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Love is Making Room: Reclaiming the Welcoming Table” (LINK REPAIRED) via North Georgia Cabinet. The bishop and cabinet of America’s largest conference call for an end to disagreement over LGBTQ issues in favor of full inclusion. (Added 4-13-2021)

Maine Congregations Break Away from United Methodist Church over LGBTQ Policies” by Gillian Graham via Press Herald. HopeGateWay, New Brackett, Chebeague Island, and Tuttle Road UMC’s leave the UMC because of restrictive LGBTQ policies. (Added 4-12-2021)

Retired Episcopal Bishop Herzog Joins Bishop Love in Anglican Church” by Jeffrey Walton via Juicy Ecumenism. Another traditionalists Episcopal bishop leaves for the ACNA. The direction of the TEC is often cited as a harbinger for the UMC following a traditionalists exit. (Added 4-12-2021)

Agree to Differ?” by Jack Harnish. A motto of E. Stanley Jones is applied to the UMC’s current impasse. See also here. (Added 4-12-2021)

Getting the UM Church Un-Stuck” by Thomas Lambrecht via Good News. A helpful summary of where things stand in the UMC in April 2021. (Added 4-9-2021)

On Bishop-Picking and Military Selection Boards” by Bob Phillips via PeopleNeedJesus.net. Lessons from the U.S. Navy in selecting top leaders. (Added 4-9-2021)

The Seven Churches of the UMC Today” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. A 2021 reboot of a 1985 article outlining the perceivable sub-denominations that make up United Methodism and how they might relate to separation. (Added 4-8-2021)

Clergy Under Complaint: A Broken Process [Guest Article]” by Drew Ensz via Hacking Christianity. An elder in the Virginia Conference shares the experience of being under complaint for conducting a same-sex wedding. Note the trend of having a friend file the complaint so a friendly resolution can be reached to avoid a trial. (Added 4-7-2021)

Restructuring Legislation Gets a Hearing” by Gladys Mangiduyos via UMNS. The Christmas Covenant is promoted at an event in the Philippines. (Added 4-6-2021)

A Brief Defense of Authentic Bishops” by Keith Sweat. In spite of the corruption of the UMC’s episcopacy, the reformation of the church requires restoration and preservation of the office of bishop. (Added 3-6-2021)

New Denominations in 2020: The Liberation Methodist Connexion and Vanguard Presbytery” via Ready to Harvest (Youtube). A report on the Liberation Methodist Connexion for a wider audience interested in denominations. (Added 4-5-2021)

A Statement from Archbishop Beach on the Reception of Bishop Love” via Anglican Church in North America. An Episcopal Bishop Ousted for now allowing same-sex marriage in his diocese is welcomed as a retired bishop in the ACNA. United Methodists have watched the trial of Bishop Love as an indication of how traditionalists might be treated in a post-separation UMC. (Added 4-3-2021)

We Refute False Claims Made by IRD” by Rev. Ande Emmanuel via UM Insight. A response to a report on Juicy Ecumenism regarding a statement by Nigerian leaders stating “African Voices for Unity” does not speak for them. (Added 4-2-2021)

Perfect Love: Entire Sanctification and the Future of Methodism with Kevin Watson” via WCA’s Holy Conversations Podcast. Candler’s Dr. Kevin Watson discuss his upcoming book and the theological distinctives of a renewed Methodism. (Added 4-1-2021)

The Hollowing Out of the United Methodist Church” by David Scott via UM & Global. The consequences of GC2022 not being able to approve major legislation like The Protocol. (Added 3-31-2021)

Letter to the Church in North Katanga” by Mr. Kabah Kasongo, Rev. Ben Banza and Rev. Louis Kasongo. African leaders from the largest conference in United Methodism warn their conference about those supporting the Christmas Covenant denominational regionalization plan. (Added 3-31-2021)

Confessing Movement Responds to May 8 GC Cancellation” via Confessing Movement Facebook Page. Restates support for the Protocol, calls for action on the Protocol at earliest possible date, and calls the church to patience. (Added 3-31-2021)

Conservative Episcopal Bishop: Out!” by Jeffrey Walton via Juicy Ecumenism. Bishop William Love, found guilty of not allowing same-sex marriage in his diocese, leaves the Episcopal Church and hopes to be received into the ACNA. (Added 3-30-2021)

Northeastern Bishops Announce Retirements, Temporary Assignments” by Press Release via UM Insight. Bishop Perry Johnson and Jeremiah Park take voluntary retirement September 1 and their episcopal areas will be covered by other NEJ bishops. (Added 3-30-2021)

Why the May 8 General Conference Failed” by David Scott via UM & Global. “The failed May 8 General Conference is an instance in which one bloc within The United Methodist Church (the Institutionalist bishops) tried to act to accomplish one of its goals without giving other blocs an opportunity to accomplish any of their goals at the same time and seemingly without significant prior consultation with other blocs.” (Added 3-29-2021)

We Need the Global Methodist Church” by Riley Case. Originally shared on The Confessing Movement Facebook Page, Case offers a historical perspective on what is being lost in United Methodism. (Added 3-29-2021)

Unity in Mission – Africa” via Christmas Covenant Youtube. An English Language Webinar on the Christmas Covenant legislation. (Added 3-29-2021)

Human Sexuality in the Congo Central Conference” by Pastor Ben Ilunga Banza and Mr. Kabah Mwenze Kasongo Kabah. A pastor a seminary student bring forth accusations against Bishops Mande, Lunge, and Yemba regarding manipulation and intimidation of General Conference delegates and clergy in support of U.S. Centrists. (Added 3-26-2021)

Statement from Bishop John Wesley Yohanna” via Nigeria Episcopal area. This is the document on which The Guardian article seems to have been based. Clarifies Bishop Yohanna’s plan to be part of the new denomination. He “stands strongly in opposition” to the Christmas Covenant regionalization plan. (Added 3-26-2021)

Council of Bishops Cancels Special General Conference” by Keith Boyette via WCA. Calls upon passage of Protocol at earliest possible date. “The WCA celebrates recent announcements by three leading bishops in Africa who have signaled their intent to align with this new traditional expression of Methodism.” (Added 3-26-2021)

An Open Letter to Adam Hamilton and Other Centrists: Where Lie the Boundaries?” by Stephen Rankin. The chaplain of SMU asks Centrists about their doctrinal boundaries. (Added 3-25-2021)

New Budget Must Wait for General Conference” by Linda Bloom via UMNS. The Judicial Council rules that the current apportionment rate is still in effect until General Conference meets to create a new budget. (Added 3-25-2021)

We’re Stuck” by Sky McCracken via UM Insight. The Senior Pastor of First UMC in Jackson takes to social media to tell people to ignore what they see on social media and focus on ministry in the local church. (Added 3-25-2021)

UMC Bishop Vows to Quit Over Homosexual Ordination” by Charles Akpeji via Guardian. Bishop John Wesley Yohanna of Nigeria: “Christian identity will take precedence above the name UMC.” (Added 3-25-2021)

Bishop Kasap Owan Declaration on the Issue that Preoccupies the UMC” by Bishop Kasap Owan. The resident bishop of the Southern Congo Episcopal Area makes a statement in favor of the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-24-2021)

Frequently Asked Questions from Churches Seeking to Leave the United Methodist Church” via Dalton & Tomich (Youtube). The leading law firm representing congregations seeking to leave the UMC shares this video taking a dim view on the prospects for the Protocol. (Added 3-24-2021)

Judge Rules for SMU Over Jurisdiction” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. The claims of the South Central Jurisdiction were dismissed in their lawsuit to control Southern Methodist University after the institution removed church appointment of trustees from their bylaws. (Added 3-23-2021)

UM Bishops Choose to Stop, Collaborate, and Listen. Will We?” by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. Progressive blogger hopes that the listening sessions between now and April will result in wider solutions. (Added 3-23-2021)

Court Clarifies Decision on Clergy Session Voting” by Linda Bloom via UMNS. The Judicial Council issues a ruling affecting one of the twelve legislative items that was to have been handled at the now-cancelled GC on May 8. (Added 3-22-2021)

Breaking News: Bishops Cancel May 8 General Conference” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. The Council of Bishops met on March 22 and rescinded their call for a May 8 virtual General Conference. See also Press Statement. See Letter from Jerry Kulah of Africa Initiative protesting the called session. (Added 3-22-2021)

Why Stop at Censuring Social Media Posts? The Bible Needs Censure Too” by Frank Schaefer. United Methodist clergy defrocked for performing same-sex weddings says, “Ideally, we should ban such problematic passages from the Bible altogether.” (Added 3-20-2021)

Gay Drag Queen Becomes Ministry Candidate at Heart of United Methodist Church Split” by Charlie Schlenker and Catrina Petersen via WGLT (NPR). An audio interview with Isaac Simmons, recently certified as a candidate for ministry in the Vermillion River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the UMC. (Added 3-20-2021)

Episcopal Address of the Liberia Annual Conference” by Bishop Samuel Quire. “When division happens, the Liberia Annual will look forward to partnering with other United Methodist traditionalists all around the world to create a truly global Methodist church that is rooted in Scripture, and the great teachings of the Christian faith down through the ages.” (Added 3-20-2021)

Rise Up, O Church of God — Have Done with Lesser Things” by Timothy Tennent. President of Asbury Theological Seminary: “We must live in the present as if we have already been set free for renewed mission in the world. After all, our hope is not in the Protocol. We do not stand trembling before the Council of Bishops waiting for them to tell us, yet again, they are still committed to showing us the door. We stand before the risen Christ!” (Added 3-19-2021)

Recommended Reading: Unity and Schism in the Philippines” by David Scott via UM & Global. A round-up of recent statements shedding light on whether the Philippines will be a region in the psUMC or a part of the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-19-2021)

Delegates: Bishops’ Plan Oversteps Bounds” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. A group of progressive delegates is upset that they are being asked to hold off on electing new bishops. (Added 3-18-2021)

Schism Decision on Hold, United Methodist Bishop Addresses Way Forward” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service. Bishop LaTrelle Easterling addresses the Baltimore-Washington Conference in a State of the Church Address. (Added 3-18-2021)

Nigerian Leaders Support UMC Separation, Reject ‘African Voices for Unity’” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. Leaders from four West African conferences issue a statement in support of the Protocol. (Added 3-18-2021)

Holy Conversations: The Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline of the Global Methodist Church” via WCA. A podcast episode with Bob Kaylor and Keith Boyette about the Discipline that will guide the church up to a convening conference. (Added 3-18-2021)

Filipino UMC Leaders Stand with Global Methodist Church, Oppose ‘Christmas Covenant’ Regionalization” via Juicy Ecumenism. A Statement by Filipino UM Leaders. (Added 3-16-2021)

Why I Don my Drag Today – Isaac Simmons” via Reconciling Ministries. United Methodism’s first (open) drag queen clergy candidate shares his story. (Added 3-16-2021)

Yes, Virginia, Drag Queens Can Be Called to Ministry, Too” by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. Jeremy takes another swipe at Chris Ritter as he supports Isaac Simmons’ candidacy for United Methodist ministry. (Added 3-16-2021)

United Methodist Drag Queen Discusses Ordination Candidacy” by Dan Moran via Juicy Ecumenism. Reporting on an online conversation with JJ Warren and Isaac Simmons about converting the church. (Added 3-16-2021)

UMC Fracture Marks Moment of Change” by Jane Ellen Nickell via UM Insight. “While LMX, Out of Chaos, and the Christmas Covenant all consider future possibilities that this disruption in the status quo might permit, traditionalists remain wedded to the past.” (Added 3-15-2021)

JJ Warren Interviews Penny Cost (aka Isaac Simmons) via Instagram. An interview with drag queen certified as a candidate for ministry in the UMC. Plans to evangelize the conservative caucuses of the UMC by subverting Christian symbols. JJ: “When I think of conversion, I don’t think of people outside Christianity, but Christians themselves.” (Added 3-12-2021)

Wesleyans and Sexual Chaos” by Mark Ongley via Firebrand Magazine. The church’s silence on the Christian vision for human sexuality has been meet with a sexual tsunami by our culture. (Added 3-15-2021)

The UMC’s Drag Queen Clergy Candidate” by Dan Moran via Juicy Ecumenism. Reporting on Isaac Simmons who was recently unanimously approved for certification as a candidate for ordained ministry by the Vermillion River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. (Added 3-13-2021)

Fault Lines in the New Traditionalist Denomination” by Arthur Collins. The potential points of division within the newly announced Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-13-2021)

Does Regionalization Replace Separation?” by Thomas Lambrecht via Good News. The impact of regionalization on the UMC. (Added 3-12-2021)

Alaska Delegates Propose Omnibus Legislation to Move UMC Beyond Impasse” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. Coverage of a proposal to link the Separation Protocol with a global Regionalization Plan for the UMC. (Added 3-12-2021)

Prayers with Penny: The Holy Rosary” via Isaac Simmons’ Facebook Page. On March 4 Isaac Simmons, a self-described drag queen, was unanimously certified as a candidate for ordained ministry by the Vermillion River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Certification is an important step that opens access to denominational funding for ministerial training. Hope Church in Bloomington, an IGRC church plant and Isaac’s home congregation, has recently removed videos of drag-queen-led worship from their Facebook page. Isaac (not dressed as “Penny Cost”) has been featured at events sponsored by “IGRC for Unity,” a group that successfully championed the election of a majority progressive GC delegation in 2019. Update: See a Statement and further statement by Isaac Simmons posted Friday morning. (Added 3-12-2021)

Can a Divided Church Serve a Divided Society?” commentary by Paul Stallsworth via UMNS. Leader in the pro-life caucus of the UMC calls for unity. (Added 3-12-2021)

The Continuing Roles of the Wesleyan Covenant Association in Developing the Global Methodist Church” by Keith Boyette via WCA. The role of WCA in this time leading up to separation. (Added 3-12-2021)

Statement of Unity of the Manila Episcopal Area Cabinet” via MEA Facebook Page. A statement generally supporting regionalization and warning against hasty separation. (Added 3-12-2021)

Segregationism and the Corruption of Methodist Discipline (or how 20th Century Methodists broke Methodism)” by Scott Kisker via Firebrand Magazine. This article published in July 2020 outlines how jurisdictionalism led to the decline of Methodist discipline. (Added 3-11-2021)

Statement by Bishop Laurie Haller via Iowa Conference UMC. The Iowa Conference has an Ezekiel Team that plans for an orderly separation and cooperation between two denominations following separation. (Added 3-11-2021)

Pharisees for the Control of Christ: The Attack on the United Methodist Church by Conservative Evangelical Christians” by David Bryant. A response the the announced formation of the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-9-2021)

A Time for Clarity” by Rob Renfroe via Good News. A call for the special session of GC on May 8 to act on The Protocol. (Added 3-8-2021)

General Conference Postponed: Virtual Meeting Needs Protocol Action” by Thomas Lambrecht. The Protocol should be placed on the May 8 agenda with all dates adjusted one year forward to account for the COVID delay. (Added 3-8-2021)

The Global Methodist Church is Happening: A Reflection on Division” by Jeremy Vickers via Firebrand Magazine. Hopes that Methodists can do better than burning each other’s banners. (Added 3-8-2021)

Just Announced: The Global Methodist Church” by Ready to Harvest via Youtube. An 8-minute overview of what led up to the announcement of the Global Methodist Church, along with a prediction that it may become larger than the UMC. (Added 3-6-2021)

Thinking About a Disunited Future: Questions, Terms, and Faultlines to Ponder” by Terry Mattingly via Get Religion. Analysis of the pending split aimed at helping reporters covering developments understand the landscape. (Added 3-6-2021)

A Fresh Start” by Thomas Lambrecht via Good News. The formation of the Global Methodist Church creates an opportunity for Methodists to begin again. (Added 3-5-2021)

Going Global” by Chappell Temple. A member of the writing team for the draft Book of Doctrines and Discipline reflects on the announcement of the intended formation of the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-5-2021)

The Next Methodism Fund” via WCA. A mechanism for congregations and individuals to financially support the launch of the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-5-2021)

A Look at the Council of Bishops Proposal” by Forbes Matonga. A clergy delegate from Zimbabwe West reflects on the legislative items proposed by the COB for the May 8 Special Session. (Added 3-5-2021)

Disappointment, Expectation, and Hope” via Confessing Movement. Response to the delay in General Conference. (Added 3-4-2021)

The Protocol and Waiting for Godot” by Keith Sweat. The Protocol is good but will never come to a vote. (Added 3-4-2021)

Court Finalizes Agreement Between Glide and California-Nevada Annual Conference” via Glide Church. The church formerly led by Bishop Karen Oliveto has now departed from the UMC. (Added 3-4-2021)

A New Era in United Methodist Politics: New Parties” by David Scott via UM & Global. The new political caucuses vying for control of the UMC. See also Part One. (Added 3-4-2021)

Why IGRC Should Join the Global Methodist Church” by Chris Ritter via PeopleNeedJesus.net. An appeal that United Methodism has been a disaster for Illinois Methodism and a call to join the new Methodist movement. (Added 3-4-2021)

Global Methodism’s New Church” by Mark Tooley via The Gospel Coalition. An article aimed at those outside Methodism to inform them of the plans for a new church. (Added 3-4-2021)

United Methodist Conservatives Detail Breakaway Plans Over Gay Inclusion” by Associate Press via NBC News. Outside coverage. (Added 3-3-2021)

“Conservative United Methodists Plan Breakaway Denomination” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Christianity Today. Outside coverage of the planned Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-3-2021)

“It Is Time to Separate” by Stephen Rankin via UMNS. Commentary from the Chaplain of Southern Methodist University. (Added 3-3-2021)

Another GC2020 Delay Brings Relief, Chagrin” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. A round-up of responses to the second postponement of General Conference. (Added 3-2-2021)

Millions of Methodists will go left — but Millions More will be Right” by Steve Jordahl via One News Now. Mark Tooley predicts as many as 2.5 million Methodists in America will join the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-2-2021)

UMCNext’s Statement on the Delay of General Conference” via UMCNext.com. Calls upon the Protocol to be handled in 2022 and not before, and calls for a continuation of abeyance of clergy charges. (Added 3-2-2021)

United Methodist Leader who Helped Create United Methodism’s Separation Plan Dies of Cancer” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. Article on the passing of Junius Dotson focusing on his role in negotiating the Separation Protocol. (Added 3-2-2021)

Moving Together into Methodism’s Bright Future” via Mississippi Methodism. A March 1 event with Keith Boyette and Carolyn Moore of WCA. (Added 3-2-2021)

Conservative United Methodists Detail Breakaway Plans” by Onize Ohikere via World. Outside coverage of the March 1 announcement of the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-2-2021)

What the Juicy Ecumenism Article Doesn’t say about the UMC’s LGBTQ Bans” by Daniel Gangler via UM Insight. A response to John Lomperis. (Added 3-2-2021)

United Methodist Conservatives Detail Plans for a Breakaway” by Associated Press via One News Now. Outside coverage of the March 1 announcement of the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-2-2021)

We Press On” by Keith Boyette via WCA. “Admittedly the leadership of the general church confronts a conundrum. And their solution is to micromanage – even control – the process.” (Added 3-2-2021)

The Ill-Fated Impasse of United Methodist Theology” by Joerg Rieger via UM Insight. A liberationist response to the recent Hamilton/Lambrecht dialog: Neither Jesus nor Wesley were Centrists. (Added 3-1-2021)

A Vision of New United Methodism” by Stan Copeland via UMNS. The pastor of Lover’s Lane UMC shares a vision for a leaner, big-tent United Methodism. (Added 3-1-2021)

God’s Comeback: The Church of England Has Found God Again” by Marcus Walker via The Critic. “If you find a priest crossing his fingers during the creed or wincing at the mention of the Virgin Birth it is likely he was ordained many decades ago and is now floating around the edge of retirement.” (Added 3-1-2021)

What is Most Just in the Midst of Injustice” by Reconciling Ministries Network. Reaffirmation of support for the Separation Protocol and Christmas Covenant by the leading LGBTQ+ lobby in United Methodism. (Added 3-1-2021)

A New Era in United Methodist Politics: New Issues” by David Scott via UM & Global. The denominational system “no longer up the task” amidst decline and conflict. (Added 3-1-2021)

New Global Methodist Church Announces” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism. Coverage of the release of the Global Methodist Church name, logo, and website. (Added 3-1-2021)

Planned Denomination Gets Name” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. Coverage of the release of information a new, planned Methodist denomination. (Added 3-1-2021)

The Global Methodist Church” via the Holy Conversations Podcast. Bishop Robert Hayes and Keith Boyette answer questions about the Global Methodist Church. (Added 3-1-2021)

The Global Methodist Church Website. The official website of the Global Methodist Church includes the names of the Transitional Leadership Council, Transitional Book of Doctrine and Discipline, and other key information. (Added 3-1-2021)

The Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline of the Global Methodist Church. This is the Discipline that would govern churches joining the Global Methodist Church before the convening General Conference. (Added 3-1-2021)

The Global Methodist Church” by Walter Fenton via WCA. This is the article releasing detailed information on the Transitional Leadership Council, name, logo, and discipline of the new denomination being planned by traditionalists. (Added 3-1-2021)

General Conference Postponed Again” by Thomas Lambrecht via Firebrand Magazine. Coverage on the delay of GC. (Added 3-1-2021)

GC2020… I Mean 2022 (Part Two): What’s Good for the Goose” by David Livingston. A GC delegate from Kansas encourages traditionalists to leave under the Tayor Disaffiliation Provision. See also Part One. (Added 3-1-2021)

Pastoral Letter on GC Postponement” by Bishop David Bard via Minnesota UMC. “Some form of separation is likely to come, but has not yet arrived.” (Added 2-27-2021)

Special Episode: The UMC General Conference Delay” with Keith Boyette via WCA’s Holy Conversations Podcast. The President of WCA offers his initial thoughts to the announcements regarding General Conference. (Added 2-26-2021)

WCA Florida GC News Response” (video) with Jay Therrell. Initial thoughts on the delay in GC from the president of the Florida Chapter of WCA. (Added 2-26-2021)

United Methodists Remain on Clock: Will 2022 See Biggest Church Split Since Civil War? (Updated)” by Richard Ostling via Get Religion. Outside coverage. (Added 2-26-2021)

United Methodists Reschedule Meeting – and Decision on Splitting – Again” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service. Outside coverage of the delayed General Conference and special session. (Added 2-26-2021)

Writing Team Describes Vision Map Process” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. Q&A with the “Out of Chaos… Creation” group. (Added 2-26-2021)

Facing Hard Truths and Doing the Right Thing” by Joe DiPaolo via WCA. “I would argue that the UM Church has ceased, in any meaningful sense, truly to be a church.” (Added 2-26-2021)

Understanding the UMC General Conference Delay” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. Analysis of the delay of General Conference and a few “what if” scenarios. (Added 2-25-2021)

Statement by the Metro Santiago District of the Northeast Philippines AC” A district informed their annual conference they declare independence from the UMC and await the formation of a new traditional Methodist Church. See also this video. (Added 2-25-2021)

Making Sense of the Delayed GC and the Special GC News” by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. Progressive blogger analyzes the news about General Conference. (Added 2-25-2021)

General Conference Postponed Until 2022” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Coverage on where we stand with a delayed General Conference and a very limited special session. (Added 2-25-2021)

Technology Study Team Report This is the report to the Commission on General Conference. (Added 2-25-2021)

Council of Bishops Call Special, Limited Session” via COB website. (Added 2-25-2021)

General Conference Postponed Until 2022” via Resource UMC. (Added 2-25-2021)

A press release is expected at any moment from the Council of Bishops announcing a special called session of General Conference on May 8, 2021.  It will be a virtual meeting using paper balloting on a VERY limited agenda.  No debates.  Yes or no vote will be held on a small package of measures to keep the church functional.  No Protocol.  No human sexuality legislation.  The jurisdictions will meet following General Conference at some point. (2-25-2021: 10:35 CST)

At the Northeast Philippines Annual Conference currently in session, the Metro Santiago District announced a declaration of separation from the UMC. They state they will join the new traditional Methodist denomination when it forms. The conference has taken no plenary action and Bishop Torio is urging the conference to wait on passage of The Protocol. (Added 2-24-2021)

Our Commitment” by Bishops Alsted, Ruckert, and Streiff. Three European bishops long for regionalization and promise to respect those who agree with the current position of the UMC who nonetheless stay in the church once that position is altered. “Some sort of separation appears inevitable.” (Added 2-24-2021)

Church’s Future Again a Hot Topic” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. A round-up of recent developments around the future of the UMC. (Added 2-24-2021)

The Broken Promise of UM Separation Protocol: Methodist Bishops Close and Sell Church Properties” by Dalton & Tomich. A video produced by the leading law firm representing UM congregations against their conferences. (Added 2-23-2021)

Data About the Two New Methodist Denominations” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. Theological differences of the emerging denominations. (Added 2-22-2021)

Approaching Separation: A Rejoinder to Adam Hamilton” by Thomas Lambrecht via Good News. A reply to Hamilton’s critique of Lambrecht’s summary on the reasons for the coming separation. (Added 2-20-2021)

Christmas Covenant Website and Videos Launched” by Press Release via UM Insight. The launch of a website to promote a global regionalization plan for the UMC. (Added 2-19-2021)

Debunking Untruths of Africa Initiative Articles” by Albert Otshudi Longe via UM Insight. A Congolese lay person, a former staffer with General Board of Church and Society, is critical of recent statements from Forbes Matonga and the Africa Initiative. (Added 2-19-2021)

Traditionalists in Panic Mode as they Lobby the #UMC to prioritize The Protocol over Pandemic Relief” by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. Jeremy Smith politicizes the pandemic all United Methodists are struggling to overcome. (Added 2-18-2021)

Africa and the United Methodist ‘Protocol’” by Forbes Matonga via Juicy Ecumenism. The third part in a series on where the African UMC stands. Three options for the future are explored. The author supports Africa joining a new traditional Methodist denomination. (Added 2-18-2021)

Time for New Complaints, Charges, Against Renegade UMC Clergy?” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. It is time to uphold the decisions made at General Conference. (Added 2-18-2021)

Statement of Nigerian Leaders” by key leaders of the Nigeria Episcopal area. A response to an earlier statement by “African Voices for Unity” that clarifies the earlier statement affirming a regionalized UMC does not speak for them. This group supports The Protocol. (Added 2-18-2021)

Considering the Dissolution of the UMC” by Darryl Stephens via UM Insight. An interesting round-up of ideas for doing away with the General Conference of the UMC. (Added 2-17-2021)

Scrutinizing the Proposed Hold on New Bishops” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Coverage of responses to the proposals to elect no new bishops this quadrennia due to budgetary restraints and uncertainty. (Added 2-17-2021)

A Coalition of Traditional Leaders Continues to Support the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” via Good News. A statement in support of the Protocol by Traditionalist bishops and renewal leaders. (Added 2-16-2021)

An Insider’s Outline of the Views of African United Methodists (Part Two of Three” by Forbes Matonga via Juicy Ecumenism. In the second part of this three-part series, Matonga shares the nature and perspectives of African United Methodism. (Added 2-16-2021)

A Church in Schism: An African Perspective on the Theological Impasse in the UMC (Part One of Three)” by Forbes Matonga via Juicy Ecumenism. A General Conference delegate from Africa shares his perspective to the American UMC. (Added 2-16-2021)

An Open Letter to the U.S. Bishops of the UMC” by JJ Warren. Progressive criticism of a plan to place a moratorium on the election of new bishops in response to budget concerns. (Added 2-15-2021)

Will the #UMC Delegates save Bishops from Themselves?” by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. Smith worries that a plan to reduce the number of bishops will give traditionalists a majority on the Council of Bishops. (Added 2-12-2021)

The Case for a Virtual General Conference (Part Two)” by Thomas Lambrecht via Good News. In spite of some lingering uncertainties, a virtual or distributed General Conference 2021 should be planned. (Added 2-12-2021)

Grandview Church Formalizes Split from the UMC” via Press Release shared on UM Insight. A Progressive congregation exits the UMC and creates a new, more inclusive network for Methodists. (Added 2-12-2021)

Getting to a Decision” by Keith Boyette via WCA. The President of WCA calls for passage of The Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation sooner rather than later. We need the will to act and move forward. (Added 2-12-2021)

General Agencies Cutting Back (Part One)” by Kathy Gilbert and Jim Patterson via UMNS. The General agencies of the UMC begin an uncertain process of downsizing. See also Part Two of Two. (Added 2-12-2021)

A Virtual General Conference Faces Hurdles” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Analysis of the issues surrounding a virtual or distributed General Conference in advance of a big decision by the Commission on General Conference. (Added 2-12-2021)

Two Questions While Waiting for a New Methodism (Part One)” by Greg Stover via West Ohio WCA. Calls for patience and endurance amidst delays in passage of The Protocol. (Added 2-11-2021)

Another Protocol?” by Chris Ritter via PeopleNeedJesus.net. A brief review of the newly proposed “Protocol for Gracious Unity” and denominational tensions around the existing Protocol. (Added 2-10-2021)

A Church that Imports Pastors is a Mission Field” by David Scott via UM & Global. Unable to produce its own leaders, the UMC in America is a mission field. (Added 2-10-2021)

The Protocol for Graceful Unity“. There is a plan surfacing among some bishops to reject the Protocol in favor of a redesign of the UMC along both regional and ideological lines. A cross between the Christmas Covenant and the Connectional Conference Plan, this creates a progressive and traditional set of annual conferences within each of the four global regions. See the Legislation here. Check out the documents below. I understand this is being circulated among delegates and that a website is forthcoming. See also the following document by Bishop Gary Mueller published Feb. 2020: “The Need for Space and a New Form of Unity” (Added 2-9-2021)

Understanding the United Methodist Church Split: How We Got Here, the Basics of the Protocol, and the Choices Ahead” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. An audio/video discussion of the separation of the UMC. (Added 2-8-2021)

UMC to Split Virtually?” by David Donnan via YouTube. A South Georgia Conference UMC pastors offers a video reaction to “Moving Ahead in the UMC: A Distributed General Conference” by Chris Ritter in Firebrand Magazine. (Added 2-8-2021)

Moving Ahead in the UMC: A Distributed General Conference” by Chris Ritter via Firebrand Magazine. Written for non-insiders to describe the concept of a distributed General Conference. (Added 2-8-2021)

If I Were Thinking of Joining a New Methodist Denomination” by Jack Harnish. Leaving the UMC involves more than some people might be presently considering. (Added 2-8-2021)

The Case for a Virtual General Conference, Part One” by Thomas Lambrecht via Good News. The first installment of a detailed article arguing for a virtual General Conference 2021 that includes the Protocol. (Added 2-6-2021)

Letter to the UM Bishops of Africa from ‘Africa Voices for Unity’” by Ande Immanuel, Lloyd Nyarota et. al. Ten Africans write to bishops arguing for African unity and regionalization of the UMC. (Added 2-6-2021)

Report to Jurisdictional Delegates to General Conference” by Rick King, CFO GCFA. A PPT presentation to GC delegates from the General Council on Finance and Administration recommending a 25% cut. (Added 2-6-2021)

Will the Drivers of the United Methodist Church Take Responsibility?” by Jeremy Smith via UM Insight. Conservatism is somehow to blame to the woes of the UMC. (Added 2-6-2021)

No Church Left Behind” via Florida WCA (Vimeo). An effort to support Haitian and Hispanic congregations by the Florida Chapter of the WCA. (Added 2-6-2021)

WCA Task Force Launches the Nehemiah Journey” by Walter Fenton via WCA. The Church Revitalization Task Force of WCA begins a pilot project aimed at church revitalization. (Added 2-6-2021)

A Response to Thomas Lambrecht” by Adam Hamilton. A Response to Lambrecht’s “Primary Reasons for Separation” article in which Hamilton defends UM Centrists and the idea of a big tent UMC. (Added 2-4-2021)

The Barriers Against a Virtual General Conference” by Jeremy Smith via UM Insight. A very complete article outlining the pitfalls and potential problems of a virtual General Conference. (Added 2-4-2021)

Regionalization Would Have Prevented Some Problems with Delayed General Conference 2020” by David Scott via UM & Global. Promoting the Regionalization of the UMC as a way to respond more quickly to crises like COVID. Note: Alongside the Alaska Ominbus, this is another item representing efforts to link the Protocol and the Christmas Covenant. (Added 2-3-2021)

Is It Time to Leave the Riffraff for Rome?” by Jason Vickers via Firebrand Magazine. An Asbury professor reflects on whether the split in United Methodism will accelerate the exodus of theologians from Mainline Christianity to Roman Catholicism. (Added 2-1-2021)

Pandemic Challenges for General Conference” by Walter Fenton via WCA. A summary of the current situation with General Conference 2021. (Added 1-29-2021)

The Alaska Omnibus Proposal” via the GC Delegation of the Alaska Annual Conference. The delegation of the Alaska AC recommends grouping The Protocol, the Christmas Covenant, and Wespath Proposals into one omnibus motion to come before GC2021. Note that the Christmas Covenant (Regionalization) plan requires amendments/ratification and the Protocol does not. This may be a way to boost support for something traditionalists would otherwise reject. The framers of this plan make some miscellaneous additions that will require careful scrutiny and (I think) clutter their proposal. (Added 1-21-2021)

Vaccines Won’t Save General Conference 2021” by David Scott via UM & Global. Reasons why GC2021 will need to be postponed again or held virtually. (Added 1-27-2021)

Salvaging ‘Catholic Spirit’ in the Context of Contempt” by Donald Haynes via Firebrand Magazine. The Protocol as an expression of the Catholic Spirit. (Added 1-25-2021)

Why the United Methodist Church is REALLY splitting: The Big Picture History” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. A breakdown in doctrine and discipline is at the heart of the separation of the UMC. (Added 1-21-2021)

Save the Date to Go Global” via WCA. The new date for the previously postponed Global Gathering. May 1 at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama. (Added 1-19-2021)

Words Matter” by Robin Scott via New Methodist Movement. A episcopal candidate voices frustration that some would use the pandemic as an excuse to back away from The Protocol. (Added 1-19-2021)

Separation Nitty-Gritty: The Trust Clause and the Lien” by Chris Ritter via PeopleNeedJesus.net. The first is a series of posts exploring relevant details of the coming separation of the UMC. (Added 1-15-2021)

Historical Denman Building Closes with Bittersweet Memories” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. Reporting on the closure of a facility operated by the General Board of Discipleship. (Added 1-15-2021)

Recommended Viewing: Christmas Covenant Videos” by David Scott. The Director of Mission Theology at Global Ministries shares video links in support of The Christmas Covenant Plan supporting the global regionalization of the UMC. (Added 1-15-2021)

Grappling with a Postponed General Conference” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Reporting on the continuing questions about the when and how of the next UMC General Conference. (Added 1-8-2021)

From Strife to the Better Angels of Our Nature” by Keith Boyette via WCA. The President of WCA comments on the violence in the nation’s capitol. (Added 1-8-2021)

“‘Amen and A-woman’: Emmanuel Cleaver’s Prayer Mocks U.S. Civil Religion” by Mark Tooley. A US Congressman and UMC Clergy makes news with his prayer before congress. (Added 1-4-2021)

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