Updated 4-24-2019

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

Recent Additions

Conference Urges Apportionment Support” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  The Desert Southwest Conference, unlike some of its neighbors, is encouraging churches not to withhold apportionments.  (Added 4-24-2019)

Will the Future of the UMC Look Like CIEMAL?” by David Scott via UM & Global.  Does The Council of Methodist Churches of Latin America and the Caribbean offer a model fo the future of the UMC?  (Added 4-24-2019)

What Happened to Old School Journalism?  Reporters Keep Slanting United Methodist Coverage” by Terry Mattingly via Get Religion.  (Added 4-24-2019)

Judicial Council Update” by Bishop James Swanson.  The bishop of Mississippi releases a brief video prior to the release of the Judicial Council ruling. The Traditional Plan, he asserts, is not an omnibus plan and individual petitions being struck down does not strike down all.   (Added 4-24-2019)

Why United Methodists Are Watching for Results of a Denominational Court Meeting” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service.  (Added 4-24-2019)

Bishops Call for Prayers for Judicial Council as it Meets This Week” by Kenneth Carter.  (Added 4-23-2019)

Recommended Readings: Nordic & Baltic UMC Forms a Roundtable on Way Forward” by David Scott via UM & Global.  (Added 4-23-2019)

Angry Metro Clergy Await Homosexuality Decision from The United Methodist Church:  Judicial Council Meeting Scheduled for April 23-26” by Bill Tammeus via Flatland (Kansas City Public Television Magazine).  Tex Sample is quoted in this coverage of the UMC.  (Added 4-23-2019)

Was General Conference’s Adoption of the Traditional Plan Really that ‘Narrow’?” by John Lomperis.  (Added 4-23-2019)

It’s Time for a Commission on a Way Sideways” by Alex Joyner. “This vehicle of the UMC doesn’t seem capable of delivering us to the destination we anticipated. And if it isn’t, then what’s our purpose now?” (Added 4-23-2019)

Leftists Now Using Extortion as a Tool in the Continuing Hostile Takeover of the UMC” by Mike Ford via RedState.  (Added 4-23-2019)

United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup Over LGBT Policies” via AP.   San Francisco ABC affiliate shares and update on the UMC Fallout.  (Added 4-23-2019)

Same-Sex Marriage, Ordination, and the United Methodist Church (Part Two)” via Center for Pastor Theologians.  A second installment of an interview with Matt O’Reilly.  (Added 4-22-2019)

WCA Regional Leaders Communication by Keith Boyette.  An update to WCA Leaders shared via the East Ohio Chapter which provides context for recent comments made by Adam Hamilton.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Do Two-thirds of American United Methodists Really Support Redefining Marriage?” by John Lomperis. Refuting statistical claims made by Mark Holland.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Top Court Meets in the Aftermath of GC2019” by Linda Bloom via UMNS.  A preview of the April 23-26 Judicial Council session.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Bishops Discuss Outcomes of GC2019 with Black Caucus” by John Coleman via UMNS.  Report from the April 2019 meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.  (Added 4-17-2019)

Centrists, Progressives to Discuss Church’s Future” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  A report on the upcoming meeting hosted by Adam Hamilton on the future of the UMC.  (Added 4-17-2019)

What’s Next for the United Methodist Church?” by Adam Hamilton.  A summary of discussions in Dallas and Atlanta among 70 centrist/progressive leaders.  (Added 4-17-2019)

Our Globalist Fantasy” by Robert Hunt. The Director of Global Theological Education at Perkins argues that both UM traditionalists and progressives have an insufficient theological foundation to undergird our claims of being a global church.  (Added 4-16-2019)

How Will Denominational Divide Affect Mission?” by Linda Bloom via UMNS. A report from the April 12 board meeting of GBGM. (Added 4-15-2019)

Same-sex Marriage, Ordination, and the United Methodist Church” by Matt O’Reilly. (Added 4-15-2019)

Ending the Cycle of Conflict in the United Methodist Church” by Greg Stover. (Added 4-14-2019)

Conference Offers Guidance on Apportionment Alternatives” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  Coverage of the Cal-Pac bishop encouraging non-payment of apportionments.  (Added 4-12-2019)

Options for the Future” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC.  (Added 4-12-2019)

Will the #UMC Take the Bait or Seize the Moment?” by Jeremy Smith.  “The Traditional Plan’s purpose was to set the pH balance of the Methodist pool to such a level that it was harmful and hurtful to progressives and LGBTQ-inclusive evangelicals that they would leave.” (Added 4-12-2019)

The Glue that Binds us Together” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  True Connectionalism happens at all levels, is grounded in doctrine, and is evidenced by accountable leadership.  Shallow institutionalism runs contrary to these hallmarks.  (Added 4-12-2019)

Outcome of General Conference Bittersweet” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  A round-up of reactions to GC2019.  (Added 4-11-2019)

Information on Apportionment Giving” by Grant Higiya.  The bishop of the Cal-Pac Conference recommends that churches redirect appointments away from the World Service and General Administration funds.  (Added 4-11-2019)

Methodists’ LGBTQ Decision May Lead University to Break Affiliation” by Emma Selmon.   Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio mulls breaking its historic affiliation with the UMC.  (4-11-2019)

Ordination in a Fractured Church” by Allen Stanton via Ministry Matters.  A candidate for elder’s ordination reflects on the realities of the present moment in the UMC.  (Added 4-10-2019)

General Conference is Broken; Annual Conferences are Not” by Lovette Weems.  A proposal to move key decision-making away from General Conference.  (Added 4-10-2019)

Stay or Go?” by Thomas Bandy via Ministry Matters.  This six-part series explores the future of The United Methodist Church.  (Added 4-10-2019)

An Open Letter Response to James Howell” by Tom Lambrecht.  A response to a video by James Howell in which Howell claims the Traditional Plan punishes those even sympathetic with homosexuals.  (Added 4-10-2019)

Perfect Storm Expression #3: The Slow Fade of Casual Christianity in North America and the Economic Reset of United Methodism” by Paul Lawler.  “[UM] bureaucracy is
not designed to equip and support the church for effectiveness in reaching a post-Christian culture.” (Added 4-10-2019)

April 2019 Judicial Council Ruling

Judicial Council Update” by Bishop James Swanson.  The bishop of Mississippi releases a brief video prior to the release of the Judicial Council ruling. The Traditional Plan, he asserts, is not an omnibus plan and individual petitions being struck down does not strike down all.   (Added 4-24-2019)

Why United Methodists Are Watching for Results of a Denominational Court Meeting” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service.  (Added 4-24-2019)

Bishops Call for Prayers for Judicial Council as it Meets This Week” by Kenneth Carter.  (Added 4-23-2019)

April 2019 Judicial Council Docket (Added 4-23-2019)

Top Court Meets in the Aftermath of GC2019” by Linda Bloom via UMNS.  A preview of the April 23-26 Judicial Council session.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Angry Metro Clergy Await Homosexuality Decision from The United Methodist Church:  Judicial Council Meeting Scheduled for April 23-26” by Bill Tammeus via Flatland (Kansas City Public Television Magazine).  Tex Sample is quoted in this coverage of the UMC.  (Added 4-23-2019)

Taking about the Future: Calls for Structural Separation

Ending the Cycle of Conflict in the United Methodist Church” by Greg Stover. (Added 4-14-2019)

Perfect Storm Expression #2: The Inevitable Mitosis of United Methodism into New, Multiple Expressions” by Paul Lawler.  (Added 4-4-2019)

Only a Trademark?” by Darren Cushman Woods. “A new Methodism will carry the best of United Methodism with it while leaving the worst of it behind.” (Added 4-2-2019)

Plan for Separation Gains Adherents” by Walter Fenton via WCA.  A round-up of those calling for denominational separation. (Added 4-2-2019)

A Message from Dr. Howell” via Facebook. “A beautiful new church is about to blossom and bloom.”  James Howell from Western North Carolina issues a call for separation amidst a harsh characterization of the Traditional Plan. (Added 3-29-2019)

U.S. Methodist Leaders Lay Plans to Resist Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage” by Julie Zauzmer via The Washington Post.  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, leader of the largest conference in the U.S., believes it is time for the UMC to divide. (Added 3-29-2019)

Humpty Dumpty Can’t Be Put Back Together Again” by O. Wesley Allen, Jr.  A strong argument for division of the UMC by a homiletics professor at Perkins.  (Added 3-28-2019)

“Bishop Webb’s Remarks on GC2019 to the Upper New York Conference” by Mark Webb.  The UMC is not united in doctrine, discipline, and perhaps not united in mission.  There is a different between Christian unity and denominational unity.  We need a new conversation. (Added 3-26-2019)

A Hopeful Way Forward for Progressive United Methodists” by Jack Jackson. It is time for a new Progressive Methodist denomination. (Added 3-25-2019)

African Leader Challenges Liberal United Methodists” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism. (Added 3-25-2019)

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

General Conference 2020: Deja va All Over Again?” by Bill Arnold.  (Added 3-19-2019)

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)

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)

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

Talking about the Future: Other

Conference Urges Apportionment Support” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  The Desert Southwest Conference, unlike some of its neighbors, is encouraging churches not to withhold apportionments.  (Added 4-24-2019)

Will the Future of the UMC Look Like CIEMAL?” by David Scott via UM & Global.  Does The Council of Methodist Churches of Latin America and the Caribbean offer a model fo the future of the UMC?  (Added 4-24-2019)

Recommended Readings: Nordic & Baltic UMC Forms a Roundtable on Way Forward” by David Scott via UM & Global.  (Added 4-23-2019)

WCA Regional Leaders Communication by Keith Boyette.  An update to WCA Leaders shared via the East Ohio Chapter which provides context for recent comments made by Adam Hamilton.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Bishops Discuss Outcomes of GC2019 with Black Caucus” by John Coleman via UMNS.  Report from the April 2019 meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.  (Added 4-17-2019)

Centrists, Progressives to Discuss Church’s Future” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  A report on the upcoming meeting hosted by Adam Hamilton on the future of the UMC.  (Added 4-17-2019)

What’s Next for the United Methodist Church?” by Adam Hamilton.  A summary of discussions in Dallas and Atlanta among 70 centrist/progressive leaders.  (Added 4-17-2019)

Options for the Future” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC.  (Added 4-12-2019)

The Glue that Binds us Together” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  True Connectionalism happens at all levels, is grounded in doctrine, and is evidenced by accountable leadership.  Shallow institutionalism runs contrary to these hallmarks.  (Added 4-12-2019)

Will the #UMC Take the Bait or Seize the Moment?” by Jeremy Smith.  “The Traditional Plan’s purpose was to set the pH balance of the Methodist pool to such a level that it was harmful and hurtful to progressives and LGBTQ-inclusive evangelicals that they would leave.” (Added 4-12-2019)

Information on Apportionment Giving” by Grant Higiya.  The bishop of the Cal-Pac Conference recommends that churches redirect appointments away from the World Service and General Administration funds.  (Added 4-11-2019)

General Conference is Broken; Annual Conferences are Not” by Lovette Weems.  A proposal to move key decision-making away from General Conference.  (Added 4-10-2019)

Stay or Go?” by Thomas Bandy via Ministry Matters.  This six-part series explores the future of The United Methodist Church.  (Added 4-10-2019)

Leaders Gather to Discuss What’s Next for The United Methodist Church”  This is the official press release from “UMC Next Conversations” convened in Dallas and Atlanta by Rev. Adam Hamilton, Bishop Mike McKee, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, Rev. Tom Berlin, Rev. Junius Dotson, and Rev. Jasmine Smothers. (Added 4-9-2019)

The Chick-Fil-A Challenge: Marriage, Hate, and Hold the Mayo” by Bob Phillips.  Moderate United Methodists will do well to observe the targeting of FCA and the Salvation Army by non-compatibilist progressives.  (Added 4-8-2019)

Remain: What Does the #UMC Stand to Lose in a Split?” by Rebecca Holland via Hacking Christianity.  Clergy entitlements may be lost in a UMC split.  (Added 4-8-2019)

The Progressive Non-negotiable” by Darren Cushman Woods.  In a New Methodism, Progressives will tolerate the presence of individual hold-outs, but they will not tolerate the presence of standards limiting marriage to a man and a woman.  (Added 4-6-2019)

“Joe Kilpatrick: Don’t Give Up on UMC Reform” by Joe Kilpatrick.  Long-time lay leader and friend of African United Methodism argues against a quick negotiated separations by U.S. Traditionalists.  (Added 4-3-2019)

For the Sake of the Church: A Statement in the Aftermath of the Special Session” by Christian Alsted and the Connectional Table.  See also the related UMNS article. (Added 4-3-2019)

Five Reasons to Consider a U.S. Church” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC.  On making Methodism American again.  (Added 4-3-2019)

The Future of Methodism” via Plain Truth Podcast. A live broadcast from the 2019 Spirit and Truth Conference featuring David Watson, Scott Kisker, and Maggie Ulmer from United Theological Seminary in Dayton.  (Added 4-2-2019)

By the Numbers: How the Resistance can Remain in the #UMC” by Jeremy Smith. Destroy the village in order to save it:  “While advocates for LGBTQ inclusion do not appear likely to have a voting majority again, our greatest point of leverage is the disruption and devastation that would be caused by an open and widespread revolt in The United Methodist Church.” (Added 4-2-2019)

Pray that We Will Be Kind” by Carolyn Moore.  The Vice President of the WCA Global Council expresses her hope for mutual kindness in the midst of whatever is ahead. (Added 4-2-2019)

U.S. Church Leaders Meeting Behind Closed Doors on What’s Next for the UMC” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  (Added 4-2-2019)

Denomination’s Future Under Discussion — Quietly” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. (Added 4-1-2019)

“Scott Brewer meeting Great Plains” The treasurer of the Great Plains conference is holding meetings about a Proposal allowing churches to buy their properties from the conference.  (Added 4-1-2019)

An Update on the Denomination” by Adam Hamilton. Plans to gather 500 UM leaders at COR on May 20-22. (Added 3-29-2019)

Great News for GC2020…IF” by Bob Phillips.  Encouragement and caution for General Conference 2020.  (Added 3-25-2019)

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)

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)

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)

“Dele-Gate”:  Improper Voting?

The UMC Needs an Independent Investigation of Alleged Voting Fraud” by Stephen Drachler.  (Added 3-25-2019)

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)

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?

The Faith Found in Africa” by Jerry Kulah via Good News Magazine.  (Added 4-4-2019)

Miracle on the Mississippi” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News Magazine.  A round-up of actions taken by GC2019. (Added 4-3-2019)

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)

April 2019 Judicial Council Ruling

Why United Methodists Are Watching for Results of a Denominational Court Meeting” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service.  (Added 4-24-2019)

Bishops Call for Prayers for Judicial Council as it Meets This Week” by Kenneth Carter.  (Added 4-23-2019)

April 2019 Judicial Council Docket (Added 4-23-2019)

Top Court Meets in the Aftermath of GC2019” by Linda Bloom via UMNS.  A preview of the April 23-26 Judicial Council session.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Angry Metro Clergy Await Homosexuality Decision from The United Methodist Church:  Judicial Council Meeting Scheduled for April 23-26” by Bill Tammeus via Flatland (Kansas City Public Television Magazine).  Tex Sample is quoted in this coverage of the UMC.  (Added 4-23-2019)

Annual Conference Season 2019

Nordic #UMC Opposes Traditional Plan, Seeks to Avoid Punitive Methodism” by Jeremy Smith. (Added 3-25-2019)

“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

Conference Offers Guidance on Apportionment Alternatives” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  Coverage of the Cal-Pac bishop encouraging non-payment of apportionments.  (Added 4-12-2019)

Outcome of General Conference Bittersweet” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  A round-up of reactions to GC2019.  (Added 4-11-2019)

Global Church Wrestles with Post-GC2019 Pain” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  (Added 4-8-2019)

Resistance Statements Continue in Steady Flow” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  A round-up of resistance statements.  (Added 4-5-2019)

Seminary Leaders Stress Inclusiveness After GC2019” by Jim Patterson via UMNS. A round up of reactions from various seminaries. (Added 3-28-2019)

Denmark Delegates Propose Resistance, Possible Withdrawal” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  An updated round-up of resistance to UM Discipline.  (Added 3-28-2019)

Mt Horeb Church Withholds Apportionments and Seeks to Leave UMC” A Greater New Jersey congregation informs their bishop of their actions in response to GC2019.  (Added 3-27-2019)

Sacred Witness NC: A Call of Action for a Fully Inclusive United Methodist Church” North Carolina clergy and laity hope for a group of 500 to deliver this petition to the office of Bishop Hope Morgan Ward on March 28.  (Added 3-26-2019)

Sacred Resistance and a Call of Action” by Wisconsin UM’s to bishop and cabinet.  (Added 3-26-2019)

Statement in Response to General Conference 2019 from the People of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church” Another letter encouraging a UMC conference not to follow the UMC Discipline.  (Added 3-26-2019)

The Desert Southwest Declaration” by select clergy. Another clergy letter vowing defiance to the Discipline. (Added 3-25-2019).

Why I Cannot Support the Traditional Plan” by William Boyd Grove.  A retired bishop weighs in.  (Added 3-25-2019)

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

Was General Conference’s Adoption of the Traditional Plan Really that ‘Narrow’?” by John Lomperis.  (Added 4-23-2019)

It’s Time for a Commission on a Way Sideways” by Alex Joyner. “This vehicle of the UMC doesn’t seem capable of delivering us to the destination we anticipated. And if it isn’t, then what’s our purpose now?” (Added 4-23-2019)

Do Two-thirds of American United Methodists Really Support Redefining Marriage?” by John Lomperis. Refuting statistical claims made by Mark Holland.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Same-Sex Marriage, Ordination, and the United Methodist Church (Part Two)” via Center for Pastor Theologians.  A second installment of an interview with Matt O’Reilly.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Top Court Meets in the Aftermath of GC2019” by Linda Bloom via UMNS.  A preview of the April 23-26 Judicial Council session.  (Added 4-22-2019)

Bishops Discuss Outcomes of GC2019 with Black Caucus” by John Coleman via UMNS.  Report from the April 2019 meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal.  (Added 4-17-2019)

Our Globalist Fantasy” by Robert Hunt. The Director of Global Theological Education at Perkins argues that both UM traditionalists and progressives have an insufficient theological foundation to undergird our claims of being a global church.  (Added 4-16-2019)

How Will Denominational Divide Affect Mission?” by Linda Bloom via UMNS. A report from the April 12 board meeting of GBGM. (Added 4-15-2019)

Same-sex Marriage, Ordination, and the United Methodist Church” by Matt O’Reilly. (Added 4-15-2019)

Outcome of General Conference Bittersweet” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  A round-up of reactions to GC2019.  (Added 4-11-2019)

Methodists’ LGBTQ Decision May Lead University to Break Affiliation” by Emma Selmon.   Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio mulls breaking its historic affiliation with the UMC.  (4-11-2019)

Ordination in a Fractured Church” by Allen Stanton via Ministry Matters.  A candidate for elder’s ordination reflects on the realities of the present moment in the UMC.  (Added 4-10-2019)

An Open Letter Response to James Howell” by Tom Lambrecht.  A response to a video by James Howell in which Howell claims the Traditional Plan punishes those even sympathetic with homosexuals.  (Added 4-10-2019)

Perfect Storm Expression #3: The Slow Fade of Casual Christianity in North America and the Economic Reset of United Methodism” by Paul Lawler.  “[UM] bureaucracy is
not designed to equip and support the church for effectiveness in reaching a post-Christian culture.” (Added 4-10-2019)

Proposed Budget Curts Add to UM Church’s Challenges” by Walter Fenton via WCA.  A round-up of financial challenges facing the UMC post-GC2019.  (Added 4-9-2019)

In Response to Keith Boyette” by Tracy Merrick. “It is not enough to simply welcome LGBTQIA+ people to worship services! The expectation is that LGBTQIA+ people will be affirmed and fully integrated as equal participants in the life of the church!” (Added 4-8-2019)

Rise of the Incompatibilists” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News Magazine.  Documents the collapse of the compatibilist project.  (Added 4-5-2019)

Is General Conference too Important? The Heartlands Interview with Ashley Boggan Dreff Continues” by Alex Joyner.  The author of Entangled: A History of American Methodism, Politics, and Sexuality is interviewed. (Added 4-5-2019)

LGBTQ+ Persons are Welcome in the United Methodist Church” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  (Added 4-5-2019)

The United Methodist Church and the Perfect Storm, Part One” by Paul Lawler.  The Pastor of Christ Church UMC offers the first in a seven-part series on the present situation.  (Added 4-2-2019)

“A Centrist Disappointed in #UMC Centrist Leadership ” by “Ted Boynton” (Added 4-1-2019)

The Burden Is On Us to Leave” by Darren Cushman Wood. “The political reality necessitates progressives leaving the denomination.” (Added 3-28-2019)

Another View of UMC Integrity” by Cynthia Astle.  A response to a recent post by Stephen Rankin. (Added 3-28-2019)

What Counts as ‘Traditional‘” by Ian Straker via UM-Forward. (Added 3-27-2019)

What Killed the United Methodist Church?” by Wade Compton. (Added 3-27-2019)

Prayer Led to Decision for Traditional Plan, Supporters Say” by Annette Spence via Holston Conference.  (Added 3-27-2019)

Resistance to GC2019 Spreads” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  A round-up of defiant reactions to the discernment of General Conference 2019.  (Added 3-26-2019)

No Apologies for the Traditional Plan” by Walter Fenton.  “Had the One Church Plan passed, no one doubts that that elusive ‘vast majority’ of U.S. bishops would now be singing the General Conference’s praises and lecturing rank and file United Methodists on the importance of doing its will.” (Added 3-26-2019)

Nordic #UMC Opposes Traditional Plan, Seeks to Avoid Punitive Methodism” by Jeremy Smith. (Added 3-25-2019)

The UMC Was Never Designed to Be a ‘Worldwide Denomination’” by Thomas Griffith via UM Insight. (Added 3-25-2019)

African Leader Challenges Liberal United Methodists” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism. (Added 3-25-2019)

Connections: What’s next for U.S. Methodist churches that oppose the Traditional Plan?” by Evan Dawson and Megan Mack. Interview with Stephen Cady from Asbury UMC in Rochester, New York. (Added 3-25-2019)

Commentary: What’s Next for Our United Methodist Church?” by Mike Coyner via UMNS.  (Added 3-15-2019)

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)

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)

Commentary: What’s Next for Our United Methodist Church?” by Mike Coyner via UMNS.  (Added 3-15-2019)

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

U.S. Methodist Leaders Lay Plans to Resist Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage” by Julie Zauzmer via The Washington Post.  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson believes it is time for the UMC to divide. (Added 3-29-2019)

“Bishop Webb’s Remarks on GC2019 to the Upper New York Conference” by Mark Webb.  The UMC is not united in doctrine, discipline, and perhaps not united in mission.  There is a difference between Christian unity and denominational unity.  We need a new conversation. (Added 3-26-2019)

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

What Happened to Old School Journalism?  Reporters Keep Slanting United Methodist Coverage” by Terry Mattingly via Get Religion.  (Added 4-24-2019)

Leftists Now Using Extortion as a Tool in the Continuing Hostile Takeover of the UMC” by Mike Ford via RedState.  (Added 4-23-2019)

United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup Over LGBT Policies” via AP.   San Francisco ABC affiliate shares and update on the UMC Fallout.  (Added 4-23-2019)

U.S. Methodists Plot Ways to Resist LGBT Rules” by Yonat Shimron via Religion News Service.  (Added 4-5-2019)

Washington Post Channels Devastated United Methodist left.  Who Need to Talk to the Right?” by Terry Mattingly via Get Religion.  An analysis of media coverage following GC2019.  (Added 4-2-2019)

Methodists Waiting for April Ruling on LGBQT Policy” by Winston Skinner via the Newnan Times-Herald.  A Georgia newspaper article with quotes from North Georgia leaders.  (Added 3-28-2019)

Is Schism Inevitable for The United Methodist Church?” by Shannon Craig Straw via Religion and Politics. (Added 3-27-2019)

United Methodists, LGBTQ Exclusion, and Diversity Progressives” by Eboo Patel via Inside Higher Ed.  It would have been so much easier if the principal opponents of LGBTQ inclusion in the Methodist church were all rich, white, male, arrogant vulgarians. (Added 3-26-2019)

Conservative United Methodists Gearing Up for Church Court Battle Over ‘Traditional Plan” by Michael Gryboski via The Christian Post.  (Added 3-26-2019)

NBC Wins Gold Medal Prize for Most Over-the-Top, Biased Report (So Far) on United Methodists” by Terry Mattingly via GetReligion (Added 3-25-2019)

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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