Updated 8-22-2019

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Recent Additions

Confirmed: Voter Fraud at General Conference” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC. Charges of a conservative conspiracy. (Added 8-22-2019)

The Indianapolis Plan: ‘Ay, There’s the Rub’” by John Stephens. Thoughts on the sorting mechanisms flowing from the Indy Plan. (Added 8-21-2019)

‘Yo la tengo!’ and the Indianapolis Plan” by Darren Cushman Wood. A narrative about the genesis of the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-21-2019)

Our Church and the Denomination” by The Gathering (Matt Miofsky, Pastor). “We will not remain connected to a denomination that prohibits ministry with LGBTQ people past next May.” (Added 8-21-2019)

Defining Centrism in the UMC” by Stephen Fife via Wesleyan Way. Real centrists advocate for both sides. (Added 8-20-2019)

United Methodist Men Promise to Continue their Ministries Regardless of General Church Actions” by GCUMM. “The General Commission on United Methodist Men is committed to expanding its ministry to men and youth within all Wesleyan communions, regardless of the outcome of the 2020 General Conference.” (Added 8-20-2019)

A Response to Bishop Alsted’s Article on Emergent Methodism” by Andreas Kjernald. A Norwegian pastor responds to Bishop Alsted. Holiness includes human sexuality. (Added 8-20-2019)

Fijians Split from United Methodist Church Over Same-Sex Marriage” by Maika Bolatiki via Fiji Sun. Changes to the Fijian churches in California. (Added 8-20-2019)

A United Methodist Group Proposes a Denominational Breakup” by Yonat Shimron via Religion News Service. Outside reporting on the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-20-2019)

Methodism Needs a No-Fault Divorce” by Morgan Guyton. “The most bitter divorce I’ve ever known about was a couple who continued to live under the same roof for more than a dozen awful years… because neither person wanted the other one to have the house.” (Added 8-20-2019)

Bishop Richard Wilke: A Plea to The United Methodist Church” via Ministry Matters. A video from a retired bishop examines the biblical passages related to homosexuality. (Added 8-20-2019)

Annual Conferences, Statistics, and ‘Winner Take All’” by Chappell Temple via Good News. The annual conference elections do not tell the whole story. (Added 8-20-2019)

The Indianapolis Plan: All Things New… or Some Things?” by John Stephens. A member of the Indy Team describes what the UMC is not dissolved. (Added 8-19-2019)

The Indianapolis Plan: Opening Paragraphs” by John Stephens. A centrist on the Indy Group analyses the opening paragraphs of the Indianapolis Plan Draft. (Added 8-19-2019)

Diverse Group of United Methodists Explore Separation” by UMC Council of Bishops. Report from a high-level Virginia meeting that may include the addition of a non-UM mediator. (Added 8-19-2019)

GC2020: UMCNext’s Proposal – PlaneGrace’s Analysis” by Frank Holbrook. “A hostile takeover of the UMC.” (Added 8-19-2019)

Bishops, Agency Respond to GC2019 Probe” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. The COB and GCFA get involved with questions about GC2019. (Added 8-19-2019)

UMCNex Plan Would End LGBTQ Restrictionst” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. Coverage of the UMCNext Plan for GC2020. (Added 8-19-2019)

Four Words, Three Rules, Two Standards, One Grace” by Bill Lawrence via UM Insight. A presentation to the recent scholar’s forum for LGBTQ Inclusion in the UMC. (Added 8-19-2019)

Council of Bishops Agrees to Ask Judicial Council to Review Special Session Voting” by Press Release. The COB responds to a request by the Commission on General Conference to invite Judicial Council review. (Added 8-18-2019)

Connectional Table Launches ‘Emerging,” an online anthology on our Church” via Press Release. A collection of resources “discussing what may be taking shape in the life of our connection as a result of the outcome of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.” (Added 8-18-2019)

The Iron Curtain is Back” by Hilde Marie Movafagh. A video presentation on the effect of GC2019 in Europe. (Added 8-18-2019)

Abundance of Future Plans Share Variations upon a Theme” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. A round-up of recently released plans for the UMC. (Added 8-18-2019)

GC2020- The UMCNext Proposal, Chasing the Red Dot and Bishop Alsted” by Frank Holbrook. A review of UMCNext’s newly released plan. (Added 8-18-2019)

A Reply to Hacking Christianity’s Criticism of the Indianapolis Plan” by Darren Cushman Wood. One progressive invites another to stop playing politics. (Added 8-18-2019)

The UMCNext Proposal” by UMCNext.com. A plan for GC2020 is introduced, which includes the Local Option with an Exit Provision. (Added 8-18-2019)

Cutting Through the Spin on the Indianapolis Plan” by Jeremy Smith. Are progressive and centrist leaders working on the Indy Plan merely the Jr. Varsity squad being bamboozled by WCA? (Added 8-18-2019)

GC2020: The Indianapolis Plan vs. the Bard-Jones Plan” by Frank Holbrook. Continued analysis of the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-16-2019)

Europeans Give More to Central Conferences than the WCA” by David Scott via UM & Global. A skewed post by a usually fair source… Scott compares the total giving of three European mission agencies to a single mission fund sponsored by WCA. (Added 8-16-2019)

Commentary: Commission on General Conference Added to Confusion” by Bill Lawrence via UMNS. Former Judicial Council members critical of recent actions by Commission on General Conference. (Added 8-16-2019)

Iowa Clergyperson to Face Trial” by Arthur McClanahan via UMNS. Report on the upcoming trial of Anna Blaedel in Iowa. (Added 8-16-2019)

The Indianapolis Plan: My Experience” by John Stephens. One of the members of the Indy Team brings the first in a series of posts on the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-16-2019)

Introducing the Indianapolis Plan” by Darren Cushman Wood. A convener of the Indianapolis Group, a progressive, describes the plan. (Added 8-15-2019)

Indianapolis Plan Offers Practical Option” by M. William “Bill” Dunklau via UM Insight. A Progressive offers a positive review of the Indy Plan. (Added 8-15-2019)

Anna Blaedel’s Case Will Go to Trial” by Cynthia Astle. A round-up of recent news from UM Insight. (Added 8-15-2019)

Indianapolis Plan Has a Fundamental Flaw” by Sky McCracken. A reaction against splitting the UMC into two primary expressions. (Added 8-15-2019)

GC2020: The Indianapolis Plan” by Frank Holbrook. A positive, initial review of the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-15-2019)

GC2020: Waiting on Tables” by Frank Holbrook. Cooler heads, and those with administrative gifts, are needed at GC2020. (Added 8-15-2019)

Plans for 2020 General Conference Near Completion” by Press Release via UMNS. A report on the August 2019 meeting of the Commission on General Conference. Disaffiliation legislation will be given to The Conferences Legislative Committee. (Added 8-15-2019)

Centrists, Progressives, and Traditionalists Work Toward a Fair Plan of Separation” by Keith Boyette via WCA. Information and perspectives on the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-14-2019)

Anna’s Reflection on Her Referral to Trial” by Anna Blaedel. A reflection on receiving the news that the complaint against the author has been referred for trial. (added 8-14-2019)

Methodism is in the Details: Moving from Breadth back to Depth” by Kevin Watson. Methodism is a theological tradition built on a specific and detailed account of the Christian life. (Added 8-14-2019)

Group Drafts Separation Plan for Denomination” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. Report of the Indianapolis Plan to multiply the UMC into two new expressions. (Added 8-14-2019)

GC2020: The Plain Grace Plan” by Frank Holbrook. A General Conference delegate offers a proposal for forming new Methodist expressions. (Added 8-12-2019)

Disaffiliation Legislation Likely Invalid” by Keith Boyette via WCA. The President of WCA (a former Judicial Council Member) discussed the implication of the recent actions of the Commission on General Conference. (Added 8-12-2019)

2019 Update: Lack of Membership Audits Question General Conference Delegates” by Jeremy Smith. United Methodist membership statistics questioned as they relate to General Conference delegations. (Added 8-12-2019)

General Conference Commission Takes Action After Task Force Review” by Press Release. Summary of actions taken in response to reports of improper seating of four delegates. (Added 8-10-2019)

Improper Voting at GC2020 Voids Key Vote” by Heather Hahn. The Commission on General Conference decided that four people voting improperly may have affected the approval of the Taylor Disaffiliation Plan and are setting that aside. (Added 8-10-2019)

A U.S. Only Church?” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. Response to the recent polling data released by Mainstream UMC. (Added 8-10-2019)

The Exilic Community” by UM-Forward. A survey collecting information on Progressives who want to disaffiliate from the UMC. (Added 8-9-2019)

Update on Rev. Anna Blaedel’s Hearing” by UM-Forward. Report on the Iowa Conference hearing related to complaints against one of their clergy members who declared herself to be a self-avowed, practicing homosexual on the floor of annual conference. (Added 8-9-2019)

GC2020: Thoughts on Gracious Exit and Gracious Affiliation” by Frank Holbrook. Language matters as we create new expressions. (Added 8-9-2019)

GC2020: More on the Common Core” by Frank Holbrook. A GC delegate from the Memphis Conference continues his thoughtful exploration into the formation of new Methodist expressions with this post on what the various expressions would hold in common. (Added 8-8-2019)

A Reason for Separation?” by Brandon Fulmer. A South Carolina clergy outlines some theological reasons why separation of the UMC is necessary. (Added 8-8-2019)

Iowa Conference Committee on Investigation Meeting Tomorrow” by Iowa UMC. Publicizing an investigative hearing and the name of the complainant are unusual and controversial steps as they potentially raise a protest crowd and intimidate people from filing complaints against clergy. (Added 8-8-2019)

Survey Results 4 of 4: Concerns About a Split” by Mark Holland. The final post revealing survey results conducted by Mainstream UMC. The UMC name and logo were unimportant to all. (Added 8-8-2019)

Seminary Professors are Ideological Adversaries, Unlikely Friends” by Mary Jacobs via UMNS. Suzanne Scholtz and Billy Abraham are featured here as faculty at SMU. (Added 8-7-2019)

American Money and the Future of Global United Methodism” by David Scott via UM& Global. Analysis on how a division of United Methodism would potentially hit the various Central Conferences. (Added 8-7-2019)

Commentary: United Methodists are Question Mark People” by Michael Beck via UMNS. Christians should put question marks where other people put periods. Or should we? (Added 8-6-2019)

General Commission on Status and Role of Women Board Approves General Conference 2020 Legislation” by COSROW. Includes an attempt to add “gender” to the constitution as a category protected from discrimination. (Added 8-6-2019)

A Summer of Hopeful Conversations” by Bishop R. Lawson Bryan via South Georgia Conference. A report on summer negotiations happening in the UMC. (Added 8-6-2019)

Survey Results 3 of 4: Changes to the Global Structure” by Mark Holland. Slanted survey questions yield predictable results about the structure of our global church. (Added 8-6-2019)

GC2020: More on Provisional Affiliation” by Frank Holbrook. This Memphis Conference delegate is really churning out some thoughtful work. Check him out. (Added 8-6-2019)

General Conference 2020

GC2020: Creating New Methodist Expressions

The Indianapolis Plan: ‘Ay, There’s the Rub’” by John Stephens. Thoughts on the sorting mechanisms flowing from the Indy Plan. (Added 8-21-2019)

‘Yo la tengo!’ and the Indianapolis Plan” by Darren Cushman Wood. A narrative about the genesis of the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-21-2019)

A United Methodist Group Proposes a Denominational Breakup” by Yonat Shimron via Religion News Service. Outside reporting on the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-20-2019)

Methodism Needs a No-Fault Divorce” by Morgan Guyton. “The most bitter divorce I’ve ever known about was a couple who continued to live under the same roof for more than a dozen awful years… because neither person wanted the other one to have the house.” (Added 8-20-2019)

The Indianapolis Plan: All Things New… or Some Things?” by John Stephens. A member of the Indy Team describes what the UMC is not dissolved. (Added 8-19-2019)

The Indianapolis Plan: All Things New… or Some Things?” by John Stephens. A member of the Indy Team describes what the UMC is not dissolved. (Added 8-19-2019)

The Indianapolis Plan: Opening Paragraphs” by John Stephens. A centrist on the Indy Group analyses the opening paragraphs of the Indianapolis Plan Draft. (Added 8-19-2019)

Diverse Group of United Methodists Explore Separation” by UMC Council of Bishops. Report from a high-level Virginia meeting that may include the addition of a non-UM mediator. (Added 8-19-2019)

GC2020: UMCNext’s Proposal – PlaneGrace’s Analysis” by Frank Holbrook. “A hostile takeover of the UMC.” (Added 8-19-2019)

UMCNex Plan Would End LGBTQ Restrictionst” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. Coverage of the UMCNext Plan for GC2020. (Added 8-19-2019)

Abundance of Future Plans Share Variations upon a Theme” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. A round-up of recently released plans for the UMC. (Added 8-18-2019)

GC2020- The UMCNext Proposal, Chasing the Red Dot and Bishop Alsted” by Frank Holbrook. A review of UMCNext’s newly released plan. (Added 8-18-2019)

A Reply to Hacking Christianity’s Criticism of the Indianapolis Plan” by Darren Cushman Wood. One progressive invites another to stop playing politics. (Added 8-18-2019)

The UMCNext Proposal” by UMCNext.com. A plan for GC2020 is introduced, which includes the Local Option with an Exit Provision. (Added 8-18-2019)

Cutting Through the Spin on the Indianapolis Plan” by Jeremy Smith. Are progressive and centrist leaders working on the Indy Plan merely the Jr. Varsity squad being bamboozled by WCA? (Added 8-18-2019)

GC2020: The Indianapolis Plan vs. the Bard-Jones Plan” by Frank Holbrook. Continued analysis of the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-16-2019)

The Indianapolis Plan: My Experience” by John Stephens. One of the members of the Indy Team brings the first in a series of posts on the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-16-2019)

Introducing the Indianapolis Plan” by Darren Cushman Wood. A convener of the Indianapolis Group, a progressive, describes the plan. (Added 8-15-2019)

Indianapolis Plan Offers Practical Option” by M. William “Bill” Dunklau via UM Insight. A Progressive offers a positive review of the Indy Plan. (Added 8-15-2019)

Indianapolis Plan Has a Fundamental Flaw” by Sky McCracken. A reaction against splitting the UMC into two primary expressions. (Added 8-15-2019)

GC2020: The Indianapolis Plan” by Frank Holbrook. A positive, initial review of the Indianapolis Plan. (Added 8-15-2019)

GC2020: Waiting on Tables” by Frank Holbrook. Cooler heads, and those with administrative gifts, are needed at GC2020. (Added 8-15-2019)

Indianapolis Plan Offers Practical Option” by M. William “Bill” Dunklau via UM Insight. A Progressive offers a positive review of the Indy Plan. (Added 8-15-2019)

GC2020: Thoughts on Gracious Exit and Gracious Affiliation” by Frank Holbrook. Language matters as we create new expressions. (Added 8-9-2019)

GC2020: More on the Common Core” by Frank Holbrook. A GC delegate from the Memphis Conference continues his thoughtful exploration into the formation of new Methodist expressions with this post on what the various expressions would hold in common. (Added 8-8-2019)

GC2020: More on Provisional Affiliation” by Frank Holbrook. This Memphis Conference delegate is really churning out some thoughtful work. Check him out. (Added 8-6-2019)

GC2020: 1784 – The Christmas Gift that Keeps on Giving” by Frank Holbrook. A GC delegate offers some detailed thoughts on how the new Methodist expressions should form and the criteria they must meet. (Added 8-5-2019)

GC2020: Labels Matter – Avoiding the Bard-Jones ‘Name Game‘” by Frank Holbrook. General Conference should avoid labeling the new expressions that spring from the UMC. (Added 8-3-2019)

How I’d Do It” by Chris Ritter. [A PNJ Partner Exclusive, Password Protected]. Ritter explains his views on the best path forward for the UMC given the current landscape. (Added 7-31-2019)

Virtual Holy Conferencing and the Bard-Jones Plan” by Frank Holbrook via PlaneGrace. How to move the conversation about new expressions forward in ways that reflect our faith. (Added 7-28-2019)

What if…?” by Keith Boyette via WCA. “What if . . . we freed each other passionately and unapologetically to pursue our understandings of the Wesleyan faith through new expressions which would be birthed out of the UM Church?” (Added 7-26-2019)

Study Guide to the Bard-Jones Plan” by Darren Cushman Wood.  A Progressive UMC clergy offers a discussion guide on the Bard-Jones Plan.  (Added 7-23-2019)

An Alternate Approach to Unity” by Frank Holbrook via PeopleNeedJesus.net.  Thoughts on the Bard-Jones Plan, including an appeal for the UMC to not “rule from the grave.” (Added 7-20-2019)

The Bard-Jones Plan: ‘Cooperative Separation’” by David Watson.  The Dean of United Theological Seminary reviews the proposal by Bishops Bard and Jones for the future of the UMC.  (Added 7-16-2019)

GC2020: Casting Lots” by Chris Ritter.  Options have narrowed for GC2020.  The author examines the current landscape.  (Added 7-15-2019)

(Another) New Form of Unity” by Scott Fritzsche.  The author raises objections to the continued level of unity in the Bard-Jones Plan.  (Added 7-11-2019)

Thought on the Bard-Jones Plan” by Chris Ritter.  Analysis of “A New Form of Unity” document proposed by two U.S. bishops. (Added 7-11-2019)

Two Bishops Offer Plan for Denominations Future” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  Bishops Bard and Jones offer a plan for the future of the UMC.  (Added 7-10-2019)

GC2020: Other

Plans for 2020 General Conference Near Completion” by Press Release via UMNS. A report on the August 2019 meeting of the Commission on General Conference. Disaffiliation legislation will be given to The Conferences Legislative Committee. (Added 8-15-2019)

GC2020: The Plain Grace Plan” by Frank Holbrook. A General Conference delegate offers a proposal for forming new Methodist expressions. (Added 8-12-2019)

2019 Update: Lack of Membership Audits Question General Conference Delegates” by Jeremy Smith. United Methodist membership statistics questioned as they relate to General Conference delegations. (Added 8-12-2019)

General Commission on Status and Role of Women Board Approves General Conference 2020 Legislation” by COSROW. Includes an attempt to add “gender” to the constitution as a category protected from discrimination. (Added 8-6-2019)

GC2020: Heeding Gamaliel’s Advice But Skipping the Floggings” by Frank Holbrook. A GC2020 delegate offers some reflections on the spirit of our work. (Added 8-2-2019)

GC2020 – Paul, Barnabas, and a ‘Both/And’ Moment” by Frank Holbrook. Paul and Barnabas separated. God used them both. (Added 8-1-2019)

The GC2020 Puzzle: Finding a Starting Point” by Frank Holbrook via PeopleNeedJesus.Net. The process created for GC2019 actually worked and we learned lessons we can use at GC2020. (Added 7-25-2019)

Connectional Table Approves Legislation Creating a new U.S. Structure” via UMNS.  See also a related UMNS story on this proposal by Heather Hahn. (Added 7-25-2019)

Seven Insights to a Reformed United Methodism” by Bob Phillips.  Key thoughts as we think about multiplying into new expressions.  (Added 7-23-2019)

Minneapolis Calmly Considered” by Joe DiPaolo via WCA.  It is time to stop the insanity.  (Added 7-18-2019)

What’s Next for the UMC?” by Lovettt Weems. A 14 minute video plea for the institutional unity of the UMC. (Added 7-18-2019)

Preparing for General Conference 2020” by Timothy Tennent via Good News. Thoughts on the months leading up to GC2020 in May. (Added 7-18-2019)

What Does it Mean to Dissolve the UMC?” by Jeremy Smith. Thoughts on dissolution. (Added 7-17-2019)

The Best Hope for GC2020” by Bob Phillips.  “[GC2020 must] plow the ground in a serious and sustained manner to create the template for re-formation of new expressions of the Wesleyan way.” (Added 7-17-2019)

Casting the Vision” by William Trench via UM Insight.  A response to “Fun with Math” by Chappell Temple.  (Added 7-15-2019)

A Primer of American Subsidies to Central Conferences” by David Scott.  Good background information for those thinking about how to best divide up the UMC.  (Added 7-13-2019)

Lonnie Brooks’ Petitions to GC2020” A lay leader from Alaska shares his petitions to GC2020. (Added 7-12-2019)

How Accurate Are Church Membership Numbers?” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Are African membership numbers inaccurate? (Added 7-10-2019)

General Conference 2020 Petition Submission Form via umc.org. Petitions to General Conference 2020 may be filed through September 18.  (Added 7-9-2019)

Seven Pathways” Pacific Northwest Conference. A chart of possible futures for United Methodism. (Added 7-5-2019)

Groundhog Day” by Keith Boyette. GC2020 might seem like a rerun. (Added 7-5-2019)

George McGovern and General Conference 2020” by Bob Phillips via PeopleNeedJesus.net.  Thoughts on how progressive delegates can better represent the entire UMC.  (Added 7-4-2019)

Ongoing Developments

Our Church and the Denomination” by The Gathering (Matt Miofsky, Pastor). “We will not remain connected to a denomination that prohibits ministry with LGBTQ people past next May.” (Added 8-21-2019)

Defining Centrism in the UMC” by Stephen Fife via Wesleyan Way. Real centrists advocate for both sides. (Added 8-20-2019)

United Methodist Men Promise to Continue their Ministries Regardless of General Church Actions” by GCUMM. “The General Commission on United Methodist Men is committed to expanding its ministry to men and youth within all Wesleyan communions, regardless of the outcome of the 2020 General Conference.” (Added 8-20-2019)

A Response to Bishop Alsted’s Article on Emergent Methodism” by Andreas Kjernald. A Norwegian pastor responds to Bishop Alsted. Holiness includes human sexuality. (Added 8-20-2019)

Fijians Split from United Methodist Church Over Same-Sex Marriage” by Maika Bolatiki via Fiji Sun. Changes to the Fijian churches in California. (Added 8-20-2019)

Bishop Richard Wilke: A Plea to The United Methodist Church” via Ministry Matters. A video from a retired bishop examines the biblical passages related to homosexuality. (Added 8-20-2019)

Bishops, Agency Respond to GC2019 Probe” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. The COB and GCFA get involved with questions about GC2019. (Added 8-19-2019)

Four Words, Three Rules, Two Standards, One Grace” by Bill Lawrence via UM Insight. A presentation to the recent scholar’s forum for LGBTQ Inclusion in the UMC. (Added 8-19-2019)

Council of Bishops Agrees to Ask Judicial Council to Review Special Session Voting” by Press Release. The COB responds to a request by the Commission on General Conference to invite Judicial Council review. (Added 8-18-2019)

Connectional Table Launches ‘Emerging,” an online anthology on our Church” via Press Release. A collection of resources “discussing what may be taking shape in the life of our connection as a result of the outcome of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.” (Added 8-18-2019)

The Iron Curtain is Back” by Hilde Marie Movafagh. A video presentation on the effect of GC2019 in Europe. (Added 8-18-2019)

Europeans Give More to Central Conferences than the WCA” by David Scott via UM & Global. A skewed post by a usually fair source… Scott compares the total giving of three European mission agencies to a single mission fund sponsored by WCA. (Added 8-16-2019)

Commentary: Commission on General Conference Added to Confusion” by Bill Lawrence via UMNS. Former Judicial Council members critical of recent actions by Commission on General Conference. (Added 8-16-2019)

Iowa Clergyperson to Face Trial” by Arthur McClanahan via UMNS. Report on the upcoming trial of Anna Blaedel in Iowa. (Added 8-16-2019)

Anna Blaedel’s Case Will Go to Trial” by Cynthia Astle. A round-up of recent news from UM Insight. (Added 8-15-2019)

Anna’s Reflection on Her Referral to Trial” by Anna Blaedel. A reflection on receiving the news that the complaint against the author has been referred for trial. (added 8-14-2019)

Methodism is in the Details: Moving from Breadth back to Depth” by Kevin Watson. Methodism is a theological tradition built on a specific and detailed account of the Christian life. (Added 8-14-2019)

Group Drafts Separation Plan for Denomination” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. Report of the Indianapolis Plan to multiply the UMC into two new expressions. (Added 8-14-2019)

Disaffiliation Legislation Likely Invalid” by Keith Boyette via WCA. The President of WCA (a former Judicial Council Member) discussed the implication of the recent actions of the Commission on General Conference. (Added 8-12-2019)

General Conference Commission Takes Action After Task Force Review” by Press Release. Summary of actions taken in response to reports of improper seating of four delegates. (Added 8-10-2019)

Improper Voting at GC2020 Voids Key Vote” by Heather Hahn. The Commission on General Conference decided that four people voting improperly may have affected the approval of the Taylor Disaffiliation Plan and are setting that aside. (Added 8-10-2019)

A U.S. Only Church?” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. Response to the recent polling data released by Mainstream UMC. (Added 8-10-2019)

The Exilic Community” by UM-Forward. A survey collecting information on Progressives who want to disaffiliate from the UMC. (Added 8-9-2019)

Update on Rev. Anna Blaedel’s Hearing” by UM-Forward. Report on the Iowa Conference hearing related to complaints against one of their clergy members who declared herself to be a self-avowed, practicing homosexual on the floor of annual conference. (Added 8-9-2019)

A Reason for Separation?” by Brandon Fulmer. A South Carolina clergy outlines some theological reasons why separation of the UMC is necessary. (Added 8-8-2019)

Iowa Conference Committee on Investigation Meeting Tomorrow” by Iowa UMC. Publicizing an investigative hearing and the name of the complainant are unusual and controversial steps as they potentially raise a protest crowd and intimidate people from filing complaints against clergy. (Added 8-8-2019)

Survey Results 4 of 4: Concerns About a Split” by Mark Holland. The final post revealing survey results conducted by Mainstream UMC. The UMC name and logo were unimportant to all. (Added 8-8-2019)

Seminary Professors are Ideological Adversaries, Unlikely Friends” by Mary Jacobs via UMNS. Suzanne Scholtz and Billy Abraham are featured here as faculty at SMU. (Added 8-7-2019)

American Money and the Future of Global United Methodism” by David Scott via UM& Global. Analysis on how a division of United Methodism would potentially hit the various Central Conferences. (Added 8-7-2019)

Commentary: United Methodists are Question Mark People” by Michael Beck via UMNS. Christians should put question marks where other people put periods. Or should we? (Added 8-6-2019)

A Summer of Hopeful Conversations” by Bishop R. Lawson Bryan via South Georgia Conference. A report on summer negotiations happening in the UMC. (Added 8-6-2019)

Survey Results 3 of 4: Changes to the Global Structure” by Mark Holland. Slanted survey questions yield predictable results about the structure of our global church. (Added 8-6-2019)

Central Conference Finances, Take Two” by David Scott. The Director of Mission Theology at GBGM continues his series on the finances of the Central Conferences as background information informing the inevitable reconfiguration of United Methodism. (Added 8-3-2019)

Living Into Our Inclusive Vision” featuring Carol Zaagsma and Cindy Gregorson via the Minnesota AC. How Minnesota AC plans to offer an alternative expression of United Methodism from the Book of Discipline. (Added 8-3-2019)

Several Bishops Uphold UM Discipline” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. A round-up of annual conference actions where bishops upheld the Discipline. (Added 8-2-2019)

Karen Oliveto Begins Damage Control over Separation Brochure” by Benjamin Saine via Juicy Ecumenism. (Added 8-2-2019)

Countdown: 10 Months to Impact” by Tom Anderson via WCA. This release from the Michigan WCA Chapter has causes some still because it outlines details of WCA’s draft vision for a renewed Methodism in terms of a Book of Discipline. It is not completely accurate, however, in its description of the clergy deployment system proposed. (Added 8-2-2019)

Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church Defies Recent Attacks” by Patty Hastings via The Columbian. “The [Rainbow] banners in front of Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church are the greatest evangelism tool the Rev. Susan Boegli has ever seen at work.” (Added 8-1-2019)

Scholars Gather to Champion LGBTQ Inclusion” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. “At this event, resistants to the Traditional Plan comes with doctorates.” (Added 8-1-2018)

Vote on ‘Traditional Plan’ on Sexuality Credited for Reduced Giving” by Bill Bumpas via OneNewsNow. Tooley: “it’s an odd situation where now liberal churches seem to be withholding money from liberal church agencies.” (Added 8-1-2019)

Full Salvation Now: The Reason for Methodism” by Kevin Watson. A Candler Professor writes about the excitement of the new connections that are being formed within United Methodism and the opportunity for us to get back to our core message. (Added 8-1-2019)

Survey Results 2 of 4: Can We Live Together in the U.S. Church?” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC. A second post exploring opinions on whether and how the UMC can stay together in the U.S. (Added 8-1-2019)

Survey Results 1 of 4: Awakening & Urgency” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC. The first post on the results of a Mainstream UMC poll with over 13,000 respondents. (Added 7-31-2019)

Love One Another?” by William Cotton via UM Insight. Protests planned for Anna Blaedel’s hearing on August 8 at the Iowa Conference Center in Des Moines. (Added 7-30-2019)

New Charlottesville Church Draws Suspicion” by Jim Patterson via UMNS. A Virginia Church is charged with being planted to draw members away from three United Methodist congregations. (Added 7-30-2019)

Methodism’s Yalta?” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism. A participant in the “Bishop Yambasu Meeting” relates it to the famous meeting of Allied powers deciding how to divide up Europe following WWII. (Added 7-30-2019)

Church Leaders Look at Options for Future of Denomination” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS. Further reporting on the multi-lateral “Bishop Yambasu Meeting” in Chicago on the future of the UMC. (Added 7-30-2019)

Bishop’s Salaries and African UMC Economics” by David Scott via UM & Global. Fascinating analysis of the details and implications of Episcopal Fund salaries provided for bishops globally. (Added 7-27-2019)

GCFA Standard Disaffiliation Form” by General Council on Financial and Administration of the UMC. This form was mandated by actions of GC2019. There is hope for a “free” exit to new expressions to be approved next year. (Added 7-27-2019)

Exclusionary Politics, Money, and Statistics” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. A response to Mark Holland’s recent post claiming that “WCA Conferences” do less for the global church. (Added 7-26-2019)

Judicial Council October 2019 Docket” via UMC.org. The Fallout from GC2019 figures prominently into the items to be considered by the Judicial Council this fall. (Added 7-26-2019)

An Interview with Dr. Jerry Kulah” via Plain Truth Podcast. Jerry Kulah may be the most influential person in African United Methodism. If you don’t know his story, you should. (Added 7-26-2019)

Tennent Response” by Timothy Tennent via Asbury Seminary. The President of Asbury responds to an open letter by a group of students. (Added 7-25-2019)

Email to MET members July 2019” by David Hull.  In the wake of British Methodism’s decision to allow same-sex marriage, the largest evangelical group plans a “Liverpool 200” Event to launch a Methodist turnaround.  This event is inspired by this post by Chris Ritter.  (Added 7-25-2019)

Recommended Reading: Post GC2010 Updates from Europe” by David Scott via UM & Global.  A round-up of annual conference reactions to GC2019.  (Added 7-25-2019)

To Split or Not to Split, That is the Question” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  A mini-round-up of recent postings about whether the UMC should divide or dissolve.  (Added 7-25-2019)

Livestream Schedule for UM Scholars Conference on #UMC and Inclusion” by Jeremy Smith.  The schedule of speakers for an academic August 7-8 meeting a Lovers Lane UMC in Dallas. (Added 7-25-2019)

United Methodism: Technology and the Sexual Revolution” by Riley Case via The Confessing Movement.  Technology is feeding an alarming and incredibly rapid change in sexual ethics in the UMC.  (Added 7-23-2019)

Exit Path Fairness” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News.  The Taylor Disaffiliation provision is expensive and unwieldy. (Added 7-23-2019)

A Letter from Bishop Karen about ‘Future of MSC’ Brochure” by Karen Oliveto. “Our future is still unfolding.” (Added 7-22-2019)

Apportionment Collection Rate Down After GC2019” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  January-June 2019 apportionments received down $4.9 million compared to the same period the previous year.  (Added 7-22-2019)

Some Clarification on Apportionments are in Order” by Walter Fenton via WCA.  A response to Mark Holland’s recent article charging “WCA Conferences” with not supporting the global church.  (Added 78-22-2019)

Press Conference Methodist Church Ghana” by Bishop Paul K. Boafo. The Methodist Church of Ghana responds to British Methodism’s decision to allow same-sex weddings.  (Added 7-21-2019)

Central Conference Bishops Convene Diverse Group” by UM Council of Bishops via Facebook. Report for a July 19, 2019 meeting in Chicago. (Added 7-19-2019)

The Distortion Continues” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. A response to a dissent letter by 70 Asbury Alumni. (Added 7-18-2019)

Liberal Conferences Explore ‘Separation from the United Methodist Church‘” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. A round-up of measures explored by progressive conferences following GC2019. (Added 7-18-2019)

Five Shared Callings of Bishops in the UMC” by Kenneth Carter. The COB Executive Team just met in Chicago. This statement was released. (Added 7-17-2019)

Conferences Mull Denomination’s Future” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  A round-up of stories from recent annual conference sessions.  (Added 7-17-2019)

The Future of the Mountain-Sky Conference” A brochure prepared by the cabinet outlining how the Mountain Sky Conference, under the leadership of Bishop Oliveto, could organize as an autonomous denomination. (Added 7-17-2019)

We’re Not Leaving” by Rob Renfroe via Good News. “Barring a change in the church’s position, traditionalists will not leave the UM Church.” (Added 7-17-2019)

Inflammatory Story or Ordinary Report?” by Evangelical Fellowship of Virginia.  Responding to reports that the Evangelical Fellowship of the Virginia Conference is involved in a non-UMC church plant.  (Added 7-15-2019)

British Methodists Take Steps Toward Progressive Sexual Ethic” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News.  Report on the recent vote of the Methodist Conference in Britain.  (Added 7-15-2019)

Bishops Release Rulings of Law on Ordinations, Finances” by Cynthia Astle.  Coverage of rulings in Iowa and Baltimore-Washington Annual Conferences.  (Added 7-11-2019)

Thoughts on the Bard-Jones Plan” by Chris Ritter.  Analysis of “A New Form of Unity” document proposed by two U.S. bishops. (Added 7-11-2019)

Two Bishops Offer Plan for Denominations Future” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  Bishops Bard and Jones offer a plan for the future of the UMC.  (Added 7-10-2019)

Methodists are Pushing Ahead with Gay Marriage. Here Are Four Ways Evangelicals Can Respond” by David Hull via Premiere Christianity. British Methodism just voted to allowed same-sex weddings. Evangelicals respond. (Added 7-5-2019)

IRD Dividing United Methodism?” by Mark Tooley. A response to Cal-Pac’s recent statement mentioning renewal groups as suspect. (Added 7-3-2019)

Responding to California-Nevada Allegations Against Disaffiliation and Apportionments” by Jeremy Smith. “From the start, the document places connectionalism above justice, unity above integrity, and ironically places unity AS dogma: higher than anything else.” (Added 7-3-2019)

United Methodism’s Growing Polarization” by Riley Case via The Confessing Movement Facebook Page. “Boards of Ordained Ministry, whole conferences, one jurisdiction, bishops and pastors are publicly disavowing our shared constitutional polity.” (Added 7-3-2019)

Seminary Confidential” by Rod Dreher.  This article is making splashes among United Methodists eager for a new thing.  Candler School of Theology is mentioned in example of a divide between orthodoxy and UM seminaries.  (Added 7-3-2019)

Disaffiliation and Non-Payment of Apportionments Statement of the Extended Cabinet” by Cal-Pac Conference. An appeal for churches to stay in and pay up. (Added 7-1-2019)

Seven Mississippi Congregations Exit Denomination” by Jim Patterson via UMNS. Report of congregations using the new disaffiliation provision approved at GC2019. (Added 7-1-2019)

A Letter to Centrists” by Darren Cushman Wood. A progressive pastor speaks to UMC centrists. (Added 7-1-2019)

Zimbabwe Delegate Refutes ‘Harvest of Thorns‘” by Simon Mafunda.  A response to Lloyd Narota’s article.  (Added 6-29-2019)

The Consent of the Governed” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. “It has become strikingly evident over the past several months that a significant part of The United Methodist Church no longer gives its consent to be governed by the church, despite those vows.” (Added 6-28-2019)

U.S. Elections See Shift in GC2020 Delegates ” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. (Added 6-27-2019)

Council of Bishops Pose Five Questions to Judicial Council on Several Traditional Plan Petitions” via UMNS. The COB wants more info on the Traditional Plan legislation from Judicial Council. (Added 6-26-2019)

Grassroots Survey” by Mainstream UMC.  An online survey about future possibilities for the UMC.  (Added 6-25-2019)\

Publishing House Defers Hymnal Because of UMC Unrest” by UM Insight.  Plans for a UMC Hymnal are put on hold.  (Added 6-25-2019)

Clergyman Apologizes for Filing Complaint” by Thomas Kim via UMNS. Context: When a clergy is vulnerable to charges, a bishop will often have a DS make the charge to better control the process. (Added 6-23-2019)

Revoice 2019: Johanna Finegan”  A keynote from a gathering of gay people committed to biblical sexual ethics.  (Added 6-19-2019)

Prominent Liberal Caucus Leader Publicly Gives Up and Leaves UMC” by Dan Moran via Juicy Ecumenism. Dr. Dorothee Benz, a recent GC delegate, resigns her membership in the UMC. (Added 6-18-2019)

Message from Adam Hamilton about Leadership Institute 2019”  Attendee in September will “Learn about the latest opportunities and the potential impact on your local church from leaders who are currently charting various courses forward, including: staying and reforming within our current structure, disaffiliating from the UMC to start something new, and dissolving the UMC to multiply into two or three new Methodist expressions.” (Added 6-18-2019)

Centrist-Progressive U.S. Delegate Wave Hits 73%” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  Election round-up.  As in 2019, the majority of U.S. delegates will be progressives and centrists.  Also, activist Dr. Dorothee Benz leaves the UMC.  (Added 6-18-2019)

Realism, Not Cold Water” by Eric Folkerth.  A Texas pastor advises progressives not to mistake the election of more progressive GC delegates as a win.  (Added 6-17-2019)

Note: I am told by reliable sources the number of Traditional U.S. Delegates needed to uphold the Discipline at GC2020 was surpassed today. (Added 6-14-2019)

Uniting Methodists Implore the Judicial Council to Reconsider” A request to reconsider upholding Traditional Plan filed. (Added 6-14-2019)

Is Being a World-wide Denomination an American Aspiration” by David Scott via UM & Global. “It is quite possible that this peculiarly American way of thinking about the world is tied to American experiences of and ways of thinking about globalization.” (Added 6-14-2019)

Exiting Congregations Face Hefty Price Tag” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Unfunded pension liability in annual conferences may make the cost of leaving extremely high.  (Added 6-13-2019)

Summit Participants Seek to Reform the UMC, Together and Apart” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  Further reporting on conversations following the UMNext and Our Movement Forward events.  (Added 6-13-2019)

What Loving LGBTQ Ministry Could Look Like” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News.  “In our conversations, we should not insist that gay people become straight before they can come to God, just as we do not insist that others of us have our lives all together in order to come to God.” (Added 6-13-2019)

A Dialog in Biblical Interpretation” with Kevin Watson and Kendall Soulen.  Video of a dialog at Dunwoody UMC on May 8 featuring Candler professors with offering two perspectives on human sexuality.  (Added 6-13-2019)

More than Conquerors: An Open Letter to the NCJ College of Bishops” by Chris Ritter.  There is a structural solution that can be implemented now by jurisdictional conferences.  (Added 6-11-2019)

Post Annual Conference Advice (to Traditional United Methodists)” by Shane Bishop.  The annual conference season has given us clarity on the future.  (Added 6-11-2019)

Remaining Faithful: A Call to Global Prayer” by Methodist Evangelicals Together.  Evangelicals in British Methodism ask their global partners to  pray and fast with them in advance of a key vote on human sexuality.  (Added 6-8-2019)

“Northern Illinois Conference Creates Task Force” The NIC creates a task force exploring fresh expressions of Methodism that is to report back to a special session in November 2019.  (Added 6-4-2019)

Two US Conferences Ordain, Commission LGBTQ Clergy” by Jim Patterson and Erik Alsgaard via UMNS.  (Added 6-4-2019)

Yearning for a Better Way” via WCA.  An update on the Central Conference Ministry Fund launched to offset reduced support by progressive conferences.  (Added 6-4-2019)

Bishop Forms a ‘Wisconsin Option’ Task Force” by Wisconsin Conference.  Bishop Here-Soon Jung builds a team to envision a “Wisconsin Way Forward.” (Added 6-3-2019)

Ordination Makes History on Many Levels” by Erik Alsgaard via Baltimore-Washingon Conference.  LGBTQ Elder Ordained, Deacon Commissioned in Baltimore-Washington Conference. (Added 6-1-2019)

Why Liberation Can’t Wait” by Cameron Overton via UM Forward. “As a Queer person, hearing Billy Graham’s name at all is a trigger, since his ministry has been fundamental to seeking to destroy queer persons.” (Added 5-31-2019)

Progressive United Methodist Summit Eyes the Start of a New Church Movement” by Dan Moran via Juicy Ecumenism.  Report on the Our Movement Forward event.  (Added 5-31-2019)

Following His Conscience, My Friend is ‘Celebrating’ the 25th Anniversary of His Ordination by Leaving the Church He Loves” by Stephen Drachler via UM Insight.  An employee of Church World Service surrenders his credentials over the UMC’s ministry standards.  (Added 5-31-2019)

GC2020 Delegate Elections Heating Up” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  Delegate elections are contentious in the 2019 annual conference season.  (Added 5-31-2019)

Baltimore-Washington Clergy OK Two LGBTQ Persons for Ordination” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. Joey Heath-Mason and T. C. Morrow are approved for commissioning against the standards of the Discipline.  (Added 5-31-2019)

No Resolution Yet in Same-Sex Wedding Complaint” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Update on complaint filed against Andy Oliver in Florida for conducting a same-sex weddings.  (Added 5-31-2019)

Announcing Cal-Pac’s New LGBTQIA Coordinator” by the California-Pacific Annual Conference.  Denyse Barnes will become the LGBTQIA Advocacy Coordinator for the conference.  (Added 5-31-2019)

Breaking Up is Hard to Do” by Chris Ritter.  Three options for the inevitable breakup of the United Methodist denomination.  (Added 5-30-2019)

The UMC Inquisition Arrived While the Centrists and Progressives Fiddled” by Christy Thomas.  Harsh rhetoric is employed to state that Centrists and Progressives have allowed the nose of the camel of Fundamentalism into the tent of the church.  (Added 5-29-2019)

Late to the Resistance” by Walter Fenton.  Centrist/unity leaders have belatedly joined the resistance.  (Added 5-28-2019)

In Defense of the Discipline” by Jim Noland.  An elder in the Virginia Conference defends the human sexuality teachings of The United Methodist Church.  (Added 5-25-2019)

Liberal UMC Leaders: ‘We Cannot Affiliate’ with Traditional United Methodists!” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism.  Report on recent communications by Mainstream UMC.  (Added 5-25-2019)

Rejoinder to Rebekah Miles” by Tom Lambrecht.  The VP of Good News responds to a recent post by Rebekah Miles critical of the Traditional Plan.  (Added 5-24-2019)

“Unwinding and Recreating The United Methodist Church (Part One) and (Part Two)” by Nate Berneking via Hacking Christianity.  The Director of Finance and Administration for the Missouri Conferences offers his thoughts on the next expressions of United Methodism.  (Added 5-24-2019)

Planning New Directions for the Church” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Report of the UMCNext Gathering at Church of the Resurrection in May.  (Added 5-23-2019)

Loved and Liberated: A Proclamation from Our Movement Forward Summit” by A PoC+Q+T Centered Discussion of the Future of the UMC held May 18, 2019 in Minneapolis. “The greatest threat to queer liberation is centrism, not conservatism.”(Added 5-22-2019)

Summit Plans Inclusive Methodist Church” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Report from the Our Movement Forward event in Minneapolis, May 17-18.  (Added 5-21-2019)

Church Continued to Grapple with GC2019 Vote” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  A wrap-up of recent developments.  (Added 5-21-2019)

WCA Launches Mission Fund for Threatened Global Ministries” by Keith Boyette.  The Wesleyan Covenant Association is collecting fund to offset those withheld by progressives to punish Africa for their support of the Traditional Plan. See also Jeremy Smith’s reaction here.  (Added 5-17-2019)

Bishops Plan to Explore ‘New Forms of Unity” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Final report from the May 2019 Council of Bishops’ Meeting in Chicago.  (Added 5-10-2019)

Committee on Correlation and Editorial Revision Completes Work of General Conference 2019 Legislation” via UM Publishing House.  The word “practicing” was added to the 2019 as an editorial correction.  For background on concerns this omission posed for Progressives, see posts by Jeremy Smith and Rebekah Miles. (Added 5-6-2019)

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)

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

Talking about the Future: Calls for Structural Separation

Thoughts on the Bard-Jones Plan” by Chris Ritter.  Analysis of “A New Form of Unity” document proposed by two U.S. bishops. (Added 7-11-2019)

Two Bishops Offer Plan for Denominations Future” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  Bishops Bard and Jones offer a plan for the future of the UMC.  (Added 7-10-2019)

Dr. David Watson on One Church UMC” by David Watson.  A speech given before the evangelicals of the Virginia Annual Conference.  (Added 6-28-2019)

“Pride Month and the United Methodist Brouhaha” by Paul Nixon. “Our inevitable realigning is happening right on time.” (Added 6-26-2019)

California-Nevada has Six New LGBTQ Clergy” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  (Added 6-28-2019)

Seven Suggestions on How to Begin to Restructure of the UMC” by Ben Gosden. Suggestions for a gradual, grassroots approach to UMC Restructure.  (Added 6-22-2019)

Keep the First Rule the First Thing” by Mark Dicken.  “We are in a lose-lose situation. Let us admit it and stop harming each other.” (Added 6-11-2019)

Post Annual Conference Advice (to Traditional United Methodists)” by Shane Bishop.  The annual conference season has given us clarity on the future.  (Added 6-11-2019)

Thoughts on the Way to Annual Conference” by Carolyn Moore.  “Ultimately, it means freeing the adherents of these radically different, theologically irreconcilable camps of Methodism to turn their backs on the denominational battlefield, to beat their verbal swords into ploughshares, TO GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS IN PEACE, to return to the harvest fields of local and global ministry –and as the Spirit leads — to form new combinations and connections with theologically compatible partners.” (Added 6-9-2019)

Thoughts as The United Methodist Church Prepares for General Conference 2020” by Timothy Tennent. “Our focus now should be the legislative work necessary to present an “amicable separation” plan which creates two separate denominations.” (Added 6-7-2019)

Arbitration for a New Methodism” by Darren Cushman Wood. “Creating a process of arbitration to deal with our assets is one fruitful way all of us can apply the scriptures to our current crisis.” (Added 6-7-2019)

It Has Been a Long Unwinding” by Zach Nell via UM Insight.  “Stay and resist just to protect and preserve the institution is not good enough as the effects of the Traditional Plan will be too harmful.” (Added 6-5-2019)

In Favor of UMC Separation” by Teddy Ray. “Trying to work it out together is only inflaming the situation. Every time we get in a room, we grow further apart.” (Added 5-31-2019)

Breaking Up is Hard to Do” by Chris Ritter.  Three options for the inevitable breakup of the United Methodist denomination.  (Added 5-30-2019)

St. Louis as a ‘Damascus Road’ Conversion” by Rebekah Miles via UM Insight. “I can’t stand the thought that we would give even more years of our lives to continued fighting when we could be focused instead on ministry and mission.” (Added 5-28-2019)

Liberal UMC Leaders: ‘We Cannot Affiliate’ with Traditional United Methodists!” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism.  Report on recent communications by Mainstream UMC.  (Added 5-25-2019)

UMCNext: A Reflection on the Present and the Future” by Ben Gosden.  “We need negotiations for amicable separation to happen NOW.” (Added 5-25-2019)

Shaking Hands (While We Still Can)” by Shane Bishop. “The current question before us is, ‘How do we peacefully and strategically part ways?'” (Added 5-23-2019)

Questions About UMC Separation” by David Scott via UM & Global.  The Director of Mission Theology for GBGM raises questions about a separation in the UMC.  (Added 5-22-2019)

The Case for Separate Paths” by Kent Millard and David Watson via Good News. “We have both come to believe, then, that the best course of action would be for The United Methodist Church to enter a formal process of separation.” (Added 5-21-2019)

Wishing the United Methodist Church a Happy Death” by John Fanestil via UM Insight.  “[The Wesley brothers] believed good deaths could be holy occasions, the sources of great “happiness” even. It is time for the leaders of a dying denomination, the United Methodist Church, to embrace this proud inheritance.” (Added 5-21-2019)

Let’s Not Repeat St. Louis” by Rob Renfroe.  Don’t forget how bad St. Louis really was.  (Added 5-20-2019)

Engineering Change at GC2020” by Darren Cushman Wood.  Explores mechanisms for separation.  (Added 5-17-2019)

The Midwives Were United Methodists, Too” by Darren Cushman Wood.  Thoughts on good and bad reasons of Progressives to resist the Book of Discipline. A follow-up post to “Moses the United Methodist”  (Added 5-11-2019)

Baltimore-Washington Conference to Consider Joining the Western Jurisdiction.  The BWAC to consider a resolution to disaffiliate with the UMC and affiliate with the Western Jurisdiction.  (Added 5-7-2019)

The Untied Methodist Church” by Gregory Neal.  A proposed plan of dissolution is offered. (Added 5-4-2019)

Taking a Wider Angle View” by David Bard.  The bishop of the Michigan area says we are at a Paul and Barnabas moment.  (Added 4-29-2019)

Ohio College Severs Formal Ties with the Denomination” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio disaffiliates with the UMC in response to LGBTQ policies.  (Added 4-29-2019)

Why Traditionalists Are Not Leaving” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News.  Traditionalists are not looking to leave the UMC but are open to a multiplication of Methodist movements from the UMC.  (Added 4-26-2019)

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)

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

How Much Money Does the U.S. send to the Central Conferences” by David Scott via UM & Global. (Added 7-18-2019)

The Next Methodism Needs Bishops” by Stephen Rankin. “We need godly leaders, both clergy and lay.  We also need “buck stops here” leaders who have the spiritual chops to lead.” (Added 7-15-2019)

What Is Your Change Theory?” by Patrick Scriven.  Progress in the UMC will Take more than just a change in polity.  (Added 7-8-2019)

Seven Pathways” Pacific Northwest Conference. A chart of possible futures for United Methodism. (Added 7-5-2019)

The World Methodist Council and World-Wide Methodism” by David Scott.  Thoughts on what a post-UMC reality would mean to world Methodism.  (Added 7-3-2019)

What Would It Take for Us to Dream Anew?” by Ben Gosden. “Our system doesn’t need a few tweaks. It’s needs an overhaul.” (Added 7-2-2019)

Wesley Would Call Modern Methodists to Return to their Roots” by David Watson via UMNS.  (Added 7-2-2019)

California-Nevada has Six New LGBTQ Clergy” by Kathy Gilbert via UMNS.  (Added 6-28-2019)

The Book of Discipline Unites Us as a Church” by Stephen Mannion via UMNS. A commentary from a young pastor stating our discipline is the means of our unity. (Added 6-26-2019)

Liberal United Methodist Pastor Seeks to Avoid a Split” by Benjamin Saine.  A summary of Christy Thomas’ appearance on the Crackers & Grape Juice Podcast.  (Added 6-24-2019)

Inclusive Methodists secure Jurisdictional Conference Majorities — Where Do We Go from Here?” by Jeremy Smith. Progressives have an opportunity to reshape the UMC on the jurisdictional level.  (Added 6-22-2019)

Seven Suggestions on How to Begin to Restructure of the UMC” by Ben Gosden. Suggestions for a gradual, grassroots approach to UMC Restructure.  (Added 6-22-2019)

Message from Adam Hamilton about Leadership Institute 2019”  Attendee in September will “Learn about the latest opportunities and the potential impact on your local church from leaders who are currently charting various courses forward, including: staying and reforming within our current structure, disaffiliating from the UMC to start something new, and dissolving the UMC to multiply into two or three new Methodist expressions.” (Added 6-18-2019)

My Dream for Our United Methodist Church” by James Howell via UM Insight. The pastor of Myers Park UMC in Charlotte offers his Progressive UM version of King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech.   (Added 6-18-2019)

Exiting Congregations Face Hefty Price Tag” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Unfunded pension liability in annual conferences may make the cost of leaving extremely high.  (Added 6-13-2019)

Beyond Scapegoating” by Greg Weeks via UM Insight.  Progressives should stay in connection with Traditionalists who do not affirm full LGBTQ inclusion.  (Added 6-11-2019)

More than Conquerors: An Open Letter to the NCJ College of Bishops” by Chris Ritter.  There is a structural solution that can be implemented now by jurisdictional conferences.  (Added 6-11-2019)

Darryl W. Stephens — Connectionalism: What Connectional Relationships Really Mean in the UMC” via UM & Global.  On setting the general agencies free as autononmous non-profits: “A system of subscription fees might preserve some of the functions of general agencies (for those who participate) but would not nurture the connectional relationships constitutive of the UMC. ” (Added 6-8-2019)

How Can the West Help the Rest Through Whatever is Next” by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. (Added 6-6-2019)

Adam Hamilton on ‘Methodists in the Middle’ and What’s Next for the UMC” by Emily McFarlan Miller via RNS. (Added 6-6-2019)

Unfinished Business from AC2019” by Bishop David Bard. “We need new space, new birth, new creation.” (Added 6-6-2019)

A Primer of Board and Agency Organization” by David Scott.  In preparation for a UMC break-up, the agencies can be disentangled from the UMC by GC action.  (Added 6-8-2019)

Amy Valdez Barker: In Relationship — Not Control” via UM & Global.  A case for global autonomy.  (Added 5-31-2019)

Christy Thomas: Dripping with Sex” via the Tamed Cynic Podcast.  Can the UMC be inclusive toward LGBTQA persons without being a liberal church? (Added 5-31-2019)

Breaking Up is Hard to Do” by Chris Ritter.  Three options for the inevitable breakup of the United Methodist denomination.  (Added 5-30-2019)

Fighting for the Soul of the UMC” by Chris Mullis. “Imagine a denomination truly united in our beliefs and doctrines that has a clear vision about what it means to make disciples of Jesus Christ and how to do it.” (Added 5-29-2019)

“Unwinding and Recreating The United Methodist Church (Part One) and (Part Two)” by Nate Berneking via Hacking Christianity.  The Director of Finance and Administration for the Missouri Conferences offers his thoughts on the next expressions of United Methodism.  (Added 5-24-2019)

Planning New Directions for the Church” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Report of the UMCNext Gathering at Church of the Resurrection in May.  (Added 5-23-2019)

Loved and Liberated: A Proclamation from Our Movement Forward Summit” by A PoC+Q+T Centered Discussion of the Future of the UMC held May 18, 2019 in Minneapolis. “The greatest threat to queer liberation is centrism, not conservatism.”(Added 5-22-2019)

Summit Plans Inclusive Methodist Church” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Report from the Our Movement Forward event in Minneapolis, May 17-18.  (Added 5-21-2019)

Can the 23rd Psalm Speak to Us in the Present Moment?” by Ken Carter. The president of the COB reflects on the current situation in the UMC. (Added 5-20-2019)

Brief Forum Summary, Questions 1 and 2” by Mainstream UMC.  A summary of responses to a recent survey of Mainstream UMC subscribers.  (Added 5-20-2019)

Letter to The Gathering” by Matt Miofsky via Facebook.  The pastor of The Gathering in St. Louis writes to his congregation about the UMNext Gathering and outlines three options for the future (resist and hope traditionalists give up, divide the UMC, and leave the UMC). (Added 5-17-2019)

Mainstream UMC Community Forum”  Mainstream UMC launches a Facebook forum to discuss questions related to the future of United Methodism.  (Added 5-16-2019)

Behold, the Bishops are not Doing a New Thing… Again or Still?” by Scott Fritzsche via Unsettled Christianity.  Analysis of the statements coming out of the May 2019 Council of Bishops’ meeting.  (Added 5-16-2019)

Meeting United Methodist Bishops” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism.  A prediction of two liberal denominations birthing from the United Methodist Church.  (Added 5-14-2019)

The Terrible ‘If’s Accumulate: General Conference 2020 and the Guns of August” by Bob Phillips via People Need Jesus.  Lessons for United Methodists from the history of WWI. (Added 5-13-2019)

The Peril of All These Secret Meetings” by Cynthia Astle.  The fog of secrecy must lift.  (Added 5-10-2019)

A Poor Renewal” by Erik Grayson via WCA. The renewal God is bringing to the UMC: “It’ll be gritty, among the poor and homeless, the addicts and unemployed, the skeptics and religious screw-ups, the people Jesus draws to Himself.” (Added 5-10-2019)

Bishops Plan to Explore ‘New Forms of Unity” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Final report from the May 2019 Council of Bishops’ Meeting in Chicago.  (Added 5-10-2019)

UMC Membership Growth and Decline Relative to Population” by David Scott via UM & Global.  Interesting data about how United Methodism is faring around the world relative to population growth.  (Added 5-9-2019)

Traditionalists, Bishops Talk Church Future” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Renewal leaders met with a group of bishops during the May 2019 Council of Bishops’ meeting in Chicago.  (Added 5-9-2019)

It’s Going to Be OK” a video from the May 2019 Council of Bishops’ meeting.  Bishop Bob Farr says it is important to say, “It is going to be OK” even when you don’t believe it.  Bishop Dyck mentions a “new affiliation.” (Added 5-7-2019)

Colorado Springs Methodists Consider Leaving Historic Denomination Amid LGBTQ Exclusion” by Steve Rabey via The Colorado Springs Gazette.  News of a new Progressive network and churches possibly exercising the exit provision.  (Added 5-78-2019)

Bishops Begin Meeting at ‘Chaotic’ Moment” by Health Hahn via UMNS.  Report from the May 2019 Judicial Council decision.  (Added 5-6-2019)

Crowd-Sourcing a New Thing” by Dottie Escobedo-Frank.  Advocates an open approach to planning a future for Progressive United Methodists.  (Added 5-6-2019)

Will You Be Loyal to the United Methodist Church?” by David Livingstone.  The author will be loyal to the church as it should be, not as it is.  (5-3-2019)

Twenty-four United Methodist Leaders Discuss Potential Church Split” via Episcopal News Service.  (Added 5-3-2019)

The Answer to: ‘Does the UMC Have a Future?‘” by Christy Thomas. “As much as I loved serving the UMC, I am at a point where I am embarrassed to carry now those ordination credentials.” (Added 5-3-2019)

Can Churches Depart the United Methodist Church with their Property?” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  (Added 5-3-2019)

A Statement on Ordination Standards by the Renewal and Reform Coalition” via Good News.  Remarks on the omission of “practicing” from some of the GC2019 additions to the Discipline.  (Added 9-3-2019)

Suggestions for a New Methodism” by Greg Weeks.  Will adopting the values of modern secularism lead to church vitality? (Added 5-2-2019)

Has the Methodist Middle Collapsed — or Is it Awakening?” by Mike Coyner. “[Is] a large portion of our church… awakened and unhappy with the ways the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ seem hell-bent on destroying our church?” (Added 5-2-2019)

Book Release: Where Do We Go from Here?” by Chris Ritter.  Excerpts from one chapter in a book due to be released May 15 from Market Square Books.  (Added 5-2-2019)

A Primer on Methodist Autonomy” by David Scott.  The Director of Mission Theology for GBGM outlines some rubrics for structures in the UMC becoming autonomous.  (Added 5-01-2019)

Legislation to Restore Church’s Order Constitutional – Now What?” by Keith Boyette via Wesleyan Covenant Association.  (Added 4-30-2019)

Countercultural Methodism” by Mark Tooley. ” There are traumatic and exciting years ahead for Methodism as it painfully detaches from American cultural conformity and relearns how to be more fully part of the universal church.” (Added 4-29-2019)

Holy Family HTX Leaves UMC for Episcopal Church” by Jacob Breeze.  A church plant supported by Chapelwood UMC in Houston leaves the UMC for the Episcopal Church.  (Added 4-29-2019)

Why Traditionalists Are Not Leaving” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News.  Traditionalists are not looking to leave the UMC but are open to a multiplication of Methodist movements from the UMC.  (Added 4-26-2019)

UMC Next Invitation April 2019” by Convening Team.  What invitees to the May 2019 meeting at Church of the Resurrection received from Tom Berlin, Junius Dotson, Sue Haupert-Johnson, Mike McKee, and Jasmine Smothers, and Adam Hamilton.  (Added 4-25-2019)

Progressive Christians: Love and Affirmation Do Not Absolve You” by Lauren Rowello via Hacking Christianity. If you still believe in binary genders you are part of the problem. (Added 4-25-2019)

Can You Be Compatibilist and United Methodist?” by Darren Cushman Wood. The centrist agenda capably critiqued from the left. (Added 4-25-2019)

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)

Annual Conference Season 2019

Annual Conferences, Statistics, and ‘Winner Take All’” by Chappell Temple via Good News. The annual conference elections do not tell the whole story. (Added 8-20-2019)

2019 East Congo Annual Conference” via UMNS. At their 2019 session the East Congo Annual Conference passed a resolution reaffirming their rejection of same-sex marriage in the UMC. (Added 8-2-2019)

Court Docket Reflects Busy Annual Conference Season” by Linda Bloom via UMNS. Items coming to the Judicial Council’s October session from the annual conferences. (Added 7-26-2019)

Bishop’s Ruling of Law” by Laurie Haller.  The bishop of the Iowa AC issues of ruling of law related to a statement of disagreement with the Traditional Plan.  (Added 7-9-2019)

Fun with Math” by Chappell Temple. Interpretation of the recent delegate elections in the U.S. and what it means for the UMC. (Added 7-1-2019)

Thoughts Upon Annual Conference” by Stephen Fife. “We have to stop with the winner take all approach when it comes to the UMC and come back to how can we make this fair for everyone.” (Added 7-1-2019)

The Consent of the Governed” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. “It has become strikingly evident over the past several months that a significant part of The United Methodist Church no longer gives its consent to be governed by the church, despite those vows.” (Added 6-28-2019)

76% of U.S. Conferences Reject the Traditional Plan” by Mark Holland via UM Insight.  Includes an info-graphic on U.S. annual conferences relative to their delegate voting.  (Added 6-28-2019)

U.S. Elections See Shift in GC2020 Delegates ” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. (Added 6-27-2019)

When the Annual Conference Opposes the Global Denomination” by Cliff Wall. Perspective on the voting in the Western North Carolina Conference. (Added 6-27-2019)

The Book of Discipline Unites Us as a Church” by Stephen Mannion via UMNS. A commentary from a young pastor stating our discipline is the means of our unity. (Added 6-26-2019)

One of These Things is… Not Like the Other” by Josh McClendon. Perspectives on the South Carolina delegate elections:  “I… think we can all do better at not conflating broad strokes or murky language about diversity with what is a straightforward theological difference. There are equally well-thought and well-intentioned folks – of all races, ages, and genders – on all sides.”  (Added 6-25-2019)

The Pendulum Swings” by Mike Coyner via Facebook. Retired Indiana bishop comments on the progressive gains in U.S. delegate elections. (Added 6-18-2019)

Centrist-Progressive U.S. Delegate Wave Hits 73%” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  Election round-up.  As in 2019, the majority of U.S. delegates will be progressives and centrists.  Also, activist Dr. Dorothee Benz leaves the UMC.  (Added 6-18-2019)

Realism, Not Cold Water” by Eric Folkerth.  A Texas pastor advises progressives not to mistake the election of more progressive GC delegates as a win.  (Added 6-17-2019)

Note: I am told by reliable sources the number of Traditional U.S. Delegates needed to uphold the Discipline at GC2020 was reached today. (Added 6-14-2019)

The Inclusive UMC Wave: Blowback Against the WCA or a Flash Too Late?” by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. Report on progressive gains in delegate elections. (Added 6-14-2019)

Exiting Congregations Face Hefty Price Tag” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Unfunded pension liability in annual conferences may make the cost of leaving extremely high.  (Added 6-13-2019)

Western Pa. Methodists Elect Conservative Delegates to Next Conference” by Peter Smith via Pittsburg Post-Gazette.  All delegates supporting the OCP were replaced with Traditionalists in the WPA Annual Conference.  (Added 6-13-2019)

2019 Annual Conference Reports” via UMNS.  A collection of official summaries of the 2019 annual conferences.  (Added 6-13-2019)

Updated Delegate Vote Talley” by Jimmy Boone.  An Alabama clergy’s running Talley of GC2020 delegate elections. (Added 7-12-2019)

Will the IGRC GC2020 Delegation Be Seated?” by Chris Ritter.  Questions about voting irregularities in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. (Added 6-12-2019)

Keep the First Rule the First Thing” by Mark Dicken.  “We are in a lose-lose situation. Let us admit it and stop harming each other.” (Added 6-11-2019)

Delegate Tally June 11 2019” by Jimmy Boone.  A pastor in Alabama is posting election results for delegates.  PNJ does not vouch for their accuracy, but believes the source is striving for accuracy.  (Added 6-11-2019)

Post Annual Conference Advice (to Traditional United Methodists)” by Shane Bishop.  The annual conference season has given us clarity on the future.  (Added 6-11-2019)

More than Conquerors: An Open Letter to the NCJ College of Bishops” by Chris Ritter.  There is a structural solution that can be implemented now by jurisdictional conferences.  (Added 6-11-2019)

‘Reform and Renewal’ Forces Acknowledge Twenty Percent Drop” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  (Added 6-11-2019)

Thoughts on the Way to Annual Conference” by Carolyn Moore.  “Ultimately, it means freeing the adherents of these radically different, theologically irreconcilable camps of Methodism to turn their backs on the denominational battlefield, to beat their verbal swords into ploughshares, TO GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS IN PEACE, to return to the harvest fields of local and global ministry –and as the Spirit leads — to form new combinations and connections with theologically compatible partners.” (Added 6-9-2019)

Progress Report on Annual Conference Actions” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News.  A round-up mid-way through the 2019 annual conference season in the U.S. (Added 6-9-2019)

Apologies for the Traditional Plan Accepted/Rejected” by Cynthia Astle.  Coverage of annual conference resolutions about the new language in the BOD.  (Added 6-8-2019)

It’s Time to Take a Leap of Faith, Bishop Webb Urges During AC2019 Worship” by Shannon Hodson. (Added 6-6-2019)

Unfinished Business from AC2019” by Bishop David Bard. “We need new space, new birth, new creation.” (Added 6-6-2019)

Northern Illinois Conference votes to suspend apportionment payments to the General Administration Fund” via the NIC Twitter Account.  (Added 6-5-2019)

Processing the Events of the Michigan Annual Conference” via Millennial Methodist.  Reflections on the 2019 annual conference session in Michigan.  (Added 6-5-2019)

“Northern Illinois Conference Creates Task Force” The NIC creates a task force exploring fresh expressions of Methodism that is to report back to a special session in November 2019.  (Added 6-4-2019)

North Texas Ordains Openly Gay Pastor” by Sam Hodges via UMNS.  Jane Graner is described as self-avowed but not practicing.  (Added 6-4-2019)

Two US Conferences Ordain, Commission LGBTQ Clergy” by Jim Patterson and Erik Alsgaard via UMNS.  (Added 6-4-2019)

Bishop Forms a ‘Wisconsin Option’ Task Force” by Wisconsin Conference.  Bishop Here-Soon Jung builds a team to envision a “Wisconsin Way Forward.” (Added 6-3-2019)

Ordination Makes History on Many Levels” by Erik Alsgaard via Baltimore-Washingon Conference.  LGBTQ Elder Ordained, Deacon Commissioned in Baltimore-Washington Conference. (Added 6-1-2019)

GC2020 Delegate Elections Heating Up” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  Delegate elections are contentious in the 2019 annual conference season.  (Added 5-31-2019)

Baltimore-Washington Clergy OK Two LGBTQ Persons for Ordination” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. Joey Heath-Mason and T. C. Morrow are approved for commissioning against the standards of the Discipline.  (Added 5-31-2019)

A Cautionary Tale” by Jeff Greenway via WCA.  Radical agendas are often cloaked in the language of Centrist:  The lesson from West Ohio.  (Added 5-21-2019)

Petitions to the 2019 Annual Conferences” by Benjamin Roe.  A collection of links to annual conferences petitions related to resisting the Book of Discipline’s teachings on marriage and human sexuality.  (Added 5-16-2019)

Church Future Focus of Annual Conferences” by Jim Patterson via UMNS.  A round-up of petitions coming before annual conferences in 2019.  (Added 5-16-2019)

Baltimore-Washington Conference to Consider Joining the Western Jurisdiction.  The BWAC to consider a resolution to disaffiliate with the UMC and affiliate with the Western Jurisdiction.  (Added 5-7-2019)

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

UMC Next Gathering, May 2019

Summit Participants Seek to Reform the UMC, Together and Apart” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  Further reporting on conversations following the UMNext and Our Movement Forward events.  (Added 6-13-2019)

Communications Office Receives Pushback After UMCNext Email” by Annette Spence via Holston Conference. (Added 6-7-2019)

It Has Been a Long Unwinding” by Zach Nell via UM Insight.  “Stay and resist just to protect and preserve the institution is not good enough as the effects of the Traditional Plan will be too harmful.” (Added 6-5-2019)

Reflections on UMC-Next” by Dan Lewis.  “Of the whole body, more of us want to leave the denomination than stay to continue struggling, but none of the options are easy and each person has limited strength for any of it.” (Added 6-5-2019)

The Wesleyan Character of Methodist Centrists” by Tim Crouch via Mainstream UMC. A lay leader from the North Texas Annual Conference defines Methodist Centrism.  (Added 6-4-2019)

Late to the Resistance” by Walter Fenton.  Centrist/unity leaders have belatedly joined the resistance.  (Added 5-28-2019)

What I Saw (and Felt) at UMCNext” by Darren Cushman Wood.  Some interesting details about the polling at the UMCNext Event.  (Added 5-27-2019)

From Inclusion to Liberation” by Tyler Schwaller via UMForward. On the UMCNext Event: “Instead of asking to be included at the table, can we not dismantle the damn table already?” (Added 5-27-2019)

Now to Define the Categories” by Cynthia Astle via UMInsight.  A round-up of recent, minor developments including items from Mainstream UMC and the Wisconsin AC.  (Added 5-27-2019)

UMCNext: A Reflection on the Present and the Future” by Ben Gosden.  “We need negotiations for amicable separation to happen NOW.” (Added 5-25-2019)

UMCNext: A Pathway to a More Just Church” by Jeremy Smith. “I lament that not everyone was on the same page and we cannot put energy towards one path.” (Added 5-24-2019)

UMC Next Counters Traditional Plan” via Good News Magazine.  Coverage of the UMCNext event from Good News.  (Added 5-23-2019)

After UMCNext” by David Livingstone.  The promise of resistance from UMCNext.  (Added 5-23-2019)

UMC Next Vows to Resist Traditional Plan, Reform Methodism” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  A report from the UMC Next event in Kansas.  (Added 5-23-2019)

UMCNext Recap” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC.  “There is no clear path forward for the church.” (Added 5-23-2019)

Planning New Directions for the Church” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  Report of the UMCNext Gathering at Church of the Resurrection in May.  (Added 5-23-2019)

Press Conference from the UMCNext Event” via Facebook Livestream.  (Added 5-22-2019)

UMCNext Daily Media Briefing: May 21, 2019“. The official press release of UMCNext Gathering at Church of Resurrection May 20-22.  (Added 5-22-2019)

UMCNext Daily Media Briefing: May 20, 2019”  The official press release from Day 1 of the UMCNext event in Kansas City.  (Added 5-21-2019)

UMCNext, John Wesley, and Star Wars” by David Livingstone.  How Centrists and Progressives are struggling to get along at UMCNext.  (Added 5-21-2019)

Stand with Us Now: An Appeal to My Generation” by Hannah Adair Bonner.  An LGBTQI young clergy appeals to her contemporaries for support.  (Added 5-20-2019)

Guiding Questions” by Cal-Pac #UMCNext Delegation.  Questions posed to the UMC Next invitees.  See also the entire website created by this delegation.  (Added 5-20-2019)

UMC Next: What We Know” by Cal-Pac Delegation.  Those attending the #UMCNext event in Kansas aim for transparency.  (Added 5-20-2019)

GC2019:  What Actually Happened?

Fighting for LGBTQ Inclusion in The United Methodist Church” an Ununited Documentary.  A chronicle of the time before a during GC2019.  (Added 6-28-2019)

Book of Discipline Addendum and Errata” by UM Publishing.  Official changes to the Book of Discipline as a result of GC2019.  (Added 5-17-2019)

Committee on Correlation and Editorial Revision Completes Work of General Conference 2019 Legislation” via UM Publishing House.  The word “practicing” was added to the 2019 as an editorial correction.  For background on concerns this omission posed for Progressives, see posts by Jeremy Smith and Rebekah Miles. (Added 5-6-2019)

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)

GC2019: Post-Conference Statements

WCA Churches Withhold Global Apportionments” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC.  Charges WCA churches with being weak on support of denominational apportionments that support the global church.  (Added 7-17-2019)

Committee on Correlation and Editorial Revision Completes Work of General Conference 2019 Legislation” via UM Publishing House.  The word “practicing” was added to the 2019 as an editorial correction.  (Added 5-6-2019)

Baltimore-Washington’s Conference Team’s ‘Vision’ Defies GC2019 Vote” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  (Added 5-1-2019)

Drag Performance Held at Church in Durham to Protest UMC Leadership” by Zac Dahlheimer via CBS17 in Raleigh/Durham.  Calvary UMC in Durham hosts a drag performance to protest the Book of Discipline.  See also this Drag Event in the Chapel of Iliff School of Theology, a UM seminary (Added 4-29-2019)

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)

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)

April 2019 Judicial Council Ruling

Uniting Methodists Implore the Judicial Council to Reconsider” A request to reconsider upholding Traditional Plan filed. (Added 6-14-2019)

Commentary: Two Decisions, One a Danger” by Bill Lawrence via UMNS.  Former head of the Judicial Council analyses the April 2019 JC Decisions, arguing that the council should have been more helpful in interpreting Traditional Plan.  (Added 5-6-2019)

Chart of Top Court’s Rulings on GC2019 Legislation” via UMNS.  (Added 5-2-2019)

Ask the UMC: What Did the Judicial Council decide about the Traditional Plan?” via UMNS.  A summary of the April 2019 Judicial Council decisions.  (Added 4-30-2019)

On the Uses of Law in the UMC” by David Scott via UM & Global. “What seems clear at this point is that Traditionalists have the legislative power within the church to set laws but not the constitutional power to require enforcement of those laws.” (Added 4-30-2019)

Legislation to Restore Church’s Order Constitutional – Now What?” by Keith Boyette via Wesleyan Covenant Association.  (Added 4-30-2019)

An Idiot’s Guide to the Recent Judicial Council Decisions” by Darren Cushman Wood.  Summary and analysis.  (Added 4-29-2019)

Taking a Wider Angle View” by David Bard.  The bishop of the Michigan area says we are at a Paul and Barnabas moment.  (Added 4-29-2019)

Court Rulings Escalate Talks of Church Split” by Heather Hahn via UMNS.  A round-up of reactions to the April 25 Judicial Council ruling.  (Added 4-29-2019)

The United Methodist O-So-Radical Plan” by Rebekah Miles. A Perkins professor analyses the Traditional Plan following the Judicial Council ruling.  (Added 4-29-2019)

The Briefing for Monday, April 29” by Al Mohler. The President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville comments on the recent Judicial Council decision. (Added 4-29-2019)

“Adam Hamilton on April Judicial Council Decisions” via Facebook.  Outlines the current landscape as he sees it.  (Added 4-27-2019)

The Judicial Council Decision — Where Does this Leave the UMC?” by Ben Witherington.  Perspective from a NT Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary.  (Added 4-27-2019)

Bishop Holston’s Statement on the Judicial Council Rulings on Traditional Plan, Disaffiliation” by Jonathan Holston.  From the bishop of South Carolina.  (Added 4-27-2019)

The United Methodist Church has Reached a Breaking Point.  Will Friday’s Ruling on LGBTQ Issues Split the Church?” by Elyssa Cherney via Chicago Tribune.  (Added 4-27-2019)

Statement on Judicial Council Decision 1378 (Traditional and Exit Plans)” by Reconciling Ministries Network. “The outcome is not surprising and does not change our plan to continue to resist the decisions of GC2019.” (Added 4-27-2019)

The UMC is Officially Anti-Gay” Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC.  Reaction to the April Judicial Council ruling.  (Added 4-27-2019)

Statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops” regarding the April 25 Judicial Council ruling.  (Added 4-27-2019)

Bishops Respond to Judicial Council Ruling on Special Session” by Ken Carter.  (Added 4-27-2019)

Reactions Pour in to Judicial Council Ruling on Traditional Plan” via UM Insight.  A round-up of responses.  (Added 4-27-2019)

Constitutional but Unchristian” by Alex de Silva Souto via UM Forward.  “The Judicial Council put the final nail in the coffin of the UMC.”  (Added 4-27-2019)

Remarks on the April 25 Judicial Council Decisions” by Chris Ritter (Added 4-26-2019)

Judicial Council Affirms the Traditional Plan” a statement by Good News.  (Added 4-26-2019)

Traditional Plan and Exit Provision are Constitutional” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  (Added 4-26-2019)

Judicial Council Decision 1378” The decision rendered by the UMC’s top court on GC2019 Legislation.  (Added 4-26-2019)

Opening Brief” by Tom Berlin, Jay Brim, Evelyn Caterson, Lonnie Chafin, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Adam Hamilton, Mark Holland, Phil Moots, Dave Nuckols, Donna Pritchard, and Cynthia Weems.  Added here to show the (rejected) arguments made for throwing out the entire Traditional Plan.  (Added 4-26-2019)

Court OK’s Part of Traditional Plan, Exit Plan” by Linda Bloom via UMNS.  (Added 4-26-2019)

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)

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)

GC2019: Analysis

The Consent of the Governed” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. “It has become strikingly evident over the past several months that a significant part of The United Methodist Church no longer gives its consent to be governed by the church, despite those vows.” (Added 6-28-2019)

Holiness, Love, Repentance, and the LGBTQ Agenda” by Kenneth Collins via Juicy Ecumenism.  (Added 6-25-2019)

Blair Trystad-Stowe: History of the Global Connection” via UM & Global.  Historical perspective on our global church in the wake of GC2019.  (Added 6-18-2019)

Down the Rabbit Hole with the United Methodists” by Rebeckah Miles via UM Insight.  A critique of the Traditional Plan legislation.  Note:  the omitted word “practicing” was added in the editorial review process.  (Added 5-20-2019)

Book Review: Ashley Boggan Dreff’s Entangled” by Bob Phillips.  (Added 5-4-2019)

Can Churches Depart the United Methodist Church with their Property?” by Keith Boyette via WCA.  (Added 5-3-2019)

A Statement on Ordination Standards by the Renewal and Reform Coalition” via Good News.  Remarks on the omission of “practicing” from some of the GC2019 additions to the Discipline.  (Added 9-3-2019)

It Turns Out that the United Methodist Church is Basically Traditionalist/Evangelical” by Daniel McLain Hixon.  (Added 5-1-2019)

The United Methodist O-So-Radical Plan” by Rebekah Miles. A Perkins professor analyses the Traditional Plan following the Judicial Council ruling.  (Added 4-29-2019)

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)

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:  Improper Voting?

Confirmed: Voter Fraud at General Conference” by Mark Holland via Mainstream UMC. Charges of a conservative conspiracy. (Added 8-22-2019)

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: Statements by Bishops

Council of Bishops Affirms Connectional Table’s Work on U.S. Structure” by Press Release.  Some are concerned this will lead to neutralizing African votes on marriage and human sexuality.  (Added 5-16-2019)

Bishops Offer Pastoral Word, Make Key Decisions at May 2019 Meeting” via Press Release.  An official summary of the May 2019 Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago.  *(Added 5-13-2019)

Why I’m Hopeful” by Elaine Stanovsky.  The bishop of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area shares her thoughts following the May 2019 Council of Bishops Meeting.  (Added 5-11-2019)

A Common Word from the Council of Bishops, May 9, 2019”  The statement of the UM Council of Bishops following their May 2019 Meeting.  (Added 5-10-2019)

It’s Going to Be OK” a video from the May 2019 Council of Bishops’ meeting.  Bishop Bob Farr says it is important to say, “It is going to be OK” even when you don’t believe it.  Bishop Dyck mentions a “new affiliation.” (Added 5-7-2019)

Chicago Bishop Posts Video; Florida Pastor Faces Charges” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight.  A video by Bishop Sally Dyck addressing the Exit Path approved at GC2019. (Added 5-7-2019)

Bishops Begin Meeting at ‘Chaotic’ Moment” by Health Hahn via UMNS.  Report from the May 2019 Judicial Council decision.  (Added 5-6-2019)

Bishop Carter Urges the UMC to ‘Welcome Unconditionally, Walk Together, and Worship Constantly” by UMNS.  News from the Opening Worship Service of the May 2019 Council of Bishops’ meeting.  (Added 5-6-2019)

U.S. Methodist Leaders Lay Plans to Resist Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage” by Julie Zauzmer via The Washington Post.  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson 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

Remaining Faithful: A Call to Global Prayer” by Methodist Evangelicals Together.  Evangelicals in British Methodism ask their global partners to  pray and fast with them in advance of a key vote on human sexuality.  (Added 6-8-2019)

Methodist Church Report Recommends Changing Rules to Allow Same-Sex Weddings in Its Chapels” via Christianity Today.  A report from the Methodist Church in England.  (Added 5-14-2019)

Split Possible After Methodists Uphold Marriage Stance” by David Roach via Baptist Press.  (Added 4-30-2019)

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

Western Pa. Methodists Elect Conservative Delegates to Next Conference” by Peter Smith via Pittsburg Post-Gazette.  All delegates supporting the OCP were replaced with Traditionalists in the WPA Annual Conference.  (Added 6-13-2019)

Colorado Springs Methodists Consider Leaving Historic Denomination Amid LGBTQ Exclusion” by Steve Rabey via The Colorado Springs Gazette.  News of a new Progressive network and churches possibly exercising the exit provision.  (Added 5-78-2019)

The Wesley Center’s Openly Queer Pastor to Resign Amidst Church Tensions” by Julia DeGiacomo via The Daily Iowan.  Anna Blaedel, who proclaimed on the floor of the Iowa Annual Conference that she is a self-avowed, practicing homosexual, resigns her position. (Added 5-3-2019)

Teens Protest United Methodist Church for Stance on LGBTQ Issues” by Paul Bios via The Daily Wire.  Ben Shapiro shared this link to a story about Jimmy Creech’s former congregation.  See also here. (Added 5-1-2019)

The United Methodist Church has Reached a Breaking Point.  Will Friday’s Ruling on LGBTQ Issues Split the Church?” by Elyssa Cherney via Chicago Tribune.  (Added 4-27-2019)

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)