3-2019)

Question As Reports Look Ahead: How May United Methodists Are there?  Are all Created Equal?” by Get Religion Podcast. (Added 3-3-2019)

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” by Dennis Sanders.  A gay pastor invites centrists and progressives to check their privilege.  (Added 3-3-2019)

Methodism’s Global Reach Has Changed the Denomination” by Morgan Lee.  A Christianity Today Podcast. (Added 3-2-2019)

United Methodists Vote to Keep Traditional Marriage Stance” by Jeremy Steele via Christianity Today.  (Added 3-2-2019)

United Methodist Face Fractured Future” by NPR.  (Added 3-2-2019)

United Methodists Officially Approve Traditional Plan, Keep Ban on Gay Clergy, Same-Sex Marriage” by Emily McFarlan Miller (RNS) via Charisma News.  (Added 3-2-2019)

United Methodist Pastors Head back the Pulpit After Emotional Confernece in St. Louis” by Jesse Bogan via St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (Added 3-2-2019)

United Methodists Tighten Ban on Same-Sex Marriage and Gay Clergy” by Timothy Williams and Elizabeth Dias via New York Times (Added 3-2-2019)

Conservative Christians Just Retook the United Methodist Church” by Emma Green via The Atlantic.  (Added 3-2-2019)

Methodists Reject Plan to Open Door to Gay Marriage” by Ian Lovett via the Wall Street Journal. (Added 3-2-2019)

How Faithful Africans Saved the United Methodist Church from Accepting Gay ‘Marriage’” by Johnathon Van Maren via LifeSiteNews. (Added 3-2-2019)

UMC Conservatives Praise ‘Traditional Plan’ Passage; ‘White Nationalist” Liberals Claim” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post.  (Added 3-2-2019)

As LGBT Push Fails, Methodists Reaffirm Marriage, Sexual Teachings” by Kevin Jones via Catholic News Agency.   “Since 2011 the Arcus Foundation has given $1.9 million in various grants to the group Reconciling Ministries Network for LGBT advocacy within the UMC.” (Added 3-2-2019)

Opinion: I am a Gay Methodist Minister.  The Church Just Turned Its Back on Me” by Will Ed Green via The Washington Post. (Added 3-2-2019)

United Methodists Should Acknowledge that They are No Longer United” by Jacob Lupfer via Red Letter Christians.  “The differences are irreconcilable and there is no third way.”  (Added 3-2-2019)

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