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The United Methodist Church Releases 2021 State of the Church Report” Press Release via Resource UMC. The Connectional Table offers to speak on behalf of the UMC and asks “Who do we say we are?” in a video message. (Added 7-5-2022)

Is The United Methodist Church really…? (Part 1)” via Ask UMC. The UMC is not splitting (it’s splintering), traditionalists are not asked to leave, the official doctrine and Bible will not change, and the current Wespath plans are not available to the GMC. (Added 7-5-2022)

Watch Your Language: Of Schism and Mitosis in the United Methodist Church” by Bob Phillips via Firebrand Magazine. “It is time for the people of the Wesleyan way to let others go gracefully or to go gracefully, rather than backing out of the saloon door with guns blazing on left and right.” (Added 7-5-2022)

The Current Thriving of Fringe Methodism” by Daniel Ethan Harris via Firebrand Magazine. Methodism distinguished from the denominations that bear the name. (Added 7-5-2022)

A church divided: Split of Methodist denomination already underway” by Jim Beam via American Press. First in two-part coverage of the division of the UMC. (Added 7-4-2022)

Tweet by Drew McIntyre. “It doesn’t matter if the #UMC doctrinal standards (such as the Articles of Religion & EUB Confession) cannot be altered. It matters if they actually function as standards for our proclamation, teaching, and practice.” (Added 7-2-2022)

The Weaponization of ‘Orthodoxy’” by Michael Adam Beck. Draws upon Irenaeus to support the theology of the post-separation UMC. (Added 7-2-2022)

Overheard: A first batch of congregations were received into the Global Methodist Church on July 1. Examples: St. Luke’s UMC in Kokomo, IN is now The ConneXion Church. Dayton UMC in Indiana is now Gathering Point Church. (Added 7-2-2022)

World’s Oldest Methodist Church to Allow Gay Marriages” via BBC. British coverage of gay weddings now being allowed in Wesley’s New Room. (Added 7-1-2022)

Summer state and regional meetings give a preview of how the split is going in the United Methodist Church” by Cynthia Astle via Baptist News Global. “Unofficially, the tally of departing churches stands between 750 and 1,000 of the more than 30,000 U.S. congregations, based on news reports from the conferences and local media.” (Added 7-1-2022)

A global re-negotiation of separation?” by David Scott via UM & Global. Explores whether there is room for another globally-negotiated separation of the UMC. (Added 7-1-2022)

Major Challenges Facing The United Methodist Church Part II” by Joe DiPaolo via WCA. Second in a series on the obstacles facing United Methodism. (Added 7-1-2022)

Commentary: United By Our Faith, United In Our Desire To Grow” by Chris Dowd via via North Texas Conference. Draws upon the Benedictine concept of “stability” as an argument for remaining in The United Methodist Church. (Added 7-1-2022)

SCJ Committee on Episcopacy Recommends Episcopal Election and Coverage Plan” via Press Release. The South Central Jurisdiction plans to elect three new bishops this year. (Added 7-1-2022)

‘Centrist’ United Methodist Ministers Allege Post-Separation Misinformation” by Grayson Jang via Juicy Ecumenism. Reporting on recent webinar featuring Adam Hamilton and others. (Added 6-30-2022)

Review of Brian McLaren’s Do I Stay Christian?” by Martin Thielen via UM Insight. Retired UM clergy reviews Brian McLaren’s Book: “And while traditional theistic theology has to go, he believes Christianity can evolve into something far more beautiful.” (Added 6-30-2022)

The oldest Methodist chapel in the world gives permission for same-sex wedding ceremonies in Bristol” via ITV News. “The John Wesley New Room in Bristol has today (30 June) been given official permission to conduct weddings for same sex couples.” (Added 6-30-2022)

A New Testament Vision for the Future of Global Methodism – An Interview with Matt O’Reilly” via The John Wesley Institute (YouTube) Ryan Danker interviews O’Reilly. (Added 6-30-2022)

Learn What Happened After the June 2022 Annual Conferences” by Dalton & Tomich (YouTube). Update from a law firm representing disaffiliating congregations. (Added 6-30-2022)

What happened to United Methodists’ proposal to split the denomination?” by Emily McFarlan Miller via RNS. Traditionalists blamed for the death of the Protocol. (Added 6-30-2022)

WCA GMC Disaffiliation Presentation” by Rick Just via Great Plains WCA (YouTube). An update on what is happening with UMC separation. (Added 6–30-2022)

GNW Area Conference members affirm statement on reproductive rights” is GNW Communications. A pro-choice statement approved in support of “bodily autonomy.” (Added 6-29-2022)

Abortion and Methodist Split” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism. United Methodism’s angry reaction to the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade evinces the split is over more than human sexuality. (Added 6-29-2022)

BWC WCA Comments on The UM Bishopsstatement on Abortion” via Facebook. Charges UM bishops with selectively quoting the Discipline on abortion. (Added 6-29-2022)

Feeling Love and Fencing with Property, Methodist Style” by Charles Harrell. “Professor at Wesley Theological Seminary gives his perspective on the Baltimore-Washington Conference WCA Chapter’s dealings with Bishop Easterling and the Conference Trustees on the issues of disaffiliation.” (Added 6-29-2022)

The Global Methodist Church in the Public Square: Restraint and Modesty” by Walter Fenton via GMC. Explains why there are not more forthcoming with public pronouncements on social issues. (Added 6-29-2022)

A Call to Unity as We Move Forward” by the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists. “We are saddened by the decision of some of our Filipino-American colleagues and friends to leave The United Methodist Church to join the Global Methodist Church (GMC).” (Added 6-29-2022)

Churches that Cheered Roe Killed Their Souls, Too” by Charlie Butts via AFA. Quotes Mark Tooley: “The several Protestant denominations that still affirm unrestricted abortion on demand are highly diminished, shrinking, don’t have young people, don’t have moral authority or influence in society.” (Added 6-28-2022)

European Annual Conferences Update” by David Scott via UM & Global. Slovak District intends to join the GMC. Estonia voted 96% to leave the UMC. Norway approved a plan for traditionalists to leave. (Added 6-28-2022)

Extra Pay Approved for Bishops with Extra Workload” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Bishops covering vacant episcopal areas get a stipend. (Added 6-28-2022)

United Methodist conflict hits Bible Belt pews, while Tennessean report omits crucial facts” via by Terry Mattingly via Get Religion. A religion news watcher discusses the state of UM separation for an audience that includes the press. (Added 6-28-2022)

Learn What is Happening in the Missouri Annual Conference” via Dalton & Tomich (Youtube). Dan Dalton is interviewed about three pending cases against the Missouri Conference. (Added 6-28-2022)

Hard Questions and Protestant Churches: We Can Do Better” by David Watson. “Protestant churches need bodies tasked specifically with providing the church with sound theological and ethical teaching.” (Added 6-28-2022)

United Methodist Church Exit Funding Questionnaire” via ChurchGrowthServices.com. A capital fundraising firm offers a customized campaign for churches seeking to raise funds to disaffiliate from the UMC. [This is not an advertisement or endorsement. It is shared for informational purposes only.] (Added 6-28-2022

Africa will Remain Committed to the Protocol” by Forbes Matonga via Firebrand Magazine. “the statement by the liberal signatories who have withdrawn their support cannot go unchallenged.” (Added 6-28-2022)

Dobbs v. Jackson and the Protestant Mainline” by W. James Antle III via Firebrand Magazine. “Many of the United Methodist statements, for example, are in tension with the church’s Social Principles, despite quoting them effusively.” (Added 6-28-2022)

The BoOM Heard Around the World: A Q&A with Three of the Rejected Florida UMC Provisional Clergy Candidates” via Yet Alive. An interview with three candidates approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry for commissioning in Florida. The fact that two of the interviewees are LGBTQ+ resulted in the whole class being deferred by the clergy session. (Added 6-28-2022)

This Little Light of Mine” by Warren Lathem via Facebook. Critique of the North Georgia Conference’s Disaffiliation Process. (Added 6-28-2022)

Gladly Choosing to Be United Methodist” via UMARC (Youtube). Adam Hamilton is featured in recorded webinar from an association of retired UM clergy formed in support of Bishop Oliveto. (Added 6-27-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. “A UMC bishop told me this morning that the Council of Bishops was not consulted on the @umcbishops statement on the Dobbs decision. It is signed by Bishop Bickerton alone, but the press release reads as a group statement. What gives?” (Added 6-27-2022)

What thaaa…?” by Randy Burbank. Captures some of the controversy on the UMC Clergy page concerning the Dobbs decision. (Added 6-27-2022)

Inconclusive Musings on Unity” by David Watson. The dean of United Theological Seminary wonders about the connection between unity and catholicity. (Added 6-27-2022)

Tweet by UMNS. “The @umcbishops released a statement saying the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade has denied the sacred worth of women who face “the tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion.” (Added 6-26-2022)

Roe v. Wade Statement from Council of Bishops” via Press Release. Bishop Bickerton: “I call all United Methodists to a time of deep reflection, prayer, and mobilization as we continue the struggle to stand in the gap with intercession, advocacy, support, and grace for such a time as this. In the midst of our diversity of opinion, may we be one in our response to those who are broken and to world that is divided.” (Added 6-26-2022)

Tweet by Jeremy Smith. UM Clergy: “Untested Idea: Each annual conference should take some of the money from departing GMC churches and put it into a fund for United Methodist women in anti-women states to travel to receive reproductive care.” (Added 6-24-2022)

United Methodists React to the End of Roe v. Wade” by Jim Patterson via UMNS. A round-up of reactions to the Dobbs decision reveals the divisions in the UMC. (Added 6-24-2022)

Judge Dismisses Disaffiliating Church’s Lawsuit” via the Missouri Conference UMC. Morningstar’s lawsuit dismissed. (Added 6-24-2022)

Conservative clergywoman claims United Methodist system unjust” by Cynthia Astle via Baptist News Global. Coverage of Beth Caufield’s whistle-blower memoir from the Greater New Jersey Conference. (Added 6-24-2022)

Tweet by Reconciling Ministries Network. On the overturning of Roe vs. Wade: “This decision damns over half the U.S. to likely bans on safe abortion access. It most acutely impacts people who are poor, people w less access to reproductive care, people in situations of domestic violence, POC, and LGBTQ people.” (Added 6-24-2022)

Moving to a New Era” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. This Friday news round-up includes news about disaffiliations and the new relationship with Boy Scouts of America. (Added 6-24-2022)

Reduced Delegation Size for Annual Conferences Found to be Out of Compliance with the Book of Discipline” by United Methodists for Episcopal Accountability (PDF). A draft of a proposed rule for General Conference that creates a process for reducing the delegation size of annual conferences out of compliance with The Book of Discipline. (Added 6-24-2022)

Exit Terms Create Confusion” by Walter Fenton via Good News. “As the annual conference season unfolds for United Methodists in the U.S., local churches are learning provisions and terms for departing the denomination can vary widely among the 53 UM annual conferences in the U.S.” (Added 6-24-2022)

Overheard: The North Alabama Annual Conference voted today to support the Protocol.
The vote was 337 for, and 258 against ( 57% support). (Added 6-24-2022)

Major Challenges Facing the United Methodist Church” by Joe DiPaolo via WCA. Reasons why the future of United Methodism does not look bright. (Added 6-24-2022)

Bishop Mike Lowry Lays Out Global Methodist Blueprint” by Grayson Jang via Juicy Ecumenism. Reporting on an address given to the Indiana WCA during annual conference. (Added 6-24-2022)

Good News Magazine Six-Part Video Series on via YouTube. Part One: “The United Methodist Church is Divided and Dividing.” Part Two: “Our Differences Regarding the Bible.” Part Three “Our Differences Regarding Jesus.” Part Four “Our Differences Regarding Sexuality.” Part Five “Why It Is Time for Traditionalists to Leave.” and Part Six “Why Should We Go?” (Added 6-23-2022)

Episodes 4 & 5 via “Where Do We Go from Here, UMC?” Podcast.” “Whenever The Holy Spirit Shows Up, The Community Widens – Bishop Karen Oliveto” and “We Must Do the Work of Decolonizing Our Denomination – Rev. Lloyd Nyarota” (Added 6-23-2022)

Replenishing Hope: What Is the UMC Becoming?” by Reconciling Ministries via YouTube. Three panelists share their hope for the future of the UMC. (Added 6-23-2022)

Due Process for the Discontinuation of a Bishop by General Conference Under the Provisions of Paragraph 16.5” by United Methodists for Episcopal Accountability (PDF). A draft addition to the rules of GC2024 that creates a process for the removal of a bishop for inefficiency or unacceptability as allowed the UMC constitution. (Added 6-23-2022)

Chesa Bousin and the Council of Bishops” by Scott Field via Northern Illinois WCA. The problem is not that our bishops are progressives but thier failure at the most basic level to fulfill the obligations of their office. (Added 6-23-2022)

The Centrist/Progressive message to Traditionalists and Institutionalists” by David Scott via UM & Global. Distinguishes the voice of Centrist/Progressives from Institutionalist Bishops. (Added 6-22-2022)

United Methodist bishops in global perspective” by David Scott via UMNS. “U.S. United Methodism is hampered by the lack of recognition of its own status as a distinct context requiring regional decision-making on at least some matters.” (Added 6-22-2022)

Bulgarian Global Methodists Committed to a Faithful Future” by Walter Fenton via GMC. Topalski: “…We became increasingly uncomfortable with denominational leaders and clergy – mostly from the U.S. – who constantly promoted a progressive agenda clearly at odds with the theological and ethical teachings of the UM Church.” (Added 6-22-2022)

Why Are You Still a United Methodist?” by William Trench via UM Insight. Proscriptions against LGBTQ clergy were not in the Discipline when he was ordained. (Added 6-22-2022)

To My Disaffiliating Clergy and Lay Colleagues” by Vance Ross via UM Insight. The pastor Central UMC in Atlanta: “Clearly preceding sexuality issues in the UMC are the sin sick, condemned spiritual/ theological, socio/economic atrocities of 1. land theft and 2. labor theft.” (Added 6-22-2022)

On Preludes and Postludes: A Collaborative Approach to General Conference 2024” by Chris Ritter via PeopleNeedJesus.net. Suggests a new approach to United Methodist divisions. (Added 6-22-2022)

Florida Conference board caused the harm” by Jack Jackson via UMNS Commentary. Claremont Professor: Florida Conference BOOM was in the wrong for defying Discipline. (Added 6-21-2022)

Fallout from United Methodism’s Slow Split” via IRD. A round-up of UM developments. (Added 6-20-2022)

Frazer Memorial officially leaves the United Methodist Church” by Greg Garrison via AL.com. Once a UMC flagship, Frazer Church is now part of the Free Methodist denomination. (Added 6-20-2022)

First Methodist Waco may vote on leaving a United Methodist Church split over LGBTQ policy” by Carl Hoover via The Waco Tribune-Herald. Local coverage of Methodist split affecting Waco First (attendance 1200+). (Added 6-18-2022)

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Annual Conference 2022” via North Alabama Conference. North Alabama will have a special session in December to consider disaffiliations. Expects disaffilation votes at next three annual conferences. (Added 6-17-2022)

Friends of Mt. Bethel Meeting with Bishop Sue” via FMB. Verbatim record of a June 14 meeting with a group of UM-leaning laity of Mt. Bethel UMC. (Added 6-17-2022)

Methodists Join to Show Generosity and Grace” via Press Release. The Central Texas Conference approves a plan wherein “assets and liabilities of the body will be equally shouldered by both churches remaining United Methodist and those (92) separating.” (Added 6-17-2022)

Western Pennsylvania United Methodists Protest Transgender Ideology, Defend Women’s Sports” by Laura Saffell via Juicy Ecumenism. The WPA conference passes resolutions defending a traditional definition of gender. (Added 6-17-2022)

Bishop Jones announces Retirement” by Bishop Scott Jones via Texas Conference. “Increasing disobedience and escalating conflict in the denomination have made my service as a bishop of the whole church seem much more problematic.” (Added 6-17-2022)

Working Harder to Be Better” by Carolyn Moore via Good News. The chair of the WCA Global Council shares her experiences in the UMC and WCA. “We have changed, are changing, will change. I hope we won’t pick one another apart on the way to this new thing God is trying to birth out of our ashes.” (Added 6-17-2022)

UM Insight’s Friday Round-up by Cynthia Astle. The weekly UM news round-up includes links to Beth Caufield’s expose of Bishop Schol, the Florida clergy session controversy, Protocol abandonment, and other news. (Added 6-17-2022)

Gratitude and Grace” by Bishop Ken Carder and link shared on UMNS. In the face of church schism, a retired bishop gives thanks following his 61st annual conference session. (Added 6-17-2022)

Georgia megachurch to pay $13.1 million to leave UMC, end litigation” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. Coverage of the North Georgia Conference’s settlement with its largest church. (Added 6-17-2022)

It was a Slam-Dunk Annual Conference Last Week!” by Scott Field via Northern Illinois WCA. Recounts the concerted defeat of a resolution calling for gracious exit. (Added 6-17-2022)

Clergywoman’s Book Describes Cronyism, Bullying, Nepotism in Ordination Process” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. An interview of Beth Caufield’s whistle-blower book about event in the Greater New Jersey Conference. See also a response by Bishop John Schol. (Added 6-17-2022)

Standing in the Way of Progress” by Jeremy Rebman via WCA. Florrida WCA President offers perspective on the Florida Clergy Session. (Added 6-17-2022)

Understanding our spiritual goal as United Methodists” by Ashley Boggan Dreff via UM Videos (Youtube). The General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives & History says the UMC exists to tear down barriers of injustice. (Added 6-16-2022)

Post by Paul Chilcote via Facebook. Expresses concern that some who voted in the Florida Clergy session intend to join the GMC and that one of the candidates intends to pursue ordination in the GMC. (Added 6-16-2022)

Christian Reformed Church Brings LGBT Stance Into Faith Statement” by Yonat Shimron via Christianity Today. “The Christian Reformed Church… voted Wednesday at its annual synod to codify its opposition to homosexual sex by elevating it to the status of confession, or declaration of faith.” (Added 6-16-2022)

Paganism Casts Its Spell Over Methodist Seminary” by Ellie Gardey via The American Spectator. On apportionment-supported Iliff: “The school employs as an admissions representative a Norse Heathen named Alexandra Ravenscroft, who is the head clergy, or Gudellri, of her pagan organization, Forn Sidr of America. In her job at Iliff, she recruits and develops relationships with potential students.” (Added 6-15-2022)

Forging Ahead: Key Updates from the Global Methodist Church” by Keith Boyette. Leah Hidde-Gregory is the new chair of the TLC and Rick VanGiesen is the Benefits Officer. A GMC General Conference may happen in 2024 once more folks have time to join. (Added 6-15-2022)

Methodist Cleric on Bible: Not Reliable” by Grayson Jang via Juicy Ecumenism. Rev. David M. Felten: “The notions of biblical inerrancy and the need to be born again create all kinds of discord and conflict in society…[and] keeps the whole church trapped in a quagmire of outdated fantasies.” (Added 6-15-2022)

Conference, megachurch reach legal settlement” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Coverage of the North Georgia Conference’s $13.1 million settlement with Mt. Bethel. (Added 6-14-2022)

Empty Seats Along the Way” by Jim Harnish. On the Florida Clergy Session Vote: “While some of my friends and colleagues will choose a different road, the 72% who voted for these candidates confirm that The United Methodist Church will go on toward becoming a more inclusive community.” (Added 6-14-2022)

Hopeful Futures” by Stephen Fife. Louisiana Conference elder expresses thankgiving and hope as he surrenders his credentials in the UMC. (Added 6-15-2022)

Methodist Church’s First Drag Queen Pastor: ‘God Is Nothing’” by Ellie Gardey via The American Spectator. Outside coverage of Isaac Simmon’s persona and high-profile status in the UMC. (Added 6-14-2022)

What If…We Replace Churches with Apartment Complexes?” by Kathy Neary via UM Insight. A church consultant on the UMC in the Pacific Northwest: “…(1) we are not fostering discipleship well in these local churches, and 2) we have now all the people we are ever going to have in these churches, and a large majority of these folks are quite elderly. This traditional mode of “being church” is ending.” (Added 6-14-2022)

Wespath Execs: United Methodist Clergy Pensions Are Well-Secured” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. “In these turbulent days of the UMC splintering, Wespath has worked with annual conference treasurers and other church officials to prepare several scenarios regarding how clergy pensions will be handled in case of disaffiliation.” (Added 6-14-2022)

Florida Bishop Responds to Clergy Session Vote” by Ken Carter via UM Insight. “The great majority of the voices of those who spoke against their candidacy, or the processes leading to their candidacy, were those of pastors who are in formal processes of departing from the United Methodist Church.” (Added 6-14-2022)

Tweet by Robert Gagnon. On Isaac Simmons: “If you needed proof that the UMC (like ECUSA, UCC, ELCA, PCUSA) is devolving into a parody of the true church: “When I walk the streets in 6-inch heels & wear 4 pounds of hair, double-stacked wigs, the power within my mystery is released into the world.” (Added 6-14-2022)

The Journey: Exile to Promise” by Erik Grayson via WCA. A young clergy draws lessons from the Babylonian Exile at the May 2022 WCA Global Gathering. (Added 6-14-2022)

David DiSilva: Disobedience, Forced Unity Disrupt UMC Florida Conference” via UM Voices. An account of the Florida Conference Clergy Session from a traditionalist. (Added 6-14-2022)

The Church is Not Resilient: On Antifragility & Mitosis” by Drew McIntyre via FireBrand Magazine. In support of Methodist Mitosis: “Because it is antifragile, the church grows from and adapts to challenge. Taleb argues that our institutions need such testing. ‘Just as spending a month in bed . . . leads to muscle atrophy,’ he notes, “complex systems are weakened, even killed, when deprived of stressors'” (Added 6-14-2022)

Christian University Showcases Art Depicting a ‘Gay’ Jesus” by Alex Parker via Red State. Drag Artist whose visual art was featured at United Methodist-related Emory University: ““[T]here is something very subversive about hosting a drag show at a church, especially a Methodist church like Glenn Memorial.” (Added 6-14-2022)

Pensions, Property, and the Gospel – Lonnie Chafin” via Where Do We Go from Here, UMC? (Podcast). Progressive clergy Molly Vetter talks about the current state of the UMC with the treasurer of the Northern Illinois Conference. See also Episode 2, “I am an Institutionalist and a Revolutionary” with Randal Miller. (Added 6-13-2022)

Clergy session vote highlights LGBTQ divide” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. Official coverage of the contentious clergy session in the Florida Conference. (Added 6-13-2022)

Along the Way: What About the Bible?” by Steven Harper. An LGBTQ-affirming clergy shares that he maintains a high view of scripture and accuses traditionalists of lying. (Added 6-13-2022)

The Global Nature of the Future Methodism” by David Donnan. “To shy away from the global nature of the church is to the detriment of God’s Kingdom and your own understanding of it.” (Added 6-13-2022)

Take Who I Am as a Whole” by Maxie Dunnam. A prophetic voice in the Civil Rights movement writes about feeling pigeon-holed as a traditionalist on human sexuality. (Added 6-13-2022)

Methodist leaders say ‘rebellion and dysfunction’ over LGBT issues splitting denomination” by Jon Brown via Fox News. “The United Methodist Church is hemorrhaging congregations over LGBTQ rights and church government.” (Added 6-13-2022)

Money & ‘twisted scripture’ – the culprits behind the UMC’s split” by Steven Jordahl and Jody Brown via The Stand (AFA). “A United Methodist pastor [Ray Rooney] contends that the contentious split in his denomination – while publicly attributed to differences over human sexuality – really boils down to three things: money, power, and ‘twisting of scripture.'” (Added 6-13-2022)

Much is still possible for our church” by John Winn via UMNS (commentary). “Maintaining Ministers In Ministry, or 3M, is an ongoing network of United Methodist clergy mentors, leadership professionals and spiritual guides.” (Added 6-13-2022)

Global Methodist Church, Excitement About its Future with Jessica LaGrone” by Andy Miller (YouTube). Interview with the Dean of Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary. (Added 6-12-2022)

Adam Hamilton on Isaac Simmons (aka Penny Cost) [PDF]. Copy of a 1200 word response to a Facebook question about Illinois’ drag queen clergy candidate. (Added June 12, 2022)

Response to Jeremy Smith by Tim Carson (PDF). A Florida clergy respond’s to Smith’s article about the Florida Conference clergy session that failed to approve a class of probationary clergy. (Added 6-12-2022)

Tweet by Matt Dailey. A thread sharing the text of a resolution passed at the Florida Conference in support of those approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry for commissioning. (Added 6-11-2022)

Docket 0522-01 Items” via Lonnie Brooks. Briefs filed before the Judicial Council in the matter involving the Bulgaria-Romania Conference’s withdrawal from the UMC (Lambrecht, Streiff, Brooks). (Added 6-11-2022)

5 UMC leaders who backed gracious separation protocol withdraw support” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. Coverage of five Protocol negotiators withdrawing support. (Added 6-10-2022)

PCUSA ministry launches ‘Queering the Bible’ project aimed at ‘creating some new theologies’” by Ian Giatti via Christian Post. Mark Tooley quoted: Such projects are “replacing the Gospel of redemption with their own journey of self-actualization.” (Added 6-10-2022)

Post by Warren Lathem. Notes the Disaffiliation Paragraph does not require an annual conference to apply payments for unfunding pension liability to the actual pension liability. (Added 6-10-2022)

After the AC” by Chuck Griffin via Holston WCA. “Most departing churches do not know right now whether they will be required to eat a mouse or an elephant to get out of the UMC. Both are distasteful, but one is more manageable than the other.” (Added 6-10-2022)

The Wesley Center ends its century-long affiliation with the United Methodist Church” by Paul Brennan via Little Village. Coverage of a progressive Wesley Foundation leaving United Methodism. (Added 6-10-2022)

It Doesn’t Have to Be this Way” by David Livingston. Responding to the Florida controversy: “Our WCA chapter is working together with the conference to keep all the discourse civil and constructive.” (Added 6-10-2022)

Protocol Negotiators Say Separation Pact ‘No Longer Viable’” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. Coverage of a group of progressives and centrists withdrawing form the Protocol agreement. (Added 6-10-2022)

‘Say Whaaat?’: The Continuing WCA with in the Continuing UMC” by Bob Phillips. Thoughts on the continuing role of the WCA within the UMC. (Added 6-10-2022)

The cruelty is the point: behind Florida’s veto of an entire class of new UMC clergy” by Jeremy Smith. A post critical of the Florida Conference clergy session who votes down a class of provisional clergy after efforts to divide group for individual voting failed. (Added 6-10-2022)

What Has Happened to Trust and Persevering Commitment?” by Maxie Dunnam. “Doesn’t this ‘betrayal’ [of the Protocol agreement] confirm our need for something like the protocol?” (Added 6-10-2022)

Progressives and Centrists Repudiate Protocol” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. “It appears that these leaders and groups have taken their eyes off the mission of the church and focused once again on the conflict and the desire to “win” as much as possible.” (Added 6-10-2022)

Bishops’ Protocol Response Statement” via UMNS. Six bishops involved in Protocol negotiations: We (1) continue to “affirm this work,” (2) acknowledge the Protocol legislation is in the hands of General Conference, (3) affirm the way of abeyance, (4) are united in respect of colleagues who are led to step away from the Protocol, and (5) pray for ways to celebrate the UMC as we work for amicable separation with those who choose to “depart our fellowship.” (Added 6-10-2022)

Petition: To Request a Declaratory Decision on the Meaning, Application, and Effect
of ¶¶16.3, 33, 502.3, and 511.5
” by Western PA Conference (PDF). In a petition sponsored by the delegation, the Western Pennsylvania Conference requests a declaratory decision from Judicial Council on whether new delegates should be elected for GC2024. (Added 6-10-2022)

Tweet by Reconciling Ministries Network.RMN comments “Disgraceful” as they share the news that Florida Conference 2022 Provisional Elders/Deacons class failed approval by 7 votes “because two of the candidates are openly LGBTQ+.” (Added 6-10-2022)

Tweet Thread by Joe Fox. UM Bishops have “lost the plot.” With virtual conferencing, “we are quickly hardening our hearts toward each other, and unable to find a reasonable way forward. It’s easy for
@umcbishops to be bullies from the safety of a virtual, ivory tower.” (Added 6-10-2022)

The Last Straw” by Jay Therrell via WCA. New WCA President: “I hope progressives and centrists realize what they’re doing by publicly removing their support for the Protocol. In doing so, they have made clear that they have no intention of treating theological conservatives fairly and with grace. We will contend.” (Added 6-10-2022)

Tweet by Erin j. Beall. “The UMC continues to drown itself: the entire slate of 16 candidates in the Florida Conference were rejected for commissioning today, all because there were 2 LGBTQ+ persons among them— approved, I should add, by the @FLUMC Board of Ordained Ministry. #flumc22” (Added 6-9-2022)

Tweet from Matt O’Reilly. “Hey @umcbishops, it’s fine if you don’t recognize the @GlobalMChurch as a denomination. That way, not only do clergy still not have to surrender their ordination when they join the #GMChurch, they don’t have to withdraw their #UMC conference membership either. #everybodywins” (Added 6-9-2022)

First Transgender Bishop of Largest Lutheran Denomination Resigns” by Alejandra Molina via ChurchLeaders.com. “…came an hour after Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, head of the ELCA, announced on Twitter that she would be “initiating the discipline process immediately, including suspension of Bishop Rohrer, based on additional information that has come to light.”” (Added 6-8-2022)

Final Settlement Document between Mt. Bethel and North Georgia Conference. (Added 6-8-2022)

Looking for Independence from Western Funds, African Methodists Turn to Farming” by Ryan Truscott via Christianity Today. “Dependence on Western funds has become an urgent concern for African Methodists as the UMC has moved toward division over LGBT issues. “ (Added 6-8-2022)

Oak Lawn UMC defies bishop, appoints 2 LGBTQ ministers” via KDFW. Local coverage of Oak Lawn UMC’s decision to appoint two staff members with clergy authority. (Added 6-8-2022)

Protocol’s day has passed, some negotiators say” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. “The negotiators said they reached this conclusion after discussions with General Conference delegates and members of their constituencies who intend to remain United Methodist.” (Added 6-8-2022)

What Divorce Professionals Can Teach the UMC” by Eric Folkerth. “As someone who’s been married to a divorce attorney and judge for thirty years, my one learnings is: There are better and worse ways for divorce to happen.” (Added 6-8-2022)

A New Global Methodist Congregation in Europe” via WCA Eastern Europe. “The Evangelical Methodist Church in Croatia has been recognized as a member of the Global Methodist Church. This decision was made at the Transitional Leadership Council meeting on June 6. 2022.” (Added 6-8-2022)

Forbes Matonga on the Protocol via Facebook. “I believe the protocol still enjoys support among the traditionalist groups and can easily Garner the 50%+1 votes needed to pass it.” (Added 6-8-2022)

How the Disaffiliation Process works in the Dakotas UMC” by Jeff Pospisil via YouTube. (Added 6-8-2022)

RMN Withdraws Support for Protocol” via Reconciling Ministries. “In its absence, an equally fair and gracious alternative has been found, the GMC has launched, and disaffiliation has begun.” (Added 6-8-2022)

Connectional Funding in the Global Methodist Church” by Keith Boyette. Is GlobalMethodist.org. “Under this connectional funding model, the general church and its annual conferences must learn to operate with the funds local churches provide.” (Added 6-8-2022)

Settlement Agreement Information” via Mt. Bethel. Information about the settlement reached with the North Georgia Conference. (Added 6-7-2022)

A Statement About the Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation through Separation” via press release. The Progressives on the Protocol team have withdrawn their support. (Added 6-7-2022)

Steps to take to avoid a GC2024 debacle” by Rebecka Miles and David Livingston (Commentary). A “premortum” suggested to get desired outcomes from GC2024. (Added 6-7-2024)

The Charismatic Movement in the Next Methodism” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. “the emerging denomination for traditionalist United Methodists will clearly not adhere to the “cessationist” doctrine.” (Added 6-7-2022)

70 Georgia churches leave United Methodist Church over homosexuality debate” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. Coverage of the recent session of the North GA Conference. (Added 6-7-2022)

Metro church agrees to pay $13.1M to disaffiliate from United Methodist Church” via WSB Radio. Atlanta media coverage of My. Bethel’s departure from the UMC. (Added 6-7-2022)

California-Nevada Board of Trustees adopts disaffiliation agreement template” via Cal-Nev Conference. Adds several category of payments and includes sale of church property to the congregation at 20% value. (Added 6-7-2022)

Church court releases 3 decisions” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. “All three decisions released June 6 stem from questions of church law raised during 2020 and 2021 sessions of annual conferences… “ (Added 6-6-2022)

Coming Out — A Statement from the Board of Directors” via The Wesley Center at the University of Iowa. A Wesley Foundation announces a break with the UMC. (Added 6-7-2022)

The Disingenuity of Comity” by David Livingston. A post opposing a GMC/UMC Comity agreement. (Added 6-6-2022)

Envisioning the Next Methodism in Africa” by Press Release (PDF). An official statement from the May 2022 Africa Initiative Summit in Kenya. (Added 6-6-2022)

Addressing the tough questions will help close rift in United Methodist Churches | Opinion” by Drew Shelley via The Tennessean. “Our denomination’s future is complicated, but we will not be manipulated and used by those who leverage culture wars to provoke unnecessary divorce distracting from the cause of Christ.” (Added 6-5-2022)

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church to self-appoint LGBTQ pastors after bishop denies request” Nataly Keomoungkhoun, The Dallas Morning News (via MSN). “The Rev. Rachel Baughman will appoint Isabel Marquez and Ryan Wager, staff members at Oak Lawn UMC who respectively identify as lesbian and gay, without the authorization of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.” (Added 6-5-2022)

Dozens of Georgia churches split from United Methodist Church over LGBTQ issues” by Jon Brown via Fox News. Outside coverage of the disaffiliations approved at the North Georgia Conference. (Added 6-5-2022)

Mennonite Church USA Caves on Marriage” by Jeffrey Walton via Juicy Ecumenism. A small Anabaptist denomination repeals its membership guidelines that prevented same-sex marriage after its largest conference departed over the issue. (Added 6-5-2022)

Trustees Outline Process for Disaffiliation” via Baltimore-Washington Conference. Describes the process to be followed by disaffiliating churches. (Added 6-4-2022)

Disaffiliation Tally compiled by Jimmy Boone. Shows 722 disaffiliations in both regular and special sessions of the various annual conferences. (Added 6-3-2022)

Arkansas Methodists defer plan that would ease exit from national denomination” by Frank Lockwood via Arkansas Democrat Gazette. A comity agreement is defeated by 366 to 270: “it would allow any of the conference’s 630 congregations to join a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church or another evangelical body.” (Added 6-3-2022)

Jerry Kulah on Africa & United Methodist Split” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism. Transcript of Jerry Kulah’s address to IRD. (Added 6-3-2022)

Motion Passes for Three Churches to Disaffiliate” by Lindsay Payton via Texas Conference. Mentions how the Texas Conference applied pension reserves to the unfunded pension liability calculation, “reducing the amount churches are required to pay in unfunded pension liability.” (Added 6-3-2022)

Post by Lonnie Brooks via Facebook. Commentary on the UMC’s treatment of systemic racism as a facet of the crisis facing the church. (Added 6-3-2022)

Global Methodist or United Methodist? A Comparison of Perspectives” via Bible Moths YouTube Channel. A slow-paced, 10-minute walk through two articles comparing the UMC and GMC. (Added 6-3-2-2022)

Post via Going Global Facebook Page. “This morning during the Central Texas UMC Clergy Session, Bishop Ruben Saenz announced the Conference has received 86 letters from congregations pursuing/exploring disaffiliation from the UMC. Please be in prayer for these congregations as they discern and go through the transition process.” (Added 6-3-2022)

Finding an Exodus” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. “the authors of [Par. 2553] never intended that annual conferences could add financial terms to the requirements.” (Added 6-3-2022)

Disaffiliating from the #UMC only costs Pennies on the Dollar” by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. When you weigh the cost of exit against the value of church properties local churches already paid for once, exit is a bargain. (Added 6-3-2022)

A Message from Jay Therrell, the WCA’s New President” via WCA. The incoming president of WCA introduces himself. (Added 6-3-2022)

Rev. Keiwan Kevin Ryoo on Asian American Methodist Ministry” by John Lomperis via Juicy Ecumenism. An interview with a member of the GMC’s Transitional Leadership Council. (Added 6-3-2022)

Tweet via North Georgia UMM. “70 churches, including Sam Jones Memorial and Quest Church, were approved to leave the United Methodist Church. The vote was 1176 for, 91 against, and 55 abstaining. The list of churches is located on page 76 of the 2022 Annual Conference Handbook: https://ngumc.org/handbook-2022” (Added 6-2-2022)

Mt. Bethel Church to keep property, pay $13.1M in settlement” by Wendy Parker via East Cobb News. The price tag is released for the settlement between Mt. Bethel and the North Georgia Conference. (Added 6-2-2022)

70 Georgia churches granted right to disaffiliate from United Methodist Church” by Elizabeth Rawlins via WSB-TV Atlanta. Outside coverage of disaffiliations from the North Georgia Conference. (Added 6-2-2022)

UMC Conference overwhelmingly approved disaffiliation for some” by Sheila Poole via Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Coverage of approximately seventy congregations disaffiliating from the UMC in North Geogia. (Added 6-2-2022)

Africa Initiative ponders future of Methodism” by E Julu Swen via UMNS. Reporting on the May 13-18 Prayer and Leadership Summit of the Africa Initiative in Nairobi. (Added 6-2-2022)

35 Arkansas Churches Considering Departure from UMC over Homosexuality Debate” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. This is the number enrolled in the discernment process leading to disaffiliation. (Added 6-2-2022)

A Heartfelt Plea to the WCA: Stop Lying about the UMC” by Mary John Dye via UM Insight. Accuses the WCA of lying about the extent to which the UMC has and will change. (Added 6-1-2022)

Dual Membership or Duplicity: African United Methodists and the Global Methodist Church” by Albert Otshudi Longe via UM Insight. A post critical of the Africa Initiative’s statement on the Global Methodist Church. (Added 6-1-2022)

Orthodox No Longer: Interviews with Seven Nontraditional Believers” by Martin Thielen via UM Insight. Retired UM pastor profiles the faith of non-orthodox believers. (Added 6-1-2022)

The Case for Considering Alignment with the Global Methodist Church” by Bob Phillips (PDF). A 3-page summary document for those considering aligning with the GMC. (Added 6-1-2022)

Warren Lathem: North Georgia Ripple Effects” via Juicy Ecumenism. “The strongest Annual Conference in the UMC and the fastest growing AC is now in rapid decline. And the largest church in the AC is attacked by the most powerful person in the conference.” (Added 6-1-2022)

Patchwork of Exit Terms Create Confusion” by Walter Fenton via globalmethodist.org. “Bishop Tom Bickerton, president of the Council of Bishops, immediate past presidents, Bishops Cynthia Harvey and Ken Carter, and other bishops worked for months with theologically conservative leaders to develop a comity agreement based on a provision in the UM Church’s Book of Discipline.” (Added 6-1-2022)

Church Court Modifies Ruling on Bishop Elections” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. The Judicial Council departs from the Discipline’s Sept. 1 start date for bishops to say that new bishops elected this year can take office on January 1, 2023. (Added 6-1-2022)

Filipinos to Elect New Bishops” by Gladys P. Mangiduyos via UMNS. All three filipino bishops will be replaced by new bishops elected in November. (Added 6-1-2022)

Autonomy, international division mark United Methodist tradition” by David Scott via UM & Global. “If there are no good analogies for the division between The United Methodist Church and the Global Methodist Church in the history of autonomy, neither are there many good analogies in the history of denominational division.” (Added 6-1-2022)

Run with Endurance the Race God has Set Before Us” by Keith Boyette via WCA. The out-going president of WCA reflected on his five-year journey as he prepares to become the chief executive officer of the Global Methodist Church. (Added 5-31-2022)

[Repost] A COB-Distributed Draft Comity Agreement between the GMC and UM Conferences. Originally shared in March, this document was distributed to members of the Council of Bishops and has not been approved by the Transitional Leadership Council of the GMC. See the TLC response here. (Reposted 5-31-2022)

What is Comity, Really? Debunking the WCA’s ‘Loophole’ Around the UMC Trust Clause” by Lawrence Hillis with an introduction by Jeremy Smith via Hacking Christianity. A history of comity agreements intended to build the case that Par. 2548.2 is not suited to churches seeking to leave for the GMC. (Added 5-31-2022)

Next Steps for Churches Desiring to Go GMC” by Charles Kyker via Western North Carolina WCA. Advice to Western North Carolina congregations seeking to join the GMC. (Added 5-30-2022)

Delegates repeal Membership Guidelines, pass LGBTQ-affirming resolution” by Paul Schrag via AnaBaptist World. Membership guidelines were repealed and a statement affirming the gifts of LGBTQ persons was affirmed by a lesser margin. (Added 5-30-2022)

Let’s Love Our Neighbors” by Kendra Weddle via UMNS (Commentary). Even though the traditional church she grew up in has disaffiliated, the author finds hope for a unified church. (Added 5-28-2022)

The Cost of Following Jesus” by Bishop Frank Beard via Illinois Great Rivers Conference. “If your church is not currently reaching new people for Jesus Christ changing the denominational label or the church address is not going to make a difference.” (Added 5-28-2022)

Why We are Staying in the UMC” by Adam Hamilton (YouTube). The pastor and church council of the Church of the Resurrection share why they are staying in the UMC. (Added 5-28-2022)

UMC Bishops agree to call regular sessions of jurisdictional conferences in 2022” via Council of Bishops Press Release. The jurisdictional conferences will meet Nov. 2-5 to elect bishops. (Added 5-27-2022)

So… What’s Going on in the United Methodist Church?” with Bishop Thomas Bickerton via Westwood UMC YouTube. Los Angeles pastor interviews COB President about his vision for a “smaller, leaner, more inclusive” UMC. Protocol being irrelevant, Bickerton chooses to move forward and sees postponement of GC as a positive. (Added 5-27-2022)

Celebrated United Methodist Drag Queen Activist Denounces Bible” by Sage Showers via Juicy Ecumenism. Reporting on Isaac Simmons’ recent activities and statements in which he shares his view of Scripture. (Added 5-27-2022)

Confusion and Clarity” by Walter Fenton via Global Methodist Church. “These UM bishops… declared an amicable and orderly separation was the best way forward for the UM Church… there is nothing keeping UM bishops from acting in accordance with its spirit.” (Added 5-25-2022)

Addressing the tough questions will help close rift in United Methodist Churches | Opinion” by Drew Shelley via The Tennessean. “We have answered the fundamental human sexuality question in Gospel light: Can LGBTQIA+ persons be faithful Christians? The Bible says yes.” (Added 5-25-2022)

Judicial Council Spring Docket” via Resource UMC. (Added 5-25-2022)

African United Methodists and the Protocol in 2024” by David Scott via UM & Global. “…without clear coalitions among these new denominational factions and with conflicting answers across different factions on different issues, there is a strong possibility that the 2024 General Conference will not accomplish anything major.” (Added 5-25-2022)

Theologians Craft Wesleyan Agreement for a Divided Methodist Era” by Daniel Sulliman via Christianity Today. Coverage of “The Faith Once Delivered” document. (Added 5-25-2022)

New Methodist Manifesto” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism. Coverage of “The Faith Once Delivered” Statement. (Added 5-25-2022)

People Throw Rocks At Things That Shine: A Clergy Whistleblower’s Journey” by Beth Caufield via Amazon. The head of New Jersey WCA wrote a book about her treatment by Bishop John Schol. (Added 5-24-2022)

Why Traditionalists Aren’t Traditionalists — And That’s a Good Thing” by Tom Fuerst via UM Insight. UM traditionalists don’t really embrace the full Christian tradition on sexuality. (Added 5-23-2022)

The Faith Once Delivered: A Wesleyan Witness” via the John Wesley Institute (PDF). A theological statement developed by fifty Wesleyan Scholars gathered at the Next Methodism Summit. (Added 5-23-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. “All sorts of exciting possibilities emerge when you dissolve the galactic senate. #umc” (Added 5-21-2022)

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Biblical Authority Question” by Matt Horan. Describes WCA as a Fundamentalist variant that has attached itself to Methodism. (Added 5-21-2022)

Judicial Council single-handedly pivots The United Methodist Church” by Jeremy Smith. Progressive take on the important and most recent judicial council rulings. (Added 5-21-2022)

Judicial Council Decision 1445 via Resource UMC. The ruling that regular jurisdictional conferences can meet to elect new bishops prior to General Conference. (Added 5-20-2022)

Ruling Opens Doors for Bishop Elections in 2022” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Information on a key ruling that may allow the election of a fresh crop of progressive US bishops. (Added 5-20-2022)

Tweet by Council of Bishops. “BREAKING NEWS: The top court in The United Methodist Church today ruled that the Council of Bishops is authorized to set the date of regular jurisdictional conferences in 2022 for the election and assignment of new bishops in The United Methodist Church. Details coming.” (Added 5-20-2022)

Why breaking up is so hard to do for United Methodists: Connectionalism” by Cynthia Astle via Baptist News Global. Summary post for a progressive Baptist audience. (Added 5-20-2022)

The UMC is more traditional than ever, but it doesn’t matter” by Matt O’Reilly via Theology Project. “It doesn’t matter how traditional our Book of Discipline is because we have no mechanism or process for ordering our ecclesial life in a way that reflects what is found in our documents.” (Added 5-20-2022)

Clergy Confusion” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. Some UM leaders are sharing erroneous information with clergy about the GMC. (Added 5-20-2022)

What Do We Mean by Unity?” By Paul Seay via UM Insight. Reporting from the “Forward United” gathering on May 9. (Added 5-20-2022)

Critiquing Global Methodism” by Sage Showers via Juicy Ecumenism. Reporting on a retired clergy webinar. (Added 5-20-2022)

Methodism Slowly Divides” by Mark Tooley via Juicy Ecumenism. (Added 5-19-2022)

Staying Stuck in UMC Conflict” by David Scott via UM & Global. “Centrists and institutionalists have used their control of procedure and process to make departure difficult and expensive for Traditionalist congregations in an attempt to prevent them from leaving.” (Added 5-19-2022)

Moving Forward with Senior Executive and New Council Members” via Global Methodist Church. (Added 5-18-2022)

The Bible is…Nothing” by Isaac Simmons. A drag queen certified candidate for UMC ministry and featured by UMNS offers a poem about God, the Bible, and queerness. See also here. (Added 5-18-2022)

Is the General Conference Delay Legal? by Matt O’Reilly via Firebrand Magazine. (Added 5-17-2022)

Greetings from the Special Called Session of the Bulgaria-Romania Conference of the Global Methodist Church.” by Daniel Topalski via Facebook. The GMC’s first presiding elder shares a photo of the first annual conference session. (Added 5-15-2022)

Tweet by E. Julu Swen reporting that participants at African Initiative summit decided to stay in the UMC until 2024. (Added 5-14-2022)

Judicial Council Pulls Back Annual Conference Withdrawal” by Tom Lambrecht via Good News. “The Judicial Council has essentially changed its mind and now believes that the matter of annual conference withdrawal is a “distinctively connectional matter” (¶ 16) and therefore needs General Conference action before it can take place.” (Added 5-13-2022)

A Path for West Ohio Congregations Separating Under Paragraph 2548.2” by Jeff Greenway and Greg Stover (PDF) via West Ohio WCA. Background and Rationale for a West Ohio AC resolution equipping exits under Par. 2548.2. (Added 5-13-2022)

Resolutions and Elections at WCA’s Fourth Global Legislative Assembly” by Walter Fenton via WCA. A wrap-up of the May WCA legislative assembly. (Added 5-13-2022)

Jesus-Like Comity in a Methodist World?” by David Humphrey. A poetic appeal by a UM Pastor, based on Scripture and Wesley’s writings, to view and approach both the emergence of the GMC and the potential restructuring of the continuing UMC as a faithful opportunity to grow new distinct but cooperative branches from the same Christ-rooted tree. (Added 5-13-2022)

United Methodist conferences cannot disaffiliate from denomination, church court rules” by Liam Adams via The Tennessean. Outside coverage of Judicial Council Decision 1444. (Added 5-13-2022)

Disaffiliation: Do Not Delay in Making This Decision” by Riley Case via Confessing Movement. “In terms of faith and practice, the new denomination will do what those who would deconstruct and remold the continuing United Methodist Church are not willing to do; namely, commit itself wholly to historic Methodist belief and practice, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, and his atoning death and glorious resurrection which leads to new life through the Holy Spirit.” (Added 5-12-2022)

Tweet by Chris Ritter. On the news of a COB request for a ruling on Par. 2548.2 (a statute 20 years older than the UMC itself): “Stop calling it good news. This provides cover for any bishop to delay Par. 2548.2 exits awaiting clarity on something already clear. The odds are safe that anything the Judicial Council rules on will get more complex, not less.” (Added 5-12-2022)

The Day the Protocol Died” by David Livingston. A blog post laying the death of the Protocol at the feet of WCA who committed to advocating for adherence to the Discipline. (Added 5-12-2022)

UMC high court rules annual conferences cannot leave denomination amid LGBT debate” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. Outside coverage of JC Decision 1444. (Added 5-12-2022)

Notice of a Special Called Session of the Indiana Annual Conference” via Indiana Conference. “A Special Session of Annual Conference [via Zoom] has been called by Bishop Trimble, in consultation with the Cabinet, to take place for the single purpose of approval of churches seeking disaffiliation and having completed the requirements adopted by the INUMC under BOD paragraph 2553.” (Added 5-12-2022)

Bishops Seek Ruling on Meaning and Application of Par. 2548.2” via COB Press Release. Eight questions asked: “Our intention is to seek clear direction concerning the processes that can be best used to facilitate appropriate, orderly, and amicable disaffiliations even as we continue to pray and work for the unity of the church.” (Added 5-12-2022)

Association of Korean Churches discerns its uncertain future” by Thomas Kim via UMNS. Korean United Methodists meet to discuss the GMC, disaffiliation, and the future of the UMC. (Added 5-12-2022)

Lloyd Lunceford Church Trust Law webinar” by Good News (YouTube). A church trust clause webinar offered by Good News. (Added 5-12-2022)

Overheard: An announcement will come soon that the Council of Bishops has requested a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council related to exits under Par. 2548.2. (Added 5-12-2022)

An Amicable Divorce?” by Paul Butler via World. “New Methodist denomination aims to give conservative churches a way to avoid splitting the UMC.” (Added 5-12-2022)

Creating a Respectful and Fair Separation” by Klaus Ulrich (Translation) via UM & Global. Reporting criticism for WCA/GMC support for Bulgaria/Romania Conference action to exit the UMC. (Added 5-12-2022)

Sometimes We Don’t See What We’re Looking At” by Scott Field via Northern Illinois WCA. Is the United Methodist horse dead? (Added 5-12-2022)

The State of the United Methodist Church in Tweets by Jeremy Smith. A progressive blogger/pastor offers his take on the state of the UMC in a string of Tweets. (Added 5-12-2022)

Bishop Jones Addresses Recent Events within UMC” via Texas Conference. Summary article of a May 10 webinar by Bishop Scott Jones. (Added 5-11-2022)

COB welcomes court’s decision that annual conferences may not vote to leave UMC” via Press Release. COB President Bickerton: “This decision has affirmed the connection ‘as the universal thread out of which the temporal and spiritual fabric of the Church is providentially woven,’ and provided clarity and direction as we move forward through these unprecedented days of challenge and change.” (Added 5-11-2022)

Bishop Carcaño’s Suspension Extended Because of Appeal” by Western Jurisdiction Press Release via UM Insight. “Bishop Carcaño has filed an appeal with the Judicial Council related to the complaints. The grounds for the appeal have not been specified. This action places the complaint process on hold pending the Judicial Council’s decision.” (Added 5-10-2022)

CEO Blog: Committed to You in a Changing Methodist Ecosystem” by Andy Hendren via Wespath. “It is in the spirit of Methodist and Christian unity—embodied in ¶6 of The Book of Discipline—that Wespath seeks to serve a broader family of Methodists alongside the continuing UMC, benefiting all participants with plans designed for folks who serve the Methodist mission.” (Added 5-10-2022)

Church court: Conferences can’t exit unilaterally” by Heather Hahn via UMNS. Coverage of Decision 1444. (Added 5-10-2022)

Judicial Council Rules Annual Conferences Can’t Withdraw Unilaterally from UMC” by Cynthia Astle via UM Insight. Coverage of Judicial Council Decision 1444. (Added 5-10-2022)

United Methodist Church split draws celebration, lament and soul-searching” by Cynthia Astle via Baptist News Global. The editor of UM Insight offers a round-up of reactions to UMC split. (Added 5-10-2022)

Post by Lonnie Brooks via Facebook. “The United Methodist Judicial Council has taken one of the most significant decisions in its entire history, and it did so in record time. In its decision 1444 it has declared that an annual conference’s right to vote to withdraw from the Church, affirmed in its decision 1366, may not be exercised until the General Conference has legislatively established the terms and conditions for such a withdrawal….” (Added 5-10-2022)

Judicial Council Decision 1444. via ResourceUMC. Annual conferences may not leave the UMC until General Conference creates a process for this. Exits are constitutional, but there must be enabling legislation passed at General Conference.(Added 5-10-2022)

Post by Rurel Ausley via Facebook. “Just watched Asbury Theological Seminary (ATS) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with newly launched Global Methodist Church (GMC)!! ATS offers dollar for dollar matching for $5,000; $10,000; $20,000 grants up to $500,000 for NEW CHURCH PLANTING in the GMC!!!” (Added 5-10-2022)

Post by Joe Kilpatrick via Facebook. Noted North Georgia layman reports: “Asbury Theological Seminary agreed to match scholarship funding with the Global Methodist Church today!” (Added 5-10-2022)

Rob Renfroe to Address Alabama-West Florida Moving Forward Event” via Alabama-West Florida WCA Facebook Page. Events on June 1 & 5 at Crosspoint and St. James feature the President of Good News. (Added 5-10-2022)

Rebuild the Altar First: Starting in the RIght Place” by Constance Cherry via Firebrand Magazine. Indiana Wesleyan Prof. and West Ohio Clergy: Drawing from Ezekiel and the OT return from exile, prof. and West Ohio clergy, says that restoring Christ-centered worship is the first priority for Methodists. (Added 5-10-2022)

Global Methodist or United Methodist?” via Bible Moths YouTube Channel. Works viewers through articles written by Jay Therrell and Paul Chilcote on the merits of the GMC vs. the UMC. (Added 5-9-2022)

Post by Rob Renfroe via Facebook. Highlights the female preachers featured at the WCA Global Gathering in response to lingering accusations that women will be excluded from GMC leadership. (Added 5-9-2022)

Texas Trust Clause Ruling in Favor of Blue Ridge UMC et. al. (PDF) A May 9 trust clause ruling in favor of a North Texas congregation. See background. See also “Texas Court Strikes Down Methodist Trust Clause” via Dalton & Tomich. A trust clause case with SMU is discussed as “making the Methodist trust clause unenforceable [in Texas].” (Added 5-9-2022)

Religious Left Panics After Dobbs Leak” by Collin Bastian via Juicy Ecumenism. Reactions from United Methodist Women, UPC, UCC, and TEC to the Dobbs leak that indicates Roe v. Wade will be overturned. (Added 5-9-2022)

Heritage Sunday 2022” via General Commission on Archives and History. The May 22 Heritage Sunday focuses on “Splits, Separations, and Reconciliations.” Includes a course. (Added 5-9-2022)

Traditionalist Group Not Going Away” by Sam Hodges via UMNS. Coverage of the May WCA Global Gathering in Indianapolis. (Added 5-9-2022)

Dr. Steve Harper Speaks with RMN (clergy)” via Reconciling Ministries YouTube. Harper shares hope for a new identity, simpler structure, and a return to local focus in the UMC. See also a session for laity in which he advises LGBTQ folks to leave GMC churches. (Added 5-9-2022)

Robert Hunt: Methodism Unraveling” via UM & Global. “Instead of clinging to an unworkable ‘global’ structure we should instead work, at whatever institutional level we are able, to establish real patterns of co-working and cooperation among those of the Methodist tradition.” (Added 5-9-2022)

Now I Know Why Godly Punishment Never Made Sense to Me” by Paul Graves via Greater Northwest Area UMC. UM Clergy: “Put simply: I can no longer even mouth the words ‘Jesus died for our sins.’ It hasn’t made sense to me for decades… God doesn’t punish us! I can’t help but imagine She is deeply grieved when we do such an effectively negative job of keeping each other ‘in line,’ spiritually speaking.” Also reprinted in UM Insight. (Added 5-9-2022)

Tweet by John Lomperis: “WCA Council Chair Carolyn Moore: WCA will REMAIN a movement within the #UMC for the next several years. WCA 2.0 resolution: Work in #UnitedMethodistChurch will include advocating gracious separation, and in meantime faithfulness + accountability to official UMC moral standards” (Added 5-9-2022)

Tweet from Western PA WCA: “‘The trust clause is not written to protect the Conference, but the doctrinal standards, and to protect the Conference only insofar as the Conference protects the doctrinal standards.’ Thomas Oden” (Added 5-9-2022)

107 Florida Churches Leaving UMC to Join New Conservative Church Network Amid LGBT Debate” by Michael Gryboski via The Christian Post. “A staggering 107 United Methodist congregations based in Florida plan to leave the mainline denomination for the newly launched conservative Global Methodist Church.” (Added 5-9-2022)

New Denomination Urges United Methodists to Walk Out of the Wilderness” by Yonat Shimron via Religion News Service. Outside coverage of the WCA Global Gathering. (Added 5-9-2022)

Get Out: The Movie, the Methodists, the Next Chapter” by Bob Phillips via PeopleNeedJesus.net. Addresses questions and issues related to getting out of the UMC. (Added 5-9-2022)

Tweet by Western PA WCA: “Being led in prayer by the Congolese #WCA delegation. We requested visas for our African delegates in the first week of March. It didn’t take 18 months to get their visas, or even 18 weeks…it was more like 18 days. So glad our international delegates are here! #umc” (Added 5-6-2022)

WCA Revises Its Mission, Elects New President” by Walter Fenton via WCA. Summary of key actions of the WCA Legislative Assembly. (Added 5-6-2022)

Reform and Separation from a Wesleyan Perspective” by Wendy Deichmann via Catalyst. “Failure to cultivate or at least maintain institutional discipline makes it impossible for a denomination to address successfully the ongoing theological task (related to scriptural interpretation or human relationship, for example) or to communicate the spiritual outcomes of this process within the larger community of faith. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to confusion and loss of trust. In extreme cases, it leads to dissolution.” (Added 5-7-2022)

Florida Churches Among First to Exit from UMC to New, Conservative Methodist Denomination” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Church Leaders, repost from Religion News Service. Outside coverage oof the 107 Florida Churches seeking exit to the Global Methodist Church. (Added 5-7-2022)

The Global Methodist Church with Simon Mafunda and Keith Boyette” via Beliefs Matter Podcast (Confessing Movement). Maxie Dunnam interviews Boyette and Mafunda on the vision and status of the GMC. (Added 5-7-2022)

Quote by David DeSilva on the Launch of the GMC” via Billy Easum (Facebook)”Every UMC should read this quote from David DeSilva” (Added 5-6-2022)

Tweet by Liam Adams: Religion Reporter: “For the Methodist news nerds, here’s my thread from today’s Wesleyan Covenant Association Global Legislative Assembly. #WCA” Includes news that Jay Therrell was elected the new WCA President by a 97% margin. (Added 5-6-2022)

Tweet by Liam Adams: “One last thing to add to my tweets about the #WCA legislative assembly today, which is that I reached out to@rmnetwork to respond to the WCA’s task force report and recommendations on “sexual holiness, wholeness, and brokenness.” This is RMN’s response in full:” (Added 5-6-2022)

Black Leaders Discuss Church Future” by Jim Patterson via UMNS. Report on the recent meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal. (Added 5-6-2022)

Settlement Update” via Mt. Bethel. See also the same statement from NGC. “The Trustees of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, have jointly agreed to the general terms and framework of a full resolution of their pending dispute. All parties now look forward to the resolution of the civil litigation. We ask members of our faith communities for their prayers and patience during this time as we prepare formal documents to bring this dispute to a close.” (Added 5-6-2022)

Response of the Wesleyan Covenant Association to Open Letter from Some European Bishops” via UM Insight. Answering concerns for public support of the Romania Bulgaria Conference. (Added 5-6-2022)

A Word from Keith Boyette on Clergy Credentials” via IGRC WCA Facebook Group. Advising clergy not to surrender their UMC credentials. Use the transfer provisions. (Added 5-5-2022)

In Defense of the Trust Clause” by Sam Powers. “The architecture of our buildings can draw us upward in wonder as we encounter the divine. Within our shared covenant, they are larger than local ownership. They are ours together.” (Added 5-5-2022)

“The Ukraine Moldova Provisional AC Moved from Eurasia to the Nordic and Baltic Area” via Press Release. “The Ukrainian pastors and members decided they could no longer be under Russia, and they
wanted to be free to choose where they want to go to.” (Added 5-5-2022)

Letter from Paul Lawler via New Methodist Movement. “As you may already know, Asbury United Methodist in Huntsville/Madison, which is the largest church in the North Alabama Conference, voted by a 90 plus percent majority to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. The Florida Conference has 107 churches that will be disaffiliating from the United Methodist Church. Be mindful, as other churches are acting, you too need to act now if you wish to disaffiliate.” (Added 5-5-2022)

United Women in Faith Voices Alarm at Possible Overturning Roe vs. Wade” by Press Release via UM Insight. UWiF, formerly United Methodist Women issue statement: “We call on federal and state legislators to act to protect the lives of women and girls by codifying their right to privacy, to legal and safe contraceptives, and, in tragic conflicts of life with life, abortions. State-coerced motherhood—like state-coerced sterilization—undermines women’s ability to carefully discern and follow God’s calling in their lives.” (Added 5-5-2022)

The 2024 United Methodist General Conference Delegation” by Mark Davies via UM Insight. “Too much has changed in United Methodism to hold a General Conference in 2024 with delegates elected in 2019, many of whom will not even be United Methodists when the General Conference meets in 2024.” (Added 5-5-2022)

Failure to Launch: Reflections on the UMC” by Lisa Schubert Nowling. “We’ve failed to empower laity to re-orient us, not only around LGBTQIA+ inclusion, but also around racial equity, gender parity, and economic and climate justice.” (Added 5-5-2022)

The World is Not My Parish” by David Scott via UM & Global. Why the famous quote by Wesley is not the best motto for UM Missions. (Added 5-5-2022)

Tweet by Justus Hunter. “Seeing the burden of disorder and chaos on Methodist seminarians this semester. The personal cost of this fragmentation will be substantial. It would be good, especially for clergy, to keep this in mind when using social media, and to resist the temptation to add to the noise.” (Added 5-5-2022)

Buyer Beware: Updated Edition” by David Livingston. Kansas pastor continues his analysis of the GMC Transitional Discipline. (Added 5-5-2022)

Lessons from Mainline Decline” by Kevin DeYoung via World. “Relevant Christianity doesn’t stay relevant for long. Reinterpreted Christianity may appeal to the deconstructing, but it does not win the hearts and minds of the lost.” (Added 5-5-2022)

The Spirit of a New Connection” by Walter Fenton via Global Methodist. “…when a connected church fails to maintain accountability and yet simultaneously seeks to preserve its power, authentic connectionalism is lost, the seeds of division are sown, and internal strife eventually weakens its ability to fulfill its greater mission.” (Added 5-4-2022)

Post by Bishop Bill Lewis. Retired NCJ Bishop offers a “good riddance” post on the UMC Split: “The half is better than the whole.” (Added 5-4-2022)

‘We Remain United Methodists Until 2024’” by E. Julu Swen via UM Insight. Bishop Quire of Liberia says the conference will stay in the UMC at least until General Conference meets. (Added 5-3-2022)

From the Bishop: Graciously Moving Forward” by Bishop Fairley via North Carolina Conference. Releasing a plan for disaffiliation and calling a special session to handle requests. (Added 5-3-2022)

Is Perception Reality?” by Doron Taussig and Anthony M. Nadler: “In anticipation of the May 1 launch of the traditionalist Global Methodist Church, United Methodist Insight presents this article from The Conversation with a question: to what extent does the perception expressed in this study play a role in the impending break of traditionalist United Methodists?” (Added 5-3-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley. “Interesting theological assertion at Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. Christ obviously values women and men but does He “trust” women or men? His mission to save us implies none of us are fully trustworthy.” (Added 5-3-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley: “In 2016 United Methodism deleted its longtime support for Roe vs Wade, 1st adopted in 1976. It’ll be interesting what post-schism UMC does without Africa & USA traditionalists who pushed UMC in pro-life direction.” (Added 5-3-2022)

Tweet by Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons: “The United Methodist Church — the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination — just put up a powerful pro-choice message today at its D.C. office, which is located directly across the street from the Supreme Court and Congress.” (Added 5-3-2022)

Do Unto Others?” by Robert Hunt via UM Insight. “Our competing United Methodist narratives of self-justification have been honed and passed on for so long (more than a century) that their axiomatic assumptions are not longer questioned by either side. To each side they appear self-evident, and thus remain unexamined.” (Added 5-3-2022)

A History of Incompatibility, Part Five” by Charlie Baber via UM Insight. “The evangelical church has by and large produced huge swaths of cold and callous, fearful Christians who demonize gay people, not because they engage in gay sex practices, but because they are gay.” (Added 5-3-2022)

The WCA: Forked Tongue Time” by Steve Harper via UM Insight. Criticizes the WCA for not leaving the UMC fast enough. (Added 5-3-2022)

New UMC: Withness” by Steve Harper via UM Insight. “As a third-order movement, the new UMC has the opportunity to be one of the wineskins into which God’s new wine can be poured and through which it can be poured out.” (Added 5-3-2022)

The UMC of Tomorrow Begins Today” by JJ Warren via UM Insight. LGBTQ Clergy Candidate: “Now is the time be in dialogue with one another in our churches, in our Annual Conferences, and across the global United Methodist Connection to dream and begin to practice what our life together as The United Methodist Church will look like after the inevitable separation in 2024.” (Added 5-3-2022)

This is What It Means to #BeUMC” by Dianne Toby via UM Insight. “To leave would be to allow it to be taken over by those I believe do not understand what it means to love a God who is by very name and nature love. I will stay, and I will continue to work for the full inclusion of ALL God’s children. That is what it means to me to #BeUMC.” (Added 5-3-2022)

Post by Stanley Garland via Facebook. “Today posted, 107 Florida churches are leaving the UMC for the new traditional Methodist GMC. (Reports in say 71 churches in North Georgia Conference with many more filing papers now. ) South Georgia numbers not in yet.” (Added 5-3-2022)

Who Are We? Who Do We Want to Be? Who SHOULD We Be?” by Sky McCracken via First Methodist Jackson, TN. Pastoral letter on the division of the UMC. (Added 5-3-2022)

Post by Bob Phillips via Facebook. Lists the thirteen financial categories local churches have to pay to leave the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference under the disaffiliation paragraph. (Added 5-03-2022)

Tweet by Bishop Karen Oliveto: “I’m at a retreat for the Episcopal priests of Colorado. The theme is ecumenical partnerships. Lutheran Bishop Jim Gonia reminds us we are called not to a ministry of competition but a ministry of collaboration. #BetterTogether” (Added 5-3-2022)

107 Florida Methodist Churches Depart United Methodist Church” by Jay Therrell via Florida WCA Facebook. “107 represents approximately 20% of the 560 United Methodist Churches in the Florida Conference. This broad group of churches include both large and small congregations along with Anglo, African American, Latino, Korean, and other ethnic communities of faith. These churches will align with the new Global Methodist Church (“GMC”) which launched on May 1, 2022.” (Added 5-3-2022)

Post by Billy Easum via Facebook. Author and church consultant recalls his first appointment in 1967 where is predecessor did not believe in the resurrection. “The UMC is apostate, dead and buried. It’s days are truly numbered.” (Added 5-3-2022)

Is Your Church Considering Disaffiliation?” via Good News. Promotes a May 10 Church Trust Law Webinar featuring attorney Lloyd Lunceford. (Added 5-3-2022)

We Will Continue On the Path We Have Taken” by Klaus Ulrich Ruof via emk.de. Andreas Kraft says: “The German community association of the UMC will not join the Global Methodist Church.” [Google Translation from German] (Added 5-3-2022)

The Messiness of Methodism” by Ryan Danker. “There is nothing wrong with denominations. But deep down, I hope that Wesleyans view them as necessary organizational entities rather than essential defining structures. Wesleyanism is a movement, even a messy one. And it’s a movement that includes the participants in a holiness camp meeting, the liberal Protestant mainliner, the warm hearted Anglican, the Pentecostal healer, and so many more. The unity we share isn’t institutional. It never has been.” (Added 5-3-2022)

After Years of Loud Debate, Conservatives Quietly Split from United Methodist Church” by Emily McFarlan Miller via Religion News Service. Outside coverage of the GMC Launch: The Wesleyan Covenant Association will contribute more than $1 million to the GMC from its Next Methodism Fund. (Added 5-2-2022)

Touching the Third Rail” by JJ Mannschreck. “The world does not need the “anti gay” church or even a “pro-gay” church. The world need a church that feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits the sick and tells everyone about God’s love as shown in Jesus Christ.” (Added 5-2-2022)

Retired Bishop Leaves UMC for New, Conservative Church over ‘Significant Disagreement’ On Theology” by Michael Gryboski via Christian Post. Outside coverage of Mike Lowry’s exit to the GMC. (Added 5-2-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley. “United Methodism 1968 was high tide for modernist Mainline Protestantism; fast receding waters ever since. UMC effectively ends w/schism into postmodern new churches: progressive, USA evangelical & African/Global South” (Added 5-2-2022)

UMC Africa Initiative Celebrates the Launch of the Global Methodist Church” by Press Release via UM Voices. “We welcome the Global Methodist Church to Africa as a faithful, Christ-centered Wesleyan Evangelical Partner toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.” (Added 5-2-2022)

‘Be Patient and Keep Focused on Ministry’: South Carolina United Methodist Conference Responds to Breakaway Denomination” by Kayland Hagwood via wltx.com. Local coverage of the launch of the GMC. (Added 5-2-2022)

Overheard: The largest church in the North Alabama Conference, Asbury Church in Madison (attendance 2720), voted on May 1 to leave the UMC. The margin is said to have been 92%. (Added 5-2-2022)

Tweet by Mark Tooley. “Prediction: most of 13 million United Methodists (7 million in Africa; 6.2 million in USA) will ultimately land in Global Methodist Church.” (Added 5-2-2022)

An Historic Day” by Warren Lathem via Facebook. “I have applied to the Global Methodist Church to transfer my ordination to this new movement. If they accept me, I will then surrender my ordination to the UMC.” (Added 5-1-2022)

Tweet by Ben Gosden. “Wishing the very best to those Methodists venturing out today to be a part of the GMC. May your saddlebags be full, your hearts strangely warm, and your vision ever fixed upon the Kingdom. We don’t have to agree on everything to pray for God’s abundant grace for one another.” (Added 5-1-2022)

Post by Billy Easum via Facebook. “It’s been said that crisis brings out who we really are. If that’s true then many UMC bishops and District Superintendents are being found wanting in Gods eyes.” (Added 5-1-2022)

To our Friends, Fellow Servants, and Partners in the Gospel” by Keith Boyette and the Transitional Leadership Council of the GMC. Launch Letter: “We are utterly dependent upon the transforming power of God the Holy Spirit to fulfill God’s calling on each of us to be salt and light in this generation.” (Added 5-1-2022)

Crossing the Rubicon: A Bishop Says Goodbye to the United Methodist Church” by Bishop Mike Lowry. Correspondence between Bishop Harvey and Bishop Lowry on his exit from the UMC. “I perceive a significant disagreement over what constitutes “ultimate integrity” and where our ultimate allegiance lays.” (Added 5-1-2022)

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